This Monday, Andrew wants to say that what you’re doing as an entrepreneur, whether the business is big or small, it will always MATTER.
The people around you are seeing what you’re doing. They’re seeing you having the courage to work on an idea and start to take action!
You don’t realize the impact that has on other people! They may see what you’re doing and it may inspire them to work on something they’ve been wanting to.
More importantly, you’re teaching your family/kids that no matter what the circumstances, it’s always worth it to be courageous and follow what your passionate about. They see you taking a chance and going for it!
So, to say what you’re doing isn’t being noticed because the cashflow you were hoping for isn’t there yet; it’s the unintentional impacts that you don’t see where your entrepreneurial courage matters most!
This Monday, Andrew wanted to talk about the Fear of Failure and the self doubt that comes with doing anything entrepreneurial or innovative.
Anytime you're pushing the boundaries or doing something new, there’s a lot of self-doubt that comes with it:
-Will the business work?
-Do I have the customers right?
-Do I have the Marketing Channels right?
-Is this the right thing for me to be doing right now?
Being an entrepreneurs is a constant roller coaster of "This is never gonna work" to "this is the best idea ever"
Tim McGraw framed this best when he said:
“Anytime you do something, it’s always peppered with doubt but it’s also peppered with belief. It’s your job to NOT let the doubt win.”
Someone asked Andrew: Mashup Lab’s process must really eliminate that fear of failure?
No, no, no…
Our job is not to eliminate that fear of failure...
Our job is to give you the COURAGE to do it anyway!
This Thursday the 13th, six new entrepreneurs are going through our Dream Business. Maybe seeing someone else bust through those fears of failure will inspire you to do something audacious!
Why would you pitch if you’re not doing it for money?
By going through the process of developing a formal pitch, it forces you to be CONCISE about your business.
You don’t have to tell EVERYTHING about the business.
Allow the person you’re speaking to ask you what it is that most interests them about your business.
What you’re trying to do when pitching is figure out how YOU want to tell YOUR story.
You can use this when you:
-Bring a new partner on board
-Hire your first employee
-Try to get your business connected a channel partner/association
Seeing a recent Dream Business graduate walk in to CO3 and another entrepreneur asks them what they do and they nail it in 3-4 sentences, and the people get it? The power of that is huge!
Want to see this in action?
Mashup Lab will be hosting a Celebration Night for our most recent Nova Scotian cohort of the #DreamBusiness program at CO3 on December 13th at 7pm
Working with over 1,000 Entrepreneurs starting and growing businesses from rural communities gives you perspective. Here is where I share the things I'm learning through my work with Mashup Lab. This is my Rural Perspective; I'd love to hear yours.