Many of you are people who have taken the leap from employee to entrepreneur. You have a strong connection to your passion and a belief that you can make a living serving the world in this way. Taking this leap is an incredibly brave and often very difficult decision. We hear these stories every day. Something we don't often talk about is the challenges of navigating the path to success once the leap has been made. I've never met an entrepreneur who ended up doing exactly what they set out to do. The vision remains the same, but the journey always takes unexpected twists and turns. And you must follow this path guided by only your own compass. As this is often uncharted territory, how will you know that you're doing the right thing?
I particularly like this clip from a speech given by Steven Spielberg about following your intuition:
"The thing I really want to emphasize is, I didn't have a choice. I didn't have a choice . . . the dream is something you never knew was going to come into your life. Dreams always come from behind you, not right between your eyes. It sneaks up on you. But when you have a dream, it doesn't often come at you screaming in your face, "This is who you are, this is what you must be for the rest of your life." Sometimes a dream almost whispers. And I've always said to my kids, the hardest thing to listen to—your instincts, your human personal intuition—always whispers; it never shouts. Very hard to hear. So you have to every day of your lives be ready to hear what whispers in your ear; it very rarely shouts. And if you can listen to the whisper, and if it tickles your heart, and it's something you think you want to do for the rest of your life, then that is going to be what you do for the rest of your life, and we will benefit from everything you do." - Steven Spielberg
Here it is in video format:
Here are a few other suggestions for how to stay on the right path (though, good to note that an occasional fall off of the path has its benefits, too)
- find a mentor that you trust
- only present your ideas to a small group of people whose opinion you trust very much
- develop a strong network of entrepreneurs
What did your whisper say today?