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Ever wonder what the world’s most successful entrepreneurs looked like when they first started?
No one — and I mean no one — has it all figured out at the starting gate. Running the race is how you learn and grow.
That’s why you must start before you’re ready.
Starting before you’re ready means developing a bias towards action. It’ll help you overcome paralyzing fear, and fast-track growth, learning, and achievement.
If you’re itching to start a business but feel overwhelmed about where to begin, today’s MarieTV is for you. I break down exactly what “start before you’re ready” means for new entrepreneurs. Plus, you’ll hear about two well-known business owners who started far before they were ready — and how it paid off, big time.What you can create will absolutely astound you, but you have to start now. Click To Tweet
You’ll also learn:
0:50 — What so many entrepreneurs get wrong about starting a business.
1:30 — How Lisa Price launched her world-famous hair care brand, Carol’s Daughter, “by accident.”
2:55 — How Brandon Standon started Humans of New York before he even knew how to work a camera.
4:30 — A weird marketing idea that will help you get 3-5 new clients within a week.
Still stuck? After you’ve had a chance to watch, check out the blog below for 3 questions to ask yourself that’ll help you move forward with productive action.
Should You Start Before You’re Ready? Ask Yourself These 3 Qs:
Now that you’ve watched, still think you need to wait for the “right moment” to start your business? These three questions will help you address what’s holding you back from taking action now.
Question #1: Do you need more information?
Starting before you’re ready doesn’t mean you should be ignorant or haphazard. But be warned: extensive research and planning is often a way to keep procrastinating. You can spend weeks, months, even years “preparing” without making any real, tangible progress.
Research, especially online, can be particularly dicey. I’ve gotten myself sucked into multi-hour, multi-day research rabbit holes far too many times to count.
Remember, you don’t need to know everything about your dream, nor do you need to map out every step in advance. Stop hiding behind books and websites. Instead, develop a bias for action. Make appointments. Have real-life conversations. You’ll learn more and make faster progress.
If you must research, here’s a tip to stay productive — give yourself a clear research objective (the ONE thing you’re looking to learn/find out/confirm/act on) and a set window of time to find it. Then use a timer, get the information you need, and take action on it immediately.
Question #2: Do you need more experience?
One of the scariest parts of starting before you’re ready is that you don’t have as much experience or know-how as people who’ve been in business longer than you.
If inexperience is the obstacle you’re facing, then go out and get it. It can be as straightforward as that. Offer to work for free. Find a job or internship in the industry, no matter how small.
Better yet, follow in the footsteps of Lisa Price or Brandon Stanton. Lisa experimented in her kitchen, gave her products to hairdressers in exchange for feedback and talked to potential customers at craft shows. Now Carol’s Daughter hair products are in 30K retail stores across the country.
When Brandon Stanton started Humans of New York, he didn’t even know how to work a camera or edit photos. But what did he do? He practiced — over and over and over — and now runs one of the world’s largest photography blogs.
The faster you start, the faster you learn and grow.
Question #3: Do you need a step-by-step plan?
If so, please read Everything is Figureoutable now. There’s an entire chapter devoted to exactly how to start before you’re ready, including examples and exercises that will get you moving in the right direction, fast.
As I often share, don’t just read (or listen) to Everything is Figureotuable, do the work to get results.
I want you to know something…
You matter. Your ideas matter. Prosperity in all its forms is your birthright. Whether you get your business training with me or keep figuring it out on your own, know that I’m in your corner and I believe in you.
When you make a commitment to keep growing and learning and surround yourself with people who lift you up, there’s nothing you can’t achieve!
Now I’d love to hear from you. In the comments tell me:
- What’s one action step you must make to start before you’re ready?
- What one thing immediately pops up in your mind and heart? Write it down and do it.
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Thank you so much for reading, watching, and adding your voice to this important conversation.
All my love,