In helping visionaries articulate their vision, I have made some incredible relationships. I just want to brag on my clients. They all have a passion for what they do. They have a heart to help others first, then be rewarded. I am proud and honored to have assisted them, even a little bit, in making their vision solid. And I am happiest when I see their dreams realized. I genuinely love the continual flow of giving and receiving knowledge and wisdom. Working with like-minded visionary clients is a true gift.
Entries in entrepreneurship (5)
I will be following Kauffman Foundation's research on entrepreneurship even closer as they are in pursuit of the "Magic Sauce". Here are some of the questions they are asking:
- Can we democratized the process of entrepreneurship so that it would be easier for people to pursue?
- What would it take for new firms to be more successful?
- How do we make companies grow faster?
We know the ingredients, but if they come up with something tasty, I will be sure to pass it along.
No one knows who first coined the phrase, "Necessity Is the Mother of Invention". However, we are seeing it played out more and more on today's economic stage. We join other necessity-driven entrepreneurs. In our case, we diversified our entrepreneurial efforts. In addition to the feast or famine business model of consulting, we have started The Letterman, an eBay store selling affordable sports apparel and active wear for both men and women.
The Letterman is actually my husband's dream. When I was pursuing an MBA almost 20 years ago, the first business plan I ever wrote was for his vision of a business. We even went so far as to look for a retail location because there was no such thing as eBay at that time. Because of risk averseness, we put the dream back on the shelf until now.
Cashflow is a challenge of any small business. However, the lack of it has caused forced ingenuity. Our greatest challenge has now become our greatest opportunity. I know it sounds cliche, but don't just think outside of the box, climb out of the box and go get that dream which is hidden on your shelf. I know from experience that it will be well worth it.
Have you read the Kauffman Foundation's Entrepreneur's Pledge? In case you haven't seen it, here it is:
The Entrepreneur's Pledge:
I am an Entrepreneur.
I am following a dream, pursuing an opportunity, taking charge of my own destiny.
I am bringing something of value to society, making a job for myself and for others, and creating wealth that benefits my family, my community, my country, my world.
I am one of a movement of millions of entrepreneurs and innovators who made America great, and who will continue to keep our economy going...and growing.
I am what I am because many people have helped me along on this journey.
I am currently enrolled in Mindset: Tapping Your Entrepreneurial IQ, an online learning program developed by the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative that enables aspiring entrepreneurs to tap directly into the knowledge and experience gathered from some of today’s most successful entrepreneurs. The two-hour, 38-minute "Mindset" program is currently being offered free to the first 250 qualified applicants through a scholarship funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
I'm not sure when they will be cutting off scholarship applications, but give it a shot. Go to entrepreneur.org to fill out the application. The the material is outstanding. Below is one of the compelling videos discussed in course entitled, "Shift Happens" by Karl Fisch, and modified by Scott McLeod.