Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe
Welcome to the Always Forward Leadership Podcast. Last week, we talked about knowing when it’s time to move on. Today, we’re talking about starting – what to do when you want to launch something new.
In today’s conversation, I share a personal story of how we started Catalyst University – our annual leadership event – at Southwest Michigan First so you can see a real life illustration from my own experience of what it looks like to have a dream and then make it a reality. (By the way, it’s not too early to register for your tickets to Catalyst University on January 26, 2017 at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo!)
Some of the advice Tim and I share includes:
- Start small and grow smart for long-term success. There are very few overnight successes.
- Do your research. It sounds simple, but use Google! Talk to your customers. Don’t allow your idea to be so secretive that you have no research.
- Maintain a healthy sense of fear, but use it for motivation to propel you ahead!
- Take advice from people who love you – and watch out for the critics.
If you have a dream burning inside of you, I hope today’s conversation is just the push you need to start!
Question: What were you created to start? What steps have you taken to make your dream a reality?