Young: Getting started with your own entrepreneurial dream

I find myself feeling rather professorial this week concerning the glory of pursuing and achieving the entrepreneurial dream.

And so, I thought I would tackle an approach that might spur us along in our journey to become of a mindset toward the entrepreneurial dream attainment. Let’s do it.

The economy has moved a dark cloud over the world, leaving some people without hope of sunshine. But others see a light between the clouds. These optimistic individuals have an opportunity to take a step to pursue their entrepreneurial dream like never before.

It’s no surprise that unemployed workers, professionals and graduates choose entrepreneurship over months of job search misery. If there are no jobs, why not create your own?

We are taught that if we follow the rules of the world, we will achieve our measure of happiness and reward. Unfortunately, these rules do not always stimulate creativity and passion, rather, they demand conformity.

So get ready to break the rules, have some fun, follow your heart and ready yourself to unearth your entrepreneurial dream.

Discovering your tht dream and following through is, unquestionably, an adventure.

You may not be absolutely sure of where it will lead you, but what I can offer you with unyielding conviction is, the act of achieving each step is amazing.

Every step you take in your entrepreneurial journey brings you closer to accomplishing the dream.

First, believe in yourself. Know that you will make the right decisions for you to turn your passion into your reality.

Beliefs seem to influence reality. Believe in yourself and your entrepreneurial idea and your energy and passion will attract others like a magnet to help you to succeed.

Put your ideas down in writing. There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind, that as you are reading this column there is an idea burning inside you, waiting to be born.

It’s there when you wake in the morning and when you lay your head down to sleep. It feels like a restless friend.  So grab some paper, or a napkin, a ticket stub or the everpresent notebook that I carry religiously (courtesy of my Capital News editor) and write it down.

Your dream idea is now born and alive, ready for you to spawn its growth.

Buy yourself time.Pick a specific time each week to work solely on your idea. Let nothing distract you, this is your special time. (I use a 14 column accounting tablet to diagram my actionable ideas, no matter where I think they may lead me and it helps me visualize my thoughts at a glance across the broader spectrum of the 14-column landscape. Commit yourself to the time and you will find yourself moving closer to bringing your dream to life.

Keep an open mind and trust your instincts. This is not the time to judge yourself or other people. Listen to others around you who you may have engaged in your dream journey and listen and learn from them.

Make a  why-I-can’t-do-this list and include everything that you think may impede you from implementing your idea

Then tear the list up.

Yes, I know what you are saying, but. realize there is nothing on this list to hold you back if you are willing to work hard and take chances. Tell yourself  the only barrier to achieving your dream is yourself.

Starting tonight, create your to-do list. Create your to do list every night and keep the lists in a book for reference and check off.

Starting tomorrow, attack the to-do list with gusto and courage, prioritize your list and do the harder tasks first. Check off your completions then congratulate yourself  for your accomplishments.

Keep your word to others and yourself because your credibility can take you places and reward you beyond your imagination.

Create your idea sanctuary. Set up your comfortable space surrounded by those tools that you feel you will need to keep you focussed and assist your progress on your personal “idea train.”

Lastly, don’t delay.Start today as your imagination awaits.

If you allow yourself to procrastinate, your chase of the entrepreneurial dream may be lost and not reach manifestation.

Please always remember if you dare to take this journey of journeys, the beginning starts with your heart and your passion.

These suggestions can help you identify your heart’s motivation and build a solid foundation under your dream.

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