My best friends describe me in one word: passionate. I’m always passionate about learning, finding out new things and trying to structure business ideas around them. And every time I have a new idea, I tell people about it or I pitch it in my public speaking Toastmasters club. And then it may happen that I amend it or I come up with a completely new one.
Following the old English proverb, curiosity killed the cat. What about the entrepreneur in me? It didn’t kill me but, being split between various points of interest, can sometimes be very time and energy consuming. Especially when you have to juggle different activities in one day, like a full time job, your favorite side hustle (that you hope one day will become your number one activity) family and social life, and, of course, sleeping.
But in my early 30s, when I started to be more familiar with myself and my values, I joined different local networks of entrepreneurs and talked to people. I understood that being curious, flexible and open-minded is actually an asset. Curiosity comes with a constant flow of ideas and entertains your imagination. Looking for ideas and changes, this is how to survive as an entrepreneur.
To let it go or not? That is the big question!
In your entrepreneurial journey, what you think now, may be different from what you will think in six months time. You start with an idea. You go ahead testing it, you ask people around you for their opinions. And you may notice that your idea is not suitable for the market, that people have different needs.
In this case you may drop your idea, or you can simply amend it.
Remember that, as an entrepreneur, you are more at the service of your customer, not at the service of your own ideas. It’s not only about following your passion. Feel free to showcase the products and services you want and you love if you have just a hobby. But if you want to run a lucrative business, follow people’s needs and be perceived as a way to solve their problems.
You need to learn how to let it go: if an idea doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, so you will have to drop it or to amend it. Maybe you still have to work on your initial idea to show its potential. If you can see it becoming a great idea in the future, you may not want to discard it completely.
Ideas may evolve over time
Sometimes when you think an idea is the end, it may be just a path to something else. You adapt your idea, and then you discover that there may be other things that you can add to it.
Some of the best ideas in the entrepreneurial world, were completely different from their original version. The idea might have been a failure as it was intended but it sparked an entire new thought process and brand-new applications. These accidental inventions ended up being something completely different because someone had the ability to see through the original application.
For example, both the slinky and silly putty toys were intended for industrial application. However, they failed as intended and instead became some of the most popular toys ever invented.
Unleash your imagination!
Take note that no new idea must be discarded just because it has never been considered before.
Hence, by considering this challenge, you get to ask yourself to think unusual and differently. Take a glance at your surroundings, at the house or apartment you are living in, at the fixtures and furniture in this space. Look at the clothes that you wear. Each manufactured product you view was, at one time or another, an idea or thought in a person’s mind.
To put it simply, let your imagination simply run wild! And, of course, keep a notebook and a pen within reach jot your thoughts down.
3 qualities of a successful entrepreneur
Charles Swindoll, famous American pastor, author and educator said “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it”.
As an entrepreneur it is very important to be curious and creative, to think “outside the box”.
But the world around you sends feedback and reactions all the time. The trends evolve and, in order to have a successful and perennial business, you have to be a good listener and integrate this feedback into your decisions. And be flexible enough to change your initial ideas, to come up with new ones and get a problem-solver attitude.