Entrepreneurship and the Big Idea!

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE BIG IDEA!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about entrepreneurship and some possible ventures for my business that I could feel passionate about. With so many new technologies and options available it is hard to narrow down an idea that would be worth pursuing. I have ideas all the time and some are not all that bad and then others are… well, not so good. So when is a good time to pursue an idea and how would you know if it’s a good enough idea to go after?

For me, being a creative professional with many years of experience my first thought would be to leverage my talents and knowledge and look at startups or opportunities in that area. This sounds like it would be a good idea simply due to the fact that I would be able to use everything I’ve picked up over the years and apply that to my new venture. So what would be some good paths to look at? Possibly a commerce website that I could sell products. Sure I know how to build a website and how to sell products online but the real question here is what products do I try to sell? There are already so many commerce websites out there and making mine stand out would definitely be a challenge. Finding the right product or niche would be crucial. Also, finding a way to add more value to it and tailoring it specifically toward my target audience would be a necessity. After all of this is figured out the next step would be how to market the site and get the word out there but which route is the best for that? Social media? Grassroots marketing? Advertisements? Whew… let’s stop here.

What I’m trying to get at is that the more you delve into one specific idea the more decisions you have to make and the more complex the solution seems to be. For me once I have an idea and begin brainstorming strategies to make it a reality and run into question after question it makes the original idea sound more and more difficult and unattainable. This eventual confusion and uncertainty has lead me to be less optimistic about my original ideas and eventually give up or put the idea on the back burner. For someone who wants to carve out a piece of the pie for my own this gets so frustrating and has driven me to research and learn more about what it takes to take an idea and bring it to fruition.

After all of this, I’ve learned the key is to not dwell on all of the decisions and “what ifs”, and go after your ideas. Be passionate about what you want to achieve and others will see that and get excited as well. Be ready to fail, I know, that sounds horrible but there are always lessons to learn when you do fail and to me failing in something is a necessary step in achieving success. If you have an idea, run with it and don’t worry about the negatives right off the bat. Just because an idea fails doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad idea, it could just mean that it was executed incorrectly and all that you need to do is re-evaluate it and create a different approach. If you never tried and never failed how would you ever know.

 

THE CHALLENGE

I’m not saying all of this to not follow the advice I’ve learned. The real reason is that I’m going to take that leap and take a chance. I would challenge you to do the same thing. My challenge for anyone interested and reading this is to take an idea or come up with one that you are passionate about and run with it. Take a leap of faith and give it a chance. Even if your dreams of entrepreneurship don’t work out, I can bet that you will learn a lot more about your idea and your self in the process. Keep trying and if you finally decide that maybe your idea wasn’t the next $1,000,000 idea or even possible, come up with a new venture and tackle that head on. When it comes to success and reaching your goals it’s not so much about end result, I think it is the journey that makes us who we are as people and entrepreneurs, so go get it and don’t be afraid to fail along the way.

We can learn a lot from each other and I want to build a community of like-minded individuals that are here to support and help one another in this adventure of entrepreneurship. If you have anything to add to this, please post a comment and let’s start sharing our thoughts, advice and ideas with one another.

If you like this post, please share it with others and let’s get excited about bringing your dreams of entrepreneurship to life.

 

Here are a couple resources that I like to use for information and ideas on startups and entrepreneurship.

1. Startups for the rest of us. www.startupsfortherestofus.com

2. Entrepreneur On Fire. www.entrepreneuronfire.com