I hosted a Tele-call with Mike Michalowicz, Author of the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, this past week and it really got me thinking about how much we put off in the hopes that we can do it better if we wait for our “circumstances” to improve. What does this mean exactly? Are we waiting for the economy to improve? Are we waiting to learn some more “stuff” before we get going? Are we trying to find money to fund our project? Are we hoping to get someone’s “approval” to begin? Are we just scared? Are we waiting until our kids are toilet trained? Are we hoping it will all be perfect the first time?
How did we get to this point and what can we do about it?
First of all, as Entreprenettes trying to launch in general, we work harder than anyone else we know, usually logging in 16 hour days to get it all done. We sweat over the smallest detail, worry about every penny and try to read as much as possible to get it done as close to right the first time. Is this going to change if any of the above “circumstances” change?
NO WAY JOSE.
None of those things on your list make a difference in when you decide to get your rear-end in gear. As Mike reminded us all, it’s time to think outside of outside the box. LET’S KICK THE EXCUSES TO THE CURB SHALL WE?
The economy will improve and if you are ready to take advantage of it then you will come out on top. As you DO, you will learn more. Try to figure out how to get things for free. An example is to go to a local college and try to get the business school to take on your business as a project. If you can’t find someone who likes your idea then it might not be a good one.
Entrepreneurs are scared all the time but keep going.
No kid ever went to college in a diaper.
You will probably want to update your idea from time to time anyway, so don’t worry about it being perfect now. It will probably never be perfect to you. Here are some suggestions for taking just ONE step this week towards making your “big idea” a reality:
1) Make one call you have been putting off.
2) Ask one question you need to know to move forward.
3) Research one thing on line.
4) Ask one person if they like your idea.
5) Be thankful that you have an idea worth pursuing. When in doubt, take the next step.
By: Sarah Shaw, SMARTY Member, Guest Blogger and Founder of The Entreprenette.