Every young entrepreneur I meet is obsessed with living a life of financial freedom. They want to build a business around a passion, travel the world, and not have to worry about anything. Chris Guillebeau wrote a book for that type of dreamer called The $100 Startup. So I pinged Chris to be the first guest of my Disruptor podcast.
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Here is what I learned:
Now is the best time to jump in and build a business. Why? Because so many people are doing it. The more people building, the more examples of success and failure we have. You can learn from just observing your favorite entrepreneurs. Learn how to spy. What you will notice is the best entrepreneurs are openly sharing “how to’s” anyway.
Stop focusing on trying to “focus.” If you are a creative person like me then you have 100 things that you want to do at one time. The key is to stop trying and do what comes naturally. What you will notice is that the things you love the most and have the most passion for will always come at the top of your to-do list. You’ll always be successful this way.
Create more process goals. I talk about creating those here. For Chris, it was “I’m going to write 1,000 words a day, if I’m going to be a great writer.” So think about what actions you need to take daily+weekly that gets you closer to your main goal.
It’s never too late to start. Just because someone is ahead of you, doesn’t mean you can’t win. I remember when launching my first app, I found so many competitors and got discouraged. Then my mentor Wayne Sutton reminded me that competition just means that the market exists. So if there are other people out there doing what you want to do, it justs means there are people that are looking for you. You don’t have to be first, just try to be better.