Yesterday, I spent some time repairing my grandkids bikes, but on the way to their home I decided to visit a cycle shop which used to be amongst this complex of shops on the way to Joondalup. When I got there, there was no cycle shop, but instead a women's fashion store. I pondered on what may have happened to this business.
Luckily in this day and age of the internet, we don't need to invest heavily into a brick and mortar store if we wish to start a business. We can actually start a business for very little investment and minimal risk.
Ideas are cheap but knowing how to develop an idea is valuable. Back at high school, I was a real day dreamer, I guess I have a creative mind. Over the years I have come up with countless great ideas but have taken action on only a few.
I believe I am not alone and that there are many others who constantly dream up great ideas, but for one reason or another never get to act on them and so they become forgotten.
Entrepreneurs don't all share the same methods for developing their ideas. Some will go to great measures and expenses to plan out how they will develop their ideas whilst others will take a quicker less formalised approach.
When I first trained as a careers counsellor, we explored a range of tools which could be used to help identify a client's interests, values, personality traits and preferred skill sets, but I have come to realise that the best resource available to us all is our experience.
People too often ignore the emotive reactions we experience when we delve back through our career and life experiences. We fail to embrace the often strong, sometimes subtle messages being relayed to us because we believe our purpose and values that drive us are to be figured out on an intellectual level.
For those who fret and think they haven't had enough experience, don't despair about not being able to discern what feels right and ignites your mojo. Find ways to build experience in different tasks, interests, hobbies or side projects which can often evolve into passions. It can take many years for some people to know their true purpose in work or in life. There are many successful people who discovered their true purpose when they were much older.
I want to start with a quote from Muhammed Ali who sadly passed away on the 5th June 2016 aged 74 years. Muhammed Ali once said" He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." When I was a young boy I loved watching Muhammed Ali fight against the likes of Joe Frasier and others from his era. He was a great boxer, but I don't believe it was boxing that made him great. I believe it was because of the man he was. From a young age he knew who he was, he knew what he believed in and he lived his life according to his own personal values and beliefs.
Statistics tell us that a high percentage of the working population are unhappy in their work. Why do we remain in jobs that we don't like? What do we need to do to change our situation?
Writing this blog has been an interesting journey. When I first started out I read an article which basically said that when you are starting up a blog, it doesn't really matter what you write about, it's more about quantity and getting blog posts written on a regular basis so that those little Google bots can see that you have an active site, which helps with ranking.
This was helpful for me as I can tend to be a bit of a perfectionist which then leads to procrastination, so armed with this advice I got my blog started and didn't worry too much about the content as I guessed that there wouldn't be too many people reading it anyway.
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