I was asked recently what one piece of advice I would give to any entrepreneur, whether they’re starting out or have experience.
I have a love hate relationship with questions like this, because no one piece of advice is ever enough to answer the question on its own.
To be a great entrepreneur is a mixture of having the right mentality, good timing, great people around you, a little luck, a lot of dedication and determination to name just a few.
Becoming an entrepreneur is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and the most rewarding. But that’s not advice either.
If I had to give one piece of advice it would be to EXECUTE.
Do what you say you’re going to do! Come up with an idea, check its viability, write a plan and do whatever it takes to make it happen.
You see there are plenty of wishers, thinkers, believers, guessers, and ideas people out there. Not to mention all those rockstars, superstars, big shot millennial new age upstarts, who are grinding on their latest side hustle! YUCK! You know the “all talk no walk kind of people?”
I advise you to steer clear of all of that nonsense and focus on doing. In my experience it is the minority that are the doers, the people who take action. They’re the ones with the accolades.
The trick is to spend less of your time thinking, planning or talking about what you’re going to do, even though this process is ultimately still very important. Reserve the majority of your time for making it happen. Then you’ll find greater success, achievements and results.
Lots of entrepreneurs spend time and energy thinking about what they’re going to do with their millions before they’ve even earned the first pound. And how they’re going to complete stage two, three and four before they even completed stage one. According to the most popular blogging sites, media outlets, and mainstream YouTubers, being an entrepreneur is easier than ever. Don’t let yourself be too easily convinced that being an entrepreneur is anything less than one of the hardest but rewarding things you’ve ever done. It’s easy to get distracted by all the noise.
Simply spend as much of your time dedicated to focusing and executing on your plan. Turn your no’s into yeses. Change your stops into starts. Tackle problems with solutions.
Don’t be the person who had the idea, had the plan, told the world and failed to execute it.
You’re smarter than that. If you’re looking to take the first leap into building your digital product or service, start with an MVP. I’ve written a little something about that here.