Entrepreneurs, For Goodness Sake, Just Do It!
Posted by Matt Krautstrunk on February 1, 2011 in Business Start Up Advice [ 2 Comments ]
What are you waiting for, the perfect idea? More money? For it to happen on its own? Everybody dreams of being the next Mark Zuckerberg, but what separates us from him is not a half completed Harvard degree. It’s not a genetic entrepreneurial trait or even luck. It is the fact that Zuckerberg, like all successful entrepreneurs, was not afraid to “do it.” Yea, it’s as simple as that. Sure entrepreneurs, the successful ones, may have a bit of luck a long the way, but many of them simply found what they loved and turned it in to a business, by doing it.
The key is to just get on the bike, and the key to getting on the bike… is to stop thinking about ‘there are a bunch of reasons I might fall off’ and just hop on and peddle the thing. You can pick up a map, a tire pump, and better footwear along the way. – Dick Costolo, Founder of Feedburner.com
Are you fearful of hard work? Probably not, we put everything and then some in to our jobs. We can take direction, disseminate information, and literally sacrifice ourselves for another cause. If you are lazy, and lacking direction, that’s another story,what better inspiration to get you off the couch than starting a company?
I did not realize the level of sacrifice that would be required to become not only an entrepreneur, but a successful entrepreneur. Don’t get me wrong, it is worth every single second, but I had no idea that friends and family would not be able to relate. – Amber Schaub, Founder of Rufflebutts.com
Are you waiting for everything to be perfect? There is no perfect time to start a business. Whether it be externally or internally, the time will never be absolutely perfect. Starting a business in a recession with no money will teach you valuable lessons about managing your money. Creating a business in a booming economy, crazy competition and high expectations, will teach you how to differentiate yourself. If you have a great idea, and then proceed to make an excuse as to why you haven’t done it, you are guilty! If this sounds like you- “I think it would be a great idea to start a mom and pop coffee shop on 5th ave, but I wouldn’t know what the laws are with permits and real estate is probably really expensive,” stop the excuses! Make actionable steps to address your barrier to entry.
Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. – George Washington Carver
Are you waiting for that XXX amount of money? Ok, this is a bit tougher situation for some people. However, money should never get in the way of a dream. If you have that perfect idea for an iPhone app but don’t have money to pay a developer, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways that people are raising capital these days, you just may have to a bit more creative. Inc.’s How to Raise Start-Up Capital offers ideas on bootstrapping, angel investors and bank loans.
Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you. – Maya Angelou
Your ideas shouldn’t wait. Time is ticking, if you feel that too much time has “tuck” and you are too late; think again. Draft up a rough business plan tonight to make up lost ground. A great idea should never be wasted or forgotten.
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