“We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.”
Let me put some things in perspective for the would-be or wanna-be entrepreneur. Simply put: talk is cheap. You either need to put up or shut up.
That being said, let me go a step further. You need to have a plan and a strategy before you foolishly go full speed ahead with your small biz launch. Think it through and get your ducks in the row. However, you better get busy doing what you have to do.
Remember: talk is cheap.
I chose the Maxwell quote because it strikes right at the heart of most start-up issues, particularly the barriers. The biggest barrier is usually the person who is starting the organization or business.
They know how to cook well, but they are satisfied baking cakes for the women's auxiliary at church and the PTA's annual bake sale fundraiser. They have heart without drive. They are in their own way much like the guy who can research and find every single thing from books and quotes to grants and special programs. That type of person may be viewed as an asset to those who do not feel like paying for such a service, but he needs to get on and get into business for himself as a researcher and perhaps an evaluator if he wants to succeed. Otherwise, he can sit back and keep getting stepped on and stepped over by others who will use him for nothing.
1) Make a commitment to grow daily.
2) Value the process more than events.
3) Don't wait for inspiration.
4) Be willing to sacrifice pleasure for opportunity.
5) Dream big.
6) Plan your priorities.
7) Give up to go up.
― John C. Maxwell