In my early teens, a friend of mine and I came up with a business idea. It was essentially identical to what’s today known as Google Maps. The idea never took off because it needed a seed capital of around $20K which for young teenagers was a huge amount of money. Thinking back, I can’t help but wonder if I knew then what I know now about raising capital how things would’ve been different.
You go to an NLP training, a life coaching course or a motivational seminar and the general theme is that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. You just got to have what it takes! This I believe is absolutely true. However this isn’t the complete story.
Before you get all enthusiastic, start roaring loudly and bouncing off walls with excitement because you know you got what it takes to make your dream come true, there is a question you might want to ask yourself first.
Do you KNOW what it takes to make your dreams come true?
The reason my friend and I didn’t succeed in launching our business was because we didn’t really know what it took to make it happen. We were all excited, enthusiastic and ready to do whatever it takes. We just didn’t know exactly what it was!
Everyone who knew me as a young man knows that I was an F1 fanatic. And all I wanted to be was an F1 driver. After I learned my lesson from the first business venture that didn’t take off I set my mind on discovering what it entitles to become an F1 driver first. Following a moderate amount of research and finding out all about the gruelling physical regimes that the drivers have to live by, I knew that this wasn’t for me. Yes, I voluntarily abandoned what I once thought was my biggest dream ever. This saved me a lot of trouble and heartache! I satisfactorily concluded that being an F1 driver isn’t for me and then happily moved on to something else that I knew I’d enjoy more.
So before you dive in head first in your new venture, here are some simple steps you can follow:
- Define your ultimate goal, the idea that gets you all excited and enthusiastic.
- Figure out what it takes to make it happen being it skills, resources, sacrifices etc.
- After collecting the facts, you now can decide whether this is something you really want to pursue.
- If not, have the courage to abandon it and move on to something you know you can commit to.
- If yes, great! Start working on it immediately and make it come true!
You see, when we think of rock stars, gold medal Olympians or billionaires we only see the end result. However many fail to estimate the magnitude of work these spectacular individuals put on the path to achieving such magnificent results. Once you figure out exactly what it takes to make it happen, you’re in a better position to make an informed decision on whether this is something for you, or not. And if you decide it is, chances are you’ll be more equipped to make it happen then.
Enthusiasm and great energy are essential requirements on your way to success, but they’re not enough. Before you dive in head first, educate yourself on what it takes to achieve your goals, research what is essential to make things happen and then once you decide this is for you, enthusiastically and excitedly get on track. And who knows, maybe you’ll end up being the creator of the next Google Maps!
Until next time,
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