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Friday, November 14, 2008

Find your Big Idea!!!

I just completed a Ladies Who Launch Workshop, I'll blog about that a bit later. But let me just say it was fabulous, and I met some incredibly talented and visionary women that were very inspiring. One of the handouts we received was the following from Donny Deutsch of the hit show "The Big Idea" on CNBC. If you haven't had a chance to see the show you really should catch it sometime. There are some really talented people out there coming up with some great ideas. It is very inspiring. If you've ever had an idea that you think is the next big idea, you should catch the show.

So Donny Deutsch offers the following plan if you are trying to awaken your entrepreneurial spirit. Answer the following questions:

  • What did you love to do as a child?

  • What was your best day and what were you doing?

  • Who are you jealous of? (that is meant in a good way. Who did you emulate and want to be like)

  • What would you do if you weren't being paid?

  • How would your script read if you were its author - no holds barred?

Now I think these are fantastic questions, very simplified but they are so very telling. It really puts things into perspective about you and the direction you are taking with your life if you answer these as truthfully and honestly as possible. Maybe it's time to make a change?

Part Two: Deutsch's beliefs to overcome obstacles:

  • Realize that successful people are not afraid to fail. Failures should be viewed as springboards to even greater successes!! Turn your failures into opportunities. (I love this one. You never know if something is right for you unless you try. Even if it doesn't succeed, or you end up not liking it, it can lead you to a totally different direction you never would have gone if you hadn't failed).

  • Even if you don't always feel it to your core, decide to be confident. But remember to have a playful attitude. (no one likes a know it all, or someone who thinks they are better than everyone else).

  • Be passionate about what you do. It creates excitement, energy and motivation. (I firmly believe this. It is like an epidemic - people can't help but be swept up in your positive energies).

  • Discard your naive sense of entitlement. Instead of thinking you deserve something, develop humility and a genuine sense of appreciation for the opportunities you are given.

So don't be afraid to follow your dreams. Take baby steps if you need to, but start working towards that dream. Don't look back on your life and say "I had this great opportunity to do.....". It may never come around again, and life is way too short for regrets! What have you got to lose??

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