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Even though we all know life can be tough, it doesn’t stop people from looking for the magic bullet – the one thing that will bring us happiness, wealth and health. Of course, there is no magic bullet. However there is one thing I have found that comes pretty close:
Almost every person I know has an idea for a new product or business somewhere in their head. They tell me because I ask them. You see, entrepreneurship fascinates me so it comes up a lot in conversation. The statistics say that most of those ideas people tell me about will never make it out of their head and onto a piece of paper – let alone into a real business. Why?
Fear of failure, lack of money, self-doubt and risk aversion are the reasons I hear most often. But I think self-doubt is the big one. The theory is that part of our survival instinct is to NOT seek out big changes. So, as soon as you come up with an idea and decide to implement it, your brain immediately begins to try to talk you out of it. That makes you doubt yourself. I know that feeling.
But there is another force - at least for me - that helps push past all of that. It's that worry that one day you'll look back and wonder, "What if?" That worry has led me to try a lot of things from stand-up comedy to starting a magazine, a radio marketing business, selling sound proof windows to, of course, launching "Something You Should Know." Not all my ventures have been successful but enough of them have to have made the process rewarding and profitable. And frankly, I don’t know of a single successful entrepreneur who hasn’t had some failures on the road to success. It seems to be a necessary part of the process.
Starting a business today is so much easier than it used to be. The Internet has made it so. You can start a business today in your home for very little money. I it doesn't work, you haven't lost much. And that fear of "What will people think if I fail?" is non-existent." People don't condemn you if things don't work out. They are too wrapped up in their own lives. In fact, they are much more likely to admire you for trying (secretly wishing they had the guts to do it too). At least that has been my experience.
Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. Some people need the security of a paycheck. But that security isn't what it used to be. Everyday people who thought they were in a secure job get laid off. So what is really more secure, leaving your fate in the hands of someone else or taking charge of your own destiny?
The point of all of this is to say that if you have EVER thought of starting your own enterprise it is very easy to at least explore the idea and see if you have something. You don't have to commit to doing it - yet. There are some great books on the subject that can really give you a feel for whether entrepreneurship is for you.
I would just hate to have you look back one day and wonder:
I have read and interviewed all of the authors and highly recommend:
May your entrepreneurial dreams come true. -Mike
As always, I welcome your comments (Email me)
October 5, 2009
In a little over a month from now, Something You Should Know will quietly pass the 30 year mark. 30 years on the air! In that time it has been broadcast on over 1,000 radio stations. Imagine, since late 1979, Something You Should Know has been heard on the radio every day, somewhere in the United States. I am very proud of that.
And it is a job I am well suited for. You see, I am an information junkie. I love uncovering new stuff that can change people's lives - in a positive way. Of course not everything people tell me in interviews makes it on the air (or in the podcasts on this website). So, for my first blog post, rather than share some incredible information that will alter your life forever, how about something that may just bring a smile to your face? I heard this in an interview I did recently with Julien Smith author of the book "Trust Agents." It is supposedly the funniest joke ever told.
In 2002 scientists did the largest study ever on humor. They researched over 40,000 jokes to discover the funniest joke of all time. Using whatever criteria they used - here it is...
2 hunters are walking in the woods when one of them collapses. He is not breathing and his eyes are glazed over. His friend whips out his cell phone and calls 911. "Help my friend is dead and I don't know what to do!" he screams. The 911 operator says, "Calm down sir, I can help you. First, let's make sure your friend is dead." There is a silence followed by the sound of a loud gunshot. The man comes back on the phone and says, "Okay, now what?"