If you had read my yesterday’s blog post on “How a Start-up can win the market and start rolling?” you now have an idea on starting your business and acquiring the first few deals for your business.
But that’s not going to go a long way, if you haven’t mastered this mind-set. That’s the insanely hard-core desire to keep pushing your limits in everyday life to solve problems.
This is what made every successful entrepreneur make an impact in this world. Looking at people like Tony Robins, the success couch and founder of several million dollar companies, started to make a dent through his strong desire to help other and solve their personal problems. He became the go to kid from his early days in life.
Richard Branson, a true legend who built a business empire of 400 companies, found ways to make an impact through his businesses around the world. Jeff Bezos, the guy who found Amazon is a great example. He started Amazon as a problem he had run in to and wanted to solve for the rest of the world.
Reading Jeff Bezos’s life story, it was evident how he went through that initial period with insane desire to find the solution. He had no choice but to quit his job, put everything else aside and went to a different city to live at a low-budget till he solve this problems.
As I mentioned yesterday, once you got your ideas it’s best to test your market reactions. Ethan Austin, founder of DealGooder and GiveForward exaplins this saying “Once you’ve discovered a problem you are passionate about fixing, it is up to you to inquire and learn as much as possible from people who have been in your shoes. Go to meetups, listen to speakers at StartupGrind, volunteer at events like Startup Weekend or Lean Startup Machine.”
Go get engaged with the local startup community in your local area. That’s where you will first make an impact. Also during this period, share your idea with everyone you meet (don’t worry about them stealing your idea) and seek out a mentor or two who is willing to coach you along this journey. No one succeeds without receiving help from others. Smart founders make use of the resources around them.
The above actions have been a primary motto in my startup life and I’m striving for excellence at Futurist Business Ltd.
Further explaining Ethan gives a great Challenge for you today.
Challenge: Find the email address of a successful entrepreneur you admire and email her. Start a dialog by asking a succinct, one sentence question that she can answer in one minute or less.
So do it today and this will give you the momentum to succeed in your business and life.
**This post was Inspired by Ethan Austin
He’s one of CNN’s top ten generation next entrepreneurs, avid burrito fan and social innovator — one of those problems was helping people pay for medical expenses.
That was the impetus behind co-founding GiveForward, a game-changing crowdfunding platform that helps people raise money online for their friends’ medical expenses (from cancer treatments to organ transplants). Since 2008, GiveForward has raised $2.5 million in venture funding — but more importantly, the platform has helped thousands of families raise more than $25 million to help their loved ones get healthy again. (Check out this incredible video about how hundreds of virtual hugs were translated into real funds for 17-year-old Justin, who was battling stage 4 cancer.)
The company’s innovative approach has won them an Edison Gold award (for best new social innovation in the U.S.) as well as a spot on Inc.’s 30 Under 30 this past year.
Ethan is also the brain behind 2009’s DealGooder, a socially minded e-commerce site acquired in 2012.
One thing is pretty clear to us: Ethan’s insatiable desire to find the world’s best burrito gives him the nutritional sustenance he needs to save the world, little by little. How does he do it?
This Thursday, February 21st at 3 PM EST is your chance to pick Ethan’s brain (and get his best Mexican food recommendations) on all things related to doing good, starting up, turning crowdfunding inside out and getting acquired (or not — see this post) during our hour-long #StartupLab live chat presented by Citi. Bring your best questions, and be prepared to have fun!