We all have had to take that Flying Leap. For most of us, it is not easy. If you have worked for long within the security of a job, it is gut wrenching. Watch this video. In the first 12-seconds when you only hear the music, answer the question, "Why do I want to do this?" If it is just to make a lot of money, you have a lot of work to do. Money's motivation can not sustain a business in its infancy. There's got to be more.
PS. The people who left those shoes behind are not falling, they are flying... they are taking the flying leap of faith that they can do it, they can start-run-and-grow a good business, and that they can be a force for good in this world. By the way, if your roots are in the USA, there is a deep entrepreneurial spirit in your blood. More... Go to the opening words of every episode.
ANNOUNCER: (voiceover) Small Business School, with Hattie Bryant.
HATTIE: (Voiceover) If you want to learn more about starting, running and growing a business, come to our web site at SmallBusinessSchool.org. There's streaming video and interactive study guides.
HATTIE: The only way we can compete with big business is to be faster, smarter, and better.
We are the engine of the American economy.
We create the jobs.
HATTIE: (voiceover) Small business is about big commitment. It's about sacrifice and struggle. But we do it because we say, `If I don't do this, my life won't be complete.' "
It certainly helps. Many people over the years have said, "Somebody has to wake up thinking about this business if it is going to succeed."
We add, "That person should also be thinking about it when they go to sleep."
If you think calmly about the your big problems when you go to sleep and be prepared to solve the problem in your dreams, most often you will. By the way, the answers (remembering the dream) usually comes while taking a shower.
Dreams are metaphorical and everything in life is metaphorically connected. There may be several metaphorical permutations, but it is within metaphors that we get ideas for solutions to old problems. That kind of thinking, analogical as opposed to analytical, requires a certain openness of one's imagination where we see answers in peculiar places.
So eating, breathing, and living within one's business is generally what every small business owner naturally does. It is inevitable and probably to be desired. Some would disagree. They say, "Work on your business, not in your business."
Yet, essentially the net result is the same. We don't need to get bogged down in semantics.
Of course, some people think it means to take a hike. Here it means to take the leap of faith. It is the leap into the unknown. It is the courage to start. It is the tenacity to endure the pain. And, it is the hope of a new day.
Yes, especially if you are in a space shuttle coming from the International Space Station! So much of flying is controlled falling. But in this metaphor, your abilities, your network, your capital, and your team are your rocket boosters that make it possible to take off. But the most important quality to fly and not fall is your personal courage.
You have to trust yourself and go for it!
Your personal jet engine is your talent, your insight, your ethics, your integrity, and your zest for life. With those held together (and granted we all fall sometimes), flight becomes possible.
You can fly and then be controlled within your path to the various landings every business must go through to get to the next level.
"...and we small business owners are survivors. Everybody has an idea for a business, but how do you take that idea from mind to market? This is the place to learn." Hattie live...
HATTIE: Small business is about courage, risk-taking, independence. And we small business owners are survivors.
Everybody has an idea for a business.
But how do you take that idea from mind to market. This is the place to learn.
Announcer: (Voice over) Small Business School, with Hattie Bryant.
It's a new kind of school. Together we'll learn about business from the inside out, from the people who've done it.
We'll meet the men and women who are today's pioneers and quiet heroes.
Their lives are the textbooks; our classroom is the world."
In other other openings and closings of each episode of the show you may have also heard:
"Small business people are optimistic, the kind of optimism that's rooted in a great idea. We can create jobs, we can create wealth. We can make the world a better place.
"I'm convinced that every adult American has an idea for a business. We take the risk, believing that this idea will work.
"When you have your own business, you're free to act on those ideas. So we can't just do the ordinary; we have to do the extraordinary."
The only way we can compete with big business is to be faster, smarter and better. We are the engine of the American economy. We create the jobs."
"Small business is about big commitment. It's about sacrifice and struggle. But we do it because we say, `If I don't do this, my life won't be complete.' "
Here are four simple ways to stay motivated:
1. Create a study group over lunch. You have access. These video clips are generally available 24/7. Either select a video that uniquely addresses a concern, or just study the daily tip on the homepage. There is a case study guide to help.
2. Review a video a day. It is motivational. Today there are over 160 short-burst videos to watch just about motivation. By the time you get to the end, you can review 2000 more in other categories.
3. Join Small Business School. Also, join your local chamber, your national trade association and your local public television station. If you are needing some encouragement, call one of the members or a member from each group and invite them for early morning coffee... just to talk about your business.
4. Get a mentor! Get several mentors! Have them be your advisory board. Become a mentor! Guide the next generation. We are all here to help each other along life's path. and within our personal journey. Use these videos for insight, information, and inspiration.
Your dreams are the deepest source of personal knowledge. These ideas and concepts are special to you. You can not ignore those dreams whether from your sleeping time or from your day dreams.
Within your dream is the path to the special gifts and talents that make you who you are. The most successful people within life do not fight their dreams, but nurture them and let those dreams guide them into new realities.
What work is being done? How is it an engine of the economy? ...any economy? How are these people creating something of value? What is business?
Why do you sacrifice and struggle? Are we working to live or are we living to work? What's the difference between a job and work? Is work good?
What are your first principles of business and life? When did you know what to do with your life? Why were you so sure?