Thanks to Akemi of "Yes to Me" for posting a guest blogging feature on Skip and myself. Akemi's blog features posts around spirtual growth and how it applies to our personal and work life.
Akemi stumbled upon our blog and e-mailed us about conducting an interview around our experiences with entrepreneurship. We discuss Team and a Dream, the challenges we faced as new entrepreneurs including how we overcame them, what we enjoy most about being entrepreneurs, and we end the interview with a few pieces of advice we've learned. Check it out - "Serial Entrepreneur Meets College Intern."
"3. What is the best part of being an entrepreneur for you?
Skip: Helping others to realize their dreams and influencing those dreams so that entrepreneurs are approaching things with a socially conscious approach. It is my way of “giving back” to a world that has been very generous to me.
Yasmine: The best part (without a doubt) is not having to sit in traffic as often in the morning and late afternoon! It’s also working on things I love doing. Brainstorming strategies, formulating the concepts of an early stage company, observing the end results of a marketing project or another engagement - those are the most exciting parts of what I do.
4. Any advice for people who dream to have their own business and yet find it hard to make the leap?
Yasmine: Don’t wait for the perfect idea - it’ll never come. Find an experienced mentor who’s been-there and done-that. He/she can provide you with needed guidance and support. I would recommend starting with something you’re either passionate about or something you’re good at. One or the other (or both) will provide you with a jumpstart in your business. Once you take the leap, you’ll feel exhilarated. There is no better feeling than knowing you’re starting something on your own.
Also, listen to your gut instinct. Life is too short to live someone else’s dream - follow your own!
Skip: The web has made it very easy to start a new business. Get out there and make it happen. Test out your ideas with a close circle of friends first and then with people who understand the business side. Launch early and often. Provide feedback forums for your clients. Listen closely to the market. Participate in the market conversation. Iterate. Focus. And always ask, “How is this business helping others or helping this world to be a better place?”
If you choose a path with heart, you will have a much higher likelihood of attracting partners, vendors and clients who want to see you succeed. One of my favorite quotes on this is by William Jennings Bryan.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.’ - William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)"