Too many would-be entrepreneurs are stuck in the land of fairy tales. Dreamers, blinded by the supposed genius of their ideas, fantasize about how marvelous life will be when they’re running the show. As a result of misplaced motivation, they usually bounce from idea to idea, or focus on all the wrong things. They’ll spend months writing a business plan (prematurely), perfecting website colors, printing fancy business cards, and so on. Of course you should dream, just make sure both feet are planted firmly on the ground. Dream where you’ll be in a decade, and plan where you’ll be next year. Knowledge alone isn’t power, it’s only potential power. Action is power. Take massive action in the direction of your dreams. Create a plan that outlines how to get from where you are now to where you ultimately want to be. Be honest with yourself, and determine as quickly as you can whether this is a viable business opportunity or a fantasy. If it turns out the idea won’t work, c’est la vie. Get mad, get over it, and change your business model to make it work. If you’re serious about building a business, be a doer, not a dreamer.
The Agile Startup is an inspiring compilation of the most important lessons of innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s easier than ever to start a new business, and the potential rewards are enormous. But even with all of the available advantages and resources, the likelihood of any one business succeeding is slim. That’s why you need the simple, clear, actionable lessons found in The Agile Startup.
Author Matt Sand
Passionate about making a difference through innovation and entrepreneurship.