You get a flash of inspiration, see gives you an idea for a new product or service business. You’re excited and share the idea with friends and family and expect them to tell you what you already know … but, all they do is tell you, It’s already been done, it’s too risky, you’re not experienced enough, what if you fail?, and you go back to the same mundane drudgery every one of your “friends” live daily…
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right ~ Henry Ford
Negativity from peers is the reason most people stick to the daily 9 to 5 conveyor, never going to the first stage of trying to put a plan into action. Fear of failure and fear of what people will think of your faiurel can dampen the greatest passion and enthusiasm. If you have ever been in that situation, take heart, you’re not alone. Fear of failure or waiting for the “right time” will never get you there.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ~Henry Ford
Here are a few Entrepreneurs who didn’t listen to the naysayers and did rather well …
James Dyson needs no introduction as the founder of the eponymous Vacuum Cleaner company, even though we are not at the point where we are “Dysoning” the carpet. As the founder of Dyson his main advice is to employ good engineers and scientists, but more importantly to and trust them. Trust that their ideas and hunches are good and back them. Of course, hiring an engineer or scientist for a restaurant is definitely a mistake. Dyson also validates the introduction by saying .. “Don’t be afraid of making mistakes” as 50% of your decisions will be wrong”. By learning from your mistakes you will make fewer and less costly mistakes in the future.
I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.” ~ Henry Ford
Clive Schlee, CEO of Pret a Manger
For Clive Schlee, , being passionate and looking like you’re enjoying yourself will motivate others. He also advises speaking directly, and giving feedback but also taking action quickly when the feedback requires it. This has the double effect of learning from errors quickly and earning the respect of others.
“If you can live close to where you work, you’ll have a more enjoyable life and have more productivity and be more committed, so I would try to do that if you could.”
“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own”
~ Henry Ford
Ruth Rogers the CEO of the River Cafe
Like Dyson Ruth Rogers advocates choosing the right people to work with on a daily basis. Once chosen though time has to be invested in bringing the best out of them. Paying them well rather than what you can get away with goes a long way to showing someone that s/he is valued, but creating a working environment that fosters both productivity and creativity will also grease the rails.
“The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.” ~ Henry Ford
Harriet Green – Thomas Cook Group
Harriet Green believes in trusting your instincts but also making sure – as Henry Ford did – to surround yourself with people better than you in the skills you need to succeed.
Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
~ Henry Ford
In conclusion, you have to believe in yourself and get out and do it. Don’t wait until everybody is onboard. The longer you wait before taking the first step the more chance someone will convince you that your idea is doomed. Believe in your ideas, believe in the people that you have chosen to work with but the most important thing is to get started.
“One of the greatest discoveries a person makes, one of their great surprises, is to find they can do what they were afraid they couldn’t do” ~ Henry Ford.