bigger than an idea

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Here are a few things that helped me through this journey when starting a company. This is not anything new. Not rocket science but more of a reminder and encouragement as you explore who you are, what you love, and what you are going to pursue. Here are my Catalyst notes. (click here) There are so many great points and valuable information if you are leading a team from of the most influential successful businessmen.

1. honesty

  • Ask yourself “what do I want to do”… no but really.. with out limitations what is one thing you would do if you could do it?
  • Allow yourself to be vulnerable.. not necessarily to people but to yourself. Expose your ideas through thoughts and journaling. Uncover what you might have buried and be honest with your thoughts and desires.

2. Teachable Spirit

  • You dont know everything and that is ok. I think sometimes it’s initially our gut reaction to want to pretend to know everything while exposing our ideas and thoughts. No one likes to be corrected which is why we become defensive, but there is nothing more frustrating than a seasoned leader talking to someone that pretends to have everything ironed out. It wastes their time.
  • Be a sponge. Ask questions and dig to find truth and wisdom.
  • APPLY the advice you receive from those you admire and look up to.

3. Determined

  • Don’t take “no” personally. You will have a lot of no’s come your way. As Mark Burnett says “no means next opportunity”.
  • Push through obstacles. One thing my supervisor from my old job taught me is that I should always be able to find an answer and dead end roads don’t exist. If you can’t get an answer from the person you’d like, explore other options. There are always options.

4. Brave

  • Put your idea and passions out there despite opinions. “The more you explore your passions outwardly the more you grow internally.” Just like Jon Acuff says.. “haters are inevitable”.
  • You don’t have to have it all 100% figured out. I have come across so many talented people that have worked on things to get it 100% perfect and never moved forward on it. I love what Mark Burnett says “if you have to be certain about everything you won’t do anything”. You will learn from your mistakes and will continue to grow. Through that your work will get even better!