What are the odds you have been sitting on a fantastic idea for quite some time now?
I’d say they’re pretty good. You’ve been in this world for awhile and you’ve likely figured out how to do something better or cheaper or faster than anyone else.
Or you’ve looked all over for something you’d like to have that just doesn’t exist. And you’ve thought to yourself, “I could do that.”
And that’s where it stops.
It doesn’t have to be some life changing idea or something destined to win an award for most successful startup of the year. Better mousetraps are usually conjured up by the very people who’d like to use them.
- Maybe it’s something that would only help a dozen people.
- Maybe it’s just for your community.
- Or maybe it’s something that will catch on like wildfire, but you just can’t see past that very first step.
You don’t need any more time to think about this great idea. It’s likely already fully formed, you’re just waiting on some lighting bolt to show you how to bring it to life.
In the meantime your idea, left to its own devices, just sits there, fading, languishing, festering. At some point, it becomes obsolete or you become too used to the inertia that it never gets born.
And that would be tragic.
How much longer are you going to allow yourself to just think about it? And think about it? And think about it some more?
What if you did just one thing to engage your entrepreneurial mindset and bring that idea into fruition today?
- Maybe you investigate manufacturers or have a prototype built by the end of the month.
- Maybe you make just one phone call a day for this entire week, pulling the thread to see what’s next.
- Maybe you start writing – don’t finish, just start. Somewhere. In the middle. And you make a big mess of it but at least you have begun.
Take the first step.
If you’re waiting for guarantees – instant success, no pain, financial reward, easy startup – I’m afraid they don’t exist.
And that’s precisely what keeps most people from taking that first, tentative, scary step.
Will it be a success? Maybe.
It will definitely be a total, utter, and complete failure….if you do nothing.
Sure, you don’t have to run the risk of being publicly embarassed but even with egg on your face, skinned knees, and blisters on your hands you’re a far more successful sight than somewho who chose to stay home from the game.
One of my “middle of the night” ideas is to write a book – a really big one – about all the failures I’ve had! All the things I started that crashed and burned. All the times I took a risk and feel flat on my face. All the money I’ve lost, the embarassment I’ve faced, the complete and utter and abject disappointment I have experienced.
I could write a whole chapter on the days I felt like the biggest loser on the planet. I suspect it would resonate with those who have taken years to become an “overnight success.”
Those crazy ideas come to us quickly. We expect the “how to make it happen” part will be just as simple. That’s where people get stuck.
Here’s how it really works.
Take the first step. You will feel a shift in your energy.
Then take the next step. By the time you take the third step, you will have momentum. You don’t have to do it all at once, just keep doing the next thing.
The time to become an entrepreneur is now. The day to take that first awkward, uncomfortable step is today. Your amazing idea for a product, event, book, radio show, charity, software, startup, process, or system is ripe and the world couldn’t be more ready to receive it.
You have a finite number of days left – plant this incredible idea of yours and let it take root.
Now stop trying to figure out if you should become an entrepreneur and go after your dreams like you mean it.