I have a friend that is an entrepreneur that I go to lunch with about every other week. We get together simply to bounce ideas off of each other. Both of us always have several things going on at once, and we both have more ideas than we could ever manage to work. Our conversations are a collage of numerous topics randomly bouncing from one topic to another.
Two weeks ago we were about 30 minutes into our lunch conversation when my friend asked me about a business idea that I had mentioned previously, at a similar lunch. I told him how I had hired several designers before I found one that did a good job. I then had her design my product, found a couple of companies in Asia to produce it, had a technical details worked out, and then ordered a sample. I have also purchased a couple of domains and am having a website designed. The first sample will be here on Tuesday.
I was explaining my concerns to him over the business's structure for my new product, so that I could get his input. I don't know if I want to start a new corporation, or just set this business up under a corporation that I currently have. He stopped me mid-sentence and told me to hold on.
At that point my friend noted that he has a dozen or so friends that run their ideas by him on a regular basis, and some of their ideas are really great. My friend has had numerous business ventures that have been quite successful. He then noted that none of them actually do anything with their ideas.
He said that almost exactly two months ago we were brainstorming over lunch when I told him my idea. Two months prior it was nothing more than an idea. In less than two and a half months I would have a sample in hand. When I receive the sample in two days I will have everything in place to start my first order with this company. I just have to make sure the sample is what it is supposed to be. He then pointed out how exciting our lunches are because not only do we talk about some really good ideas, but we both know that some of these ideas are going to see daylight soon.
I am not trying to pat myself on the back, but rather encourage those of you who are not taking action. I have had numerous business ventures online and offline that have been everything from a total failure, to success.
After going over that conversation in my mind over and over again, I have realized that I have come a long ways. I would like to point out what I think are the two most important points.
1st. I have changed from being a person that took action some of the time, to a person that constantly takes action.
2nd. Each action that I now take has a reason and method behind it. Where before I thought it did, but instead my actions were really quite random.
I think a good analogy would be playing a game of chess. The first time you play you have no idea where the pieces go, or how they can move, and what they do. Eventually you learn the basics to the game, but can do very little. If you keep playing you learn to make strategic moves that might look random to an outsider, but you if know what you are doing they almost always pay off.
That is how this new business venture to me feels. I am producing a product in a field that I know very little about. I have never had a physical product of any type created before. On the outside others probably think that my methods are random. But I am constantly moving my chess pieces towards a victory.
I know that we have all heard it before but get out there and take action. You will learn much more from your mistakes when you take action, than you could reading everything on the topic.