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Hello SOTGC community,
For those of you not familiar with the “7 habits of highly effective people,” it’s a book that Dr. Stephen Covey wrote. He looked at habits of the top business people, assessed how they became so successful, and broke out the main reasons in his book. This is the first in a saga of how SOTGC keeps these habits in mind, and how they shape some of the decisions we make when growing a start-up business.
The first habit is: “Be Proactive”
“As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. We have the independent will to make our own choices and decisions, and the responsibility to make the right choices. You have the freedom to choose your own fate and path, so having the independent will, imagination and self-awareness to make the right move makes you a proactive, and not a reactive, person.”
For years my friends and I have spent endless hours at brunch, on hikes, and on vacation coming up with ideas for inventions or businesses. We get all excited, we think of ways to monetize them, the barriers to entry that we could face, and then the brunch/hike/vacation ends and we go back to our normal lives…and nothing comes of these ideas. I’m not saying EVERY idea is a GREAT one. For instance one night we decided a great business would be to deliver gourmet food at any time of the day or night (clearly we were a bit sauced up and hungry at the time) and let’s be honest…WHO wants foi gras at 2 AM?!?!?!
The inspiration for SOTGC came after a long hike my “big sis” and I did that ended with lunch and a couple glasses of wine. As our ideas rolled, we scratched them out on napkins and high fived each other as the momentum built (yes…we are high fivers and if you find yourself amongst my friends and I for any duration of time…you will most likely get high fived as well.)
At this period in my personal and professional life I had gotten to the point where I KNEW I needed to take control of my career and my future, and NOW was the time to start the process. My Grandfather was one of the wisest people I’ve had the privilege of knowing, and he always said “Marney, the best time to look for a more desirable job, is when you’re gainfully employed.” That week I made a decision to be PROACTIVE, to take a “fun idea” and to sit down and REALLY think about what components I’d need to make it successful, and HOW I’d make it a business.
The purpose of this post is that it doesn’t matter how many brilliant (or not so brilliant) ideas you have, if you do nothing with them. What matters is taking an idea you’re excited about, and making a conscious decision to move forward (no matter how scary it may seem at first) because you are DONE waiting for a dream job to be handed to you, and you’re ready to create it for yourself. I believe another (less tactful) way of saying this is “time to shit or get off the pot.”
If this post inspired you, or if it got you intrigued, head to the top of the page and enter your details in to get information on how SOTGC could work with you to start this process.