Biz Tips: 9 Truths That’ll Make You a Better Entrepreneur

Biz Tips: 9 Truths That’ll Make You a Better Entrepreneur

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9 Truths That’ll Make You a Better Entrepreneur

Thoughts to keep you going when it gets hard. Trust me, it’ll be hard a lot before it ever gets easy.

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” — Scott Belsky

Have you ever thought up an awesome idea only to put it on the backburner? After a while, you see someone execute on it and they’re making a killing?

Yea, that’s why you’re always hearing ideas are worthless. They’re not. An idea is worth about twenty dollars. Execution is the multiplier.

“Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.” — Simon Sinek

This follows right on the heels of the first truth. You can dream as big as you want. In fact, it’s encouraged. It’s all for naught if you don’t start the damn thing.

You may want to build a multinational conglomerate. That’s fine. Start with one store in one location. Work with partners, franchisees, and whoever else you have to.

Just put one foot in front of the other. You’ll learn the rest as you go.

The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning — to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”
 — Guy Kawasaki,

I’ve no problem with people who want to make a lot of money. Why should you work so hard and long and not be rewarded handsomely for it?

It doesn’t make any sense but some camps say you should give all your money away to charity. Whatever.

I digress.

The thing is, you should be creating for humans. It’s something we believe in at KyLeads. You can read our philosophy on optimizing for humans here.

Your brand, startup, or company should have meaning beyond making a few dollars. Don’t forget you’re there to make money, but also remember that your worth is measured beyond a bank balance.

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?”
 — Robert Schuller

That’s a good fucking question. If you could guarantee success beyond your wildest imagination in one thing, what would you choose?

What would you pursue? What would you dreams and aspirations be?

Now, I ask you, what’s truly stopping from succeeding like that?

It’s the limiting beliefs that’ve been instilled in us seens we were knee high to a tree stump. I’m not a fan. I fight my limiting beliefs with reckless fury.

I understand that many of my thoughts were ingrained in me. They’re not of my making. When they pop into my head I fight them with extreme prejudice.

Do the same. Ask yourself why this isn’t for you. Ask why you can’t have it that way. The answer, if you truly search for it, may shock you.

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt,

I found myself in my ancestral village a few months ago. It was full of old people and young children. The younger generation moved to the city to find work and make a better life.

You know what was palpable everywhere I went? Regret. You could feel it in the air. It was oppressive.

You know what the old heads kept telling me? Go for it. They told me to chase my dreams, pursue my ideas, talk to that girl, and never regret any of it.

I’d rather be defeated 100 times and keep at it for years then to go down in history as another person who didn’t try because they were afraid.

If I were to die today, I’d be happy knowing millions of people have been touched by my work.

What about you?

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory”
 — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Plans are good. I made a business plan for KyLeads a few months ago. It got thrown out the window when we missed our first development deadline. I made another one.

It also got thrown out the window when we realized a piece of technology we were developing would take months to get right. Look, you can plan forever. You act in a single moment.

Always keep a bias for action. I’m not saying jump off the bridge head first. I’m saying to make decisions, follow through, and then tweak as you go.

A year from now, you may wish you had started today. — Karen Lamb

Now that would really suck wouldn’t it?

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.”
 — Roy Ash

You know why I like diving into challenges when you have a basic understanding? It forces you out of your comfort zone. In the past few weeks, I’ve learned more about UI/UX than I have in years.

Why?

Because I’ve had to get into the shoes of my customers and ask “does this make sense?” “Will someone see this and understand how to work it without extra guidance?”

If the answer was no then we’d scrap it and go for something simpler.

We’re fighting to make software simpler. It’s part of the reason why we exist. We’re waging an active war on feature bloat. Do you really need all of that? probably not.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
 — Albert Einstein

In the end, it’s up to you to think out of the box. Anything you do can be copied given enough time and resources. You did it didn’t you? You have to think of creative ways to keep your edge.

Most times, we don’t buy from brands because they’re the best. We buy from them because we connect with something they’re doing.

Get creative. Crush it. Be a better entrepreneur dammit — we need you.

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