“Don’t you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct.”
— Barbara Corcoran
“I actually think every individual is now an entrepreneur, whether they recognize it or not.”
— Reid Hoffman
Dear Aspiring Entrepreneur,
As summer draws to a close, I wanted to share some recent takeaways that I’ve learned from others, from experience, and from my virtual mentors in cyberspace. Mentors who have impacted my Theory of Mind and helped me write my book, The NICE Reboot. Mentors who have been like the Jedi from Star Wars or like Socrates. Mentors who can really help you on your startup’s journey, and make a real difference in your company’s culture and growth.
Here are 7 lessons for today’s entrepreneur; one for every day of the week:
1. Simplicity is the key to innovation. Problem solving is all about harnessing the power of Occam’s Razor, and using it to launch your service/product. That’s one of the underlying themes of one of the best business books I read this year, Creativity Inc. (which deserves its own blogpost….stay tuned:) It’s also in another great book, Rework.
2. On the job learning is the key to personal and professional growth. Leadership training wheels will need to come off at some point so that the true learning and collaboration in real time begins. True learning leads to better balance of humanity/technology and increased ability to embed social entrepreneurship into your mission’s DNA.
3. Taking risks is a deliberate, formulaic act that results from having a PLAN. Being a “sidepreneur” has its perks. Taking a back seat sometimes leads to altering plans, making them better. Read how Even Superman Needs to Be Clark Kent Sometimes.
4. Emotional intelligence is actually a double edged sword to be wielded wisely, especially by your digital avatar. This great infographic explains. Lots of food for thought for your social media presence and marketing campaigns!
5. Be vigilant about undoing the damage of sitting too long in one position, or of typing too long. Life’s not a dress rehearsal, and your body’s not an interchangeable costume. Your body’s health is more important than the health of your company.
6. Play= Happiness. Happiness leads to increased drive and subsequent success. Success, no matter what one’s definition of it is, is what learning and living is all about. Real living starts to happen when you find happiness by having the courage to let go of what you can’t change. I write more about this in my latest Tumblr post, which you can read here.
7. Entrepreneurship is both a learning and doing kind of process! Learn from the detours and mistakes, and stay curious! There are many puzzle pieces and road maps to be found, leading to untold opportunities and success. Gird yourself with the wisdom of others, and that little voice in your head, leading you to uncover hidden truths and lessons yet to be discovered.
Buckle up and enjoy the ride!