Advice For Entrepreneurs
Advice for entrepreneurs is so freely given. Just ask anyone -- they'll tell ya.
But must you listen to it all? Of course not. Like me, I'll bet you listen to those that have earned a position as trusted advisor in your life, and shit-can the rest. At least that's the healthy approach. I've earned my stripes as trusted advisor for many. There was some dues paying as well. That's actually my first tip...cue door #1:
DEVELOP TRUSTED ADVISORS
What are the characteristics of a Trusted Advisor? I want mine to challenge my thinking. I want them to have my best interest in mind (not theirs or someone else's). I want them to have valid experience, including failures. And they must align in particular ways with my value system. Which leads me to door #2:
GET CLEAR ON WHAT YOU VALUE
If you're not clear on who you are and what you value, you'll be sloshing around in the mud, adopting someone else's values. Take the time and energy to decide what you're up to, and who you're going to be in the world. Determine what matters, and align your entrepreneurial actions to that. Stick within your own moral compass. How do you find this clarity? Door #2:
HIRE A GREAT COACH
Yes, at the risk of sounding self-serving, I mean this with my whole heart. I wouldn't give you this advice if I hadn't already invested thousands of dollars and puddles of blood, sweat, and tears into many coaching relationships myself, as I've meandered into the world of entrepreneurship.
I have gained exponentially by having my own coach.
Notice I am advising that you hire a GREAT coach. Not a good one, and certainly not a shitty one. Hire one that charges a fee that takes your breath away, not because they charge that fee, rather because you get that fee back times 10 in value. Everyone grows, and nobody dies. It's money well spent, as long as you both keep swinging for the cheap seats. Speaking of seats, Door # 4:
ENGAGE WITH A PEER COMMUNITY
Get a seat and have a chat within a community of like-minded individuals who are engaging in challenging, thought provoking conversations that foster perspective that's rich with opportunity. Entrepreneurs get lonely, and then make dumb moves. Okay, maybe that's extreme. But we do get lonely, and we're much better when we have other creative minds from which to spring our ideas on. Did I mention creativity? Door #5:
EXERCISE YOUR CREATIVITY DAILY
You would not have jumped in to the swirling, shark infested water of entrepreneurship if you were not creative. Sometimes, in the heat of the battle, us entrepreneurs might forget that it's our creativity that got us here. Practice it daily. Set aside time for new idea generation, or simply time to make an idea better. White board your brilliance, paint it, collage it, write it down, but for the love of GOD keep creating. On the topic of exercise, Door #6:
COMMIT TO A REGULAR SELF CARE REGIME
Yeah, I know. You've heard this before. But this time, take note. You are an entrepreneur. You make your own schedule. You call the shots. This can be a double edged sword, yes? Most entrepreneurs struggle to strike a healthy balance, as boundaries slip into the ethers. Since we get to decide exactly how we spend our time every day (rather than a boss dictating our every move) why not work in some committed self care? You know what it is that you need to keep your mind, body and spirit in good shape. Do that. And yes, Door #7, Doing:
We are dog-gone famous for this one. Never short on ideas - often short on execution. Waiting for perfect; completion but a dream. Constant motion shifting, learning, changing -- waiting for inspiration to FINISH. As Seth Godin says:
"SHIP IT. "
I say: 80% IS GOOD ENOUGH!
You can build upon it later. Allow your work to be born in the form of someone buying it before it's perfect. Use the feedback to modify and update -- or shit-can it too, if it sucks. At least you will have done something.
I know, some of this advice may seem harsh. I'm known for telling the brutal truth. And of course, you never have to believe me. You can always test these tips out for yourself. Or you can post your disagreement below in the comments. Since I own this blog, I get to decide if they get published or not. HA! See? That's why I'm an entrepreneur.
P.S. Just kidding about the publishing part -- I allow all thoughtful responses even if they hurt my ego.
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