“Don’t let the ‘start’ stop you! That’s what one of my most beloved pastors proclaimed from the pulpit one day. That phrase stuck with me and it still resonates with my spirit now. And this has been a source of encouragement over the past three years since my induction into this entrepreneurial tribe.
It has gotten me through and keeps me pushing forward when the road seems tough and I feel ill equipped to make the climb. I trudge on knowing that the “start” will one day turn into the end of a thing.
It starts as an idea. The lightbulb goes off. Aha! This is the moment you have been waiting for, a fresh concept. A solution that will solve a problem that the world need, a business is conceived. If you are anything like me, you are thinking a mile a minute and working backwards. You’ve already envisioned what it could be and the enormous success you will have. If you’re honest, you’ve already spent the imaginary earnings (after paying off your initial investment first) in your head. A new wardrobe, cars paid off and the most lavish trip around the world with the family and the grandparents in tow. Then reality hits like a ton of bricks. This is a wish that will require work.
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Your thoughts slow down a bit and you become more rational, thinking about what really needs to happen to move this dream along. You ask yourself, “How much knowledge do I really have about this product/service?” Then other questions start to formulate. “Is there a demand for this? How much is it going to cost? Will I need investors? Who is my competition? Online or brick and mortar? Any regulations about this I need to know? Can I really do this? Do I have what it takes?” Before you know it, you’ve questioned yourself out of starting something that may have been God-spired (God inspired).
The start of anything requires a plan and work. You will have to work your plan to move from wish to reality. And this is scary and exciting and dirty and glorious, all at the same time. Don’t be afraid of the start. It’s meant to bring you to an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).