JohnB at Rebuilding Eden took a good look at what you need to do to achieve success when starting a business. He opens with a disclaimer, saying that his is not a hugely successful business but that he is successful on his own terms. That’s an important point to keep in mind. Will you judge your success by your own standards or someone else’s?
In his piece on Getting Started he hits on something I find affects many would-be entrepreneurs, and that is self-imposed boundaries. You don’t need to have a sky-is-the-limit approach to your business idea, but what he is urging is that you don’t imagine any limits on what you can do, if you really want to do it (and if it is legal).
He describes people who set, and believe, their own limits:
What these people don’t realize is that most of the hurdles that
they see for having their own business have been placed in front of
them by themselves.
The biggest part of running your own business is solving problems.
The people I just mentioned failed to even get started because they all
failed to solve the very first set of problems presented to them and
their potential businesses. If you feel you don’t have enough time to
start the business, thats a problem. If you really want your own
business, solve it! You don’t have enough money to start the business?
Solve it! Too much competition? Solve it! All of these problems have
solutions, however most people get to the point that they see the
problem and give up.
Be a problem solver! Get rid of your boundaries.
Tip of the hat to Scott Allen.