One of the biggest inhibitors to becoming an entrepreneur is the person themselves. All to often they start from the wrong position by asking themselves ‘can I do it?’
I often recall the words of Richard Branson when he reckoned that if anyone asked him if he could do something he would invariably say yes and then work out how he was going to do it!
For a while I wondered what would happen if he ever found out that he couldn’t do it? How would he cope with that? But then I looked at the history of the Virgin Company and realised that failure was sometimes a necessary part of learning a lesson.
Virgin offshoots such as Virgin Cola and Virgin cosmetics came and went, and so did Virgin Megastores. There are other examples, but there are many more examples of where he succeeded and where he applied the lessons learnt from failure to new ventures.
And so I started saying yes to every request. I have been asked to do a number of things over recent years where I said yes and then had to work out how to do it. But strangely, when you say yes it is surprising how easy it is to find a way to do things if you want to.
So now I find myself as busy as I have ever been with everything from consultancy requests to writing requests and speaking requests.
What I have also found is that although I am busy most of the time, the variety that saying yes gives me is stimulating and exciting. No boring 9 – 5 in the office for me. Sometimes in the office, sometimes jetting off to another country and sometimes standing on a stage but always having fun.
Remember entrepreneurship is a skill in all walks of life, whether working, playing or starting your own company. So stop questioning whether you can do something, say yes and then work out how to do it!