Everybody has ideas. In fact, many people have new good ideas everyday. And that’s a problem when it comes to making something a success.
The difference between great entrepreneurs and the ones that never really get much off the ground, is being able to say “no” to good ideas. Focus on ten tasks, and you’ll get ten partially done projects. Choose one thing to focus on, and you’ll be able to apply all of your energy to make that one thing successful.
To combat “idea fatigue” I have developed a system called – Good Idea? Great Idea? When I have an idea I am interested in pursuing I ask a couple people that I respect whether it is a good idea or a great idea. If they agree that it is a good idea, I throw it out. I only spend time pursuing things that pass the great idea test. Everything else gets left on the table.
Say no to good ideas. So the great ones can succeed. #takerisksbeyou
The cliche is – Follow your passion. But it’s true. Why? Because you’ll quit otherwise.
Business is hard. No. Brutal is more like it. Nobody would do it if they weren’t fully committed. And nobody is fully committed unless they really want it. Do your thing. Do you. Nothing else will keep your focus. #takerisksbeyou
Without a goal, you can’t score.
– Casey Neistat
At least not a defined one.
50 years ago, if you wanted to succeed you graduated high school, went to college, and got a job at a large company. That was then.
Today there is no defined path to success. There are thousands of ways to be successful. Large companies, small companies. Start your own business. Work from home. Follow your dream. Live in a van traveling the world. The options are endless. There is no clear path. Anybody can be the next Steve Jobs, Beyonce, or Anybody they want to be. #takerisksbeyou
Once you realize that you have time to fail, everything becomes possible. Thinking you need a bigger house, faster car, more money, all right now, will rob you of the opportunity to take risks. It will deny you the chance to do what you need to do to succeed, which is to try something so crazy you are sure to fail first.
That’s how you learn to succeed. Setting your eyes and goals on things that require you to fail first, just to get the chance to succeed. Be patient. Fail often.
Failure is a prerequisite to success.