Do you dither and worry whether to take the plunge and start a new business? We spotted a list of 15 reasons why to say yes to that challenge here, over on Inc. The list is written by Jeff Haden, and it makes for quite a compelling read.
So…. here are those reasons to say yes to trying.
Everyone’s number one bugbear: I’m just too busy. No, you’re not, he suggests: you choose to be. ‘Everyone has the same amount of time. The only difference is what you’re willing to do with yours.’
You may not have as much money as you’d like, before launching into something. But you have what you have, he seems to suggest: what will you do with it?
‘Face it: You will never have “enough” cash or funding. Never. If you don’t have enough capital to launch your business the way you plan, change your plan.’
Yes, there is fear: there will inevitably be fear. It’s a scary thing you’re trying. ‘Every entrepreneur is scared. (Or at least should be.)’ But fear can be fuel too.
You have a choice, he suggests: ‘let your fears hold you back or use those same fears as fuel to do whatever it takes to succeed’.
This is expressed nicely – how a ‘great network is like a pyramid with a wide base, not a thin vertical line that goes straight to the top’. You need to build a foundation.
What with social media, anyway, if you’re so inclined, there’s almost no one you can’t reach out to. But ‘never forget that the more influential the person, the more besieged they are with requests. Have a good reason to connect, give before you expect to receive, and you might be surprised by the people who respond.’
Feel you’ve missed the boat? Obsessed you may have?
Every entrepreneur is building on everything and everyone that’s gone before. ‘Innovation is never one-and-done; some of the most successful companies are based on refining earlier ideas and innovations.’
Keep looking, keep building. Keep learning. Keep seeing.
If people don’t listen, maybe that’s useful feedback – to adapt your message? ‘People will listen to anything that is entertaining, interesting, heartfelt, amusing, shocking, informative, titillating, stupid, satirical, controversial, sad, silly, sexy…’ suggests the Inc piece.
If people don’t listen, say it differently, or say something different. ‘Then they’ll listen.’
Be willing to do what’s necessary to learn, seems to be the message. ‘Go to school. Read a book…’; ‘Find someone who has done what you want to do and volunteer to work for free in return for the opportunity to learn.’
And if all that makes you angry and despondent – if it seems ‘too hard’ or ‘not fair’, well, maybe ‘accept that you will never have the skills and stop complaining.’ (The piece is good for not pulling its punches.)
‘Skills and knowledge are earned,’ it reminds; ‘not given’.
You may feel you haven’t, but maybe a bit of reframing might help? ‘Dreaming up something new is really, really hard’, says the piece. ‘Reacting to something that already exists is really, really easy.’
He suggests you walk around ‘and start complaining (to yourself). You’ll see tons or problems that require solutions. Those solutions are ideas.’
‘New’, he suggests, is ‘hard to imagine’; better ‘is much easier’.
Risking is a big fear when people contemplate stepping out into the unknown. But how often do we consider the risk of not?
‘A risk you take today is a risk you can recover from’, he says. What’s more, chances are you’ll ‘emerge stronger and smarter and better prepared to succeed in the future’.
And what if you don’t take the gamble on your dream? Not doing so may be ‘one risk you should never take’, he poses.
So many people live in ‘an endless loop of “refinement”’, is how he puts it. Delaying and delaying starting. Isn’t this really masking insecurity?
‘Do your best, and then step back’, he suggests, as an alternative.
Distinguish, this point says, between your ethics and your comfort zone – i.e. if you really can’t approve of something, don’t be drawn to do it. But if it’s just challenging your traditional status quo, hey, why not give that a go?
‘Stretch yourself.’ You may be surprised, he says.
No one’s success is, he proposes. Look at existing success stories and you’ll see. ‘Their success was only inevitable in hindsight.’
Instead, you need something called self-belief. Develop it.
‘Long journeys are hard’, he says. ‘Individual steps are easy.’
So, take it all a step at a time, and try not to be overwhelmed by the bigger story. Take the first step. Don’t just think you can – or must – lunge for the glory.
That’s right. You may fear humiliation, and people can be cruel. But ignore the surface, he says. ‘Those are the same people who would never dare to try something themselves.’
What’s more, plenty of others will be, even if secretly, admiring. ‘They’ll recognize a kindred spirit. They’ll empathize. They’ll encourage.’
This ties in with number 13, in a way. Don’t be daunted. Don’t be overwhelmed. Just begin…
It’s a great list, with more to it than we’ve absorbed here. See it in full over on Inc.