It’s wise to leave aside all your preconceptions (and excitement) and clarify:
Talk with us. At the very least, we may be able to give you some paradigm-shifting ideas.
We have many successful, well-connected entrepreneurs who have survived some bad moves and may be able to help you avoid making the same mistakes. And as an added bonus, they may be able to help you make great connections.
We also have successful entrepreneurs who have taught entrepreneurship at universities for many years. This means they know how to communicate and back up their practical advice with relevant theories.
Get the right people on the Bus!
In the words of Jim Collins (Good to Great)
“When we began the research project, we expected to find that the first step in taking a company from good to great would be to set a new direction, a new vision and strategy for the company, and then to get people committed and aligned behind that new direction.
We found something quite the opposite.
The executives who ignited the transformations from good to great did not first figure out where to drive the bus and then get people to take it there. No, they first got the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off the bus) and then figured out where to drive it. They said, in essence, “Look, I don’t really know where we should take this bus. But I know this much: If we get the right people on the bus, the right people in the right seats, and the wrong people off the bus, then we’ll figure out how to take it someplace great.”
What is the best way of getting the right people on the bus?
Consistently building your network with like-minded others will produce great results.
When you build a community of like-minded others, you can expect safe(r), more predictable results.
The goal of any new business should be to acquire customers as soon as possible.
However, acquiring customers can be a huge challenge if it requires you to sell yourself and your brand-new product. You need advocates (preferably raving fans) to do that on your behalf.
You can easily solve this and many other problems when you have a busload of people “singing your praises” because you have pre-built trust with them.
Proactively building such a community, among many other benefits, will give you valuable, honest feedback on your ideas, help clarify your direction and give you the confidence to take your next steps.