5 years ago, I wrote some of my vision for the next 50 years. One of it is to start an organization that will help youths in grassroots communities to unlearn, relearn and use relevant tools to create social solutions for any nation in the world. Another is to create a franchise of executive toilets around the world.
I know you have some kind of business or project that you’ll like to start too. You really desire it that it snatches your sleep in the night, it gets you to your feet in the morning, it is like fire shut up in your bones, it fills every vowel in your words and echo consonance in your walking style.
But, why have you not started it yet? What is slowing down your launch?
I have heard concerns such as; Fear, Resources (financial, educational, human etc).
Some said, it is comfort and complacency.
Whatever it is, I will share with you 3 tips that will help you to put your best foot forward and start that idea (your baby) that may die if you linger too long without doing anything about it.
I used these tips to start an organization in 2016, published a book in 2015 and in 18 months, wrote 200+ articles as if my life depended on it.
Practical Action 1: Write Down Every Details of Your Intended Enterprise
What will you be able to do if you run that enterprise that you’re unable to do now? For example, will it give you more freedom of time, money and relevance?
Is it going to be a business or not-for-profit oriented enterprise? For example, who will pay for the service? What will be the channel or system for generating the cash?
How do your target clients/users/participants feel by being in contact with your enterprise? For example, does it make their marital relationship more romantic or does it make students to have magic brain to read less and assimilate faster?
The details of your intended enterprise will make you to begin to see yourself in the whole picture, it will pique your enthusiasm and imagination, it will draw you closer to seeing and believing that it is possible.
Highlight: A part of my details is what I explained to the panelist when I was seeking for a scholarship to attend an international Institute (Kanthari) in India to learn the how-to of my intended enterprise – I was selected!
Practical Action 2: Start Before You Are Ready
Is that logical? Should you eat before you are ready? Won’t you be disqualified if you start running before the Set-Ready-Go instruction on the tracks?
Well, you may be disqualified on the track, but in real life, you’d better let your preparation kiss opportunity. Before you meet an investor or seek for a partner, be sure you have something (no matter how little) to show us that your idea will work. It is your ‘baby’, so practically show me that it will breathe and live.
If you want to start a writing career, write your first post. Self publish your book if all the publishers turn you down. If you want to start a fashion show, make a mini-fashion show in a neighbourhood or in your living room.
The idea is, create the story of what you’re doing already. When the opportunity you are waiting for knocks, present it!
Highlight: When I wanted to start this website, I didn’t have a huge budget to get it off the ground. So, I waited for more than 2 years doing nothing about having a digital home.
Suddenly, I knew I had to start before being ready, so I decided to learn the basics of designing a website and voila, here is it, kicking and alive! I can keep working on it to improve it.
Practical Action 3: Decide to Do It Afraid And Network With Bright Minds
I love to travel. But I have always felt that I need a lot of money to travel and see other places around the world. Then, an opportunity came for me to travel out of my country on an exchange program with AIESEC for 8 weeks in 2012. Without asking for the cost of the trip, I began to nurse my fears that I will not be able to raise the cost of my travel.
But, my mother believed in my desires, my aspirations and my enterprise. She helped me to embrace my fears and transform it into action. She told me to fundraise afraid. Just do it! In a few days, the money was complete. I was off. After that journey, I began to embrace my fears as a positive vibe to get into action.
The bright mind I networked with was my mother to launch that travelling project. Right? Yes.
I have done several other projects by networking with bright minds already doing what I want to do, just by sending them a simple facebook or twitter message, I found the resources I have been looking for.
There is no particular best strategy to get you to launch your enterprise. But, a combination of thoughts, desires, planning and ruthless execution will kick your butts and set you on fire. Don’t just get inspired listening to stories of people that has started their venture, get your project together and give it life!
A quick question for you.
What have you been trying to start but seem tough to kick off? What is that burning passion inside of you that you are confused of how to make it happen?
I’d like to read from you.
Brilliant write up sir.
Thank you, Arewa.
It feels good to know that you read it and that you left a succinct comment.
You are welcome sir. Hope you don’t mind me sharing this in a Whatsapp group chat to help educate my friends and move them from their comfort zone to fulfilling purpose? Thanks
You can please share with your Whatsapp group. The more people we share what has inspired us to kick into action, the better. We are also becoming part of their progress story, we are excited when we all live out our dreams together.
Thank you. #YouAreLimitless
Thanks a lot
I have been trying to start helping special children get to school. Especially, those who follow mallams about to beg for alms, a lot of them are girls and below the age of 15. Even children below the age of 9 beg in bustops, bridges sides, etc , when they are supposed to be in school.
I so much like your idea of desiring to help the special children go to school. Awesome!
I have a few more questions for you, to think about and to get your dreams in motion.
You are aware of the importance of education (formal or otherwise), which the parents of these children may not fully understand nor ready to explore. Be aware that there are several reasons why these children are on the street begging which could be for survival, financial difficulties, hate for schooling and other ‘ugly’ circumstances.
Have you found out these reasons? The answer will help you to design what will work best for this category of children.
Be aware that when we want to help others, it is much easier when the person we want to help can see (feel, imagine and desire) that our help will bring some kind of benefits (happiness, hope, independence, survival, thriving) to them.
Have you come up with a way to help the parents/caregivers to see the benefits that your help will bring to their children?
I am sure that there are organisations around the world that I can suggest for you, where you can check out their models and deepen your knowledge about this beautiful initiative. All the best.
Hearty Cheers, #YouAreLimitless
Hello, this is a great piece , i am motivated to go back to my dreams,
will like to discuss with you one on one.
It’s great to hear that you’re fired up now to fill your hands with your dreams and chase your greatness. That’s awesome!
You can please reach out to me via firstname.lastname@example.org
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A very good work, short but hit the points. Well articulated. I’m happy that I clicked your link.
This steps are actually written for me.
May God give you More inspiration sir.
Thank you Chinedu for taking out time to read, digest and leave a comment.
I am glad that this piece resonated with you and that you found it enriching. In case, you’ll like to share what (the enterprise) you intend to kick start or improve on, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
A few insightful thoughts during a 5-minutes launch break can give rise to amazing innovations.
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I am inspired by your thoughts.I am a writer but the challenge is how to get people to identify with what I do,grow my audience and make earnings out of it.
I am happy that you have identified yourself as a writer. This is usually the first important step.
Now, to your challenge. I was in your shoes just a few years ago. Here are the basic steps I followed to overcome it;
– I listened to the problems people had that my writing can help them solve. Social media has made the ability to listen very easy. 1 tool I also use for this is called IFTTT.
– I wrote about that solution, served it in the places where they hang out and people started commenting and asking for more help.
– Growing your audience is closely related. When you have the first person, it is the same process of getting more people. You just repeat, rinse and repeat.
– When the solutions I shared begin to hit my audience in the core of their biggest frustrations, they reached out. Then, I offer them access to my paid VIP executive coaching lab where I hold their hand to overcome their barrier — I began to earn.
Was this explanatory enough? When you understand the path, it will become very easy every time to overcome this challenge.
Thank you for reaching out.
Sheldon, thank you for checking in and for leaving a comment.
What are you about to start or move to a higher level?
I agree with you. We can, if we keep trying. Thank you for your comment.
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Hi , I have always had this desire to great and NGO for the formation of youths in WhatsApp group
Thank you for reading and for leaving a comment.
I like your initiative. When do you intend to launch the Whatsapp group? What help do you need to make your desire happen?
Wow… As I read this post, all I see is my dreams put into words. Thanks for the challenge. My baby will breathe and live. I’m deciding to do it afraid.
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed reading this.
Yes, “…your dreams put into words” That’s a great feeling.
Now, go and make it happen. I will like to be by your side all the way.