John Greathouse wrote back in May about practicing entrepreneurship with a purpose. John talks about deliberate actions before (or during) diving into entrepreneurship.
It’s a great reminder-type post as to what drives many entrepreneurs beyond building a company and, yes, the chance at making a substantial lifestyle change. For many – me being one of them – there’s a drive and passion about the challenge and impact of building something great from nothing.
A few points John shared that I strive to practice everyday:
- “Advise A Startup”. I love speaking to startups, entrepreneurs, and wantrepreneurs. Networking is great, but hearing the problems others are solving and how is highly educational. As John also said, teaching others is a great way to amplify and accelerate learning.
- “Don’t Throw Up, Speak Up”. I grew up as an introvert, but realizing what I wanted to achieve, I wanted to be more extroverted. So, I hacked my personality for years and got comfortable doing uncomfortable things (i.e. giving presentations as often as possible, meeting others by simply starting with “hi”, etc. It starts with deliberate, small actions. Overtime, it gets easier – not totally comfortable, but you develop a strength to be successful at it.
- “Entrepreneur It”. Entrepreneurship really builds on my past life as a consultant (looking for problems, finding solutions, and implementing solutions). I do this often in everyday life including random interviews of flight attendants during flights or door-to-door surveys at local restaurants. There are problems everywhere, and you can exercise that creative, problem-solving muscle everywhere, too.