As a business coach for creative entrepreneurs and freelancers, I’m always interested in what makes a person or company successful, while others struggle (and ensuring my clients fall firmly into the first category!)
I once went to a networking event where one of the speakers was a Facebook executive. She said that the company motto was “Move Fast and Break Things”. They got new ideas out there as fast as they could, saw what worked and what didn’t, and fixed the problems as they went along. When I thought about it later, I realized that the trait was common to all of the outrageously successful entrepreneurs I could think of. The Richard Bransons of the world don’t wait for everyone to agree that their idea is a good one, or for it to be perfectly formed before they put it out there. They test and tweak as they go.
While none of us are likely planning to launch a space mission or airline anytime soon, why not take a leaf out of their book?
Here are 5 ways YOU can get results by taking inspired action:
1. Put yourself out there
You could have the best product or service in the world, but if people don’t know about your, your impact and potential will be limited. Who do you know who could introduce you to more of your ideal clients? It could be a person, a community or an association – anyone who has access and influence with the clients you serve (or want to serve). I serve creative professionals, so I focus on places where creative types congregate. I teach workshops at WeWork co-working spaces, write guest blog posts for the Freelancer’s Union (you can check out my most recent post here), teach workshops and webinars for entrepreneurial communities such as In Good Company and Smarty, and attend creative conferences such as99U and HOW Design Live. It’s not as hard to get started as you think. Groups are always looking for new resources that will help their community, so drop them an email with an idea for a talk/workshop/webinar and start the conversation.
2. Seize opportunities (even when you don’t feel ready)
Did your mum ever tell you “Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it”? Mine did. When you up your inner game, opportunities start coming in thick and fast and chances are, some of them will force you outside of your comfort zone. Don’t let the fear stop you. Pushing it off won’t make you feel any more comfortable, so when someone asks you to speak at a conference or lead a workshop, say “yes” and then figure out how to do it. You’ll be surprised at how resourceful and brave you really are.
3. Prioritize projects that ‘have legs’
Successful entrepreneurs know that a thriving, dynamic business needs equal parts structure and flexibility. Absolutely map out your goals, along with the steps you need to get there, but be prepared to pivot if you get traction on an idea in the form of client support or interest. When it comes to getting results, inspired action will always trump plain old effort, so go for glory.
4. Get support
Putting yourself out there is a lot easier when you have support. There are lots of communities and programs dedicated to masterminding, support and accountability. I’m really interested in trying Savor Circles, you could also create your own group. The best groups consist of like-minded people with complimentary skill sets and experiences.
5. Don’t wait for things to be perfect
An idea is worthless until you make it a reality. Get it out there and know that sometimes good is good enough.
If these tips resonate with you, but taking action (on the right things) continues to be a challenge for you, I’d love to help. Click here to schedule a free introductory call with me where you can share your challenges, ask questions and talk about solutions.
To your happiness and success!