5 Lessons entrepreneurs can learn from Halloween
Author: Helen Birulia
First come’s first serve – On halloween and in business.
Remember that great idea you had? You kept talking about it, but didn’t do anything to make it happen… Later you saw something similar on the market. You threw your hands up, “Hey! I thought of that”
Familiar? We know how it goes.
Get your business ideas out of your head and infront of customers, they will help steer you…if you listen closely.
In parallel, some entrepreneurs are crippled by fear.
If that’s you, keep in mind that life is happening now and indecision is still a decision.
“But I’m still trying to find my passion”
A. Reflect – where do you find joy in life? When you’re not busy or distracted, what do you instinctually find yourself gravitating towards to occupy your time?
B. Consider your tendencies – what are your innate characteristics? When you were very young, what type of child were you?
C. Combine 1 & 2. What do you enjoy, that you’re naturally good at based on who you are as a person? How can you monetize that passion?
You can think (or worry) about doing great things, or you can take action and make them happen?
“One day, you will wake up and there won’t be anymore time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do.” Paul Coelho
Whether you want the most candy or an exit- You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you work for. Perseverance is what separates good from great.
I bet you’ve heard “Work smarter, not harder”. Well, here’s a secret; The best entrepreneurs do both and they still fail!
Entrepreneurs quickly learn their ability to persevere is the difference maker.
You’re going to make mistakes, it’s inevitable. If you choose to live life defeated, expect results that mirror your outlook. If you view adversity as opportunity, nothing will prevent you from achieving your goals.
Grab a coffee. Throw on some music. Do whatever you have to do to get into flow and remember “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” – Jack Ma
Yes, eating that seventh Snickers’ bar may be the most haunting part of your Halloween.
There are so many factors that impact the health of your company. However, there are things that are 100% under your control.
Starting with you.
Productivity is a key component to growth.
“How can I be more productive?”
A. Do your hardest work first
B. Prioritize and work backwards
C. Focus on what matters: 80/20 Pareto Principle – 80% of results come from 20% of work
D. Know your productive window and take strategic breaks
E. Establish time restraints. Give smaller tasks and meetings time constraints to ensure efficiency
Halloween gives us a chance to step out of our comfort zone and do something different.
Whether it’s your costume or your company, embrace who you are and don’t be scared to be creative. Being different is your competitive advantage!
-Richard Feynman won a Nobel prize for work on quantum electrodynamics which he developed in a strip club
-Benjamin Franklin took air baths
-Steve jobs would eat strictly apples and or carrots at times
Yoshiro Nakamatsu would starve his brain of oxygen “you must dive deep and allow the water pressure to deprive the brain of blood. Zero-point-five seconds before death, I visualize an invention.”
Yes, embrace your uniqueness.
Halloween is a good reminder that you should be out connecting with people.
You can learn something from everyone.
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