Hug an Entrepreneur

e1f187932fd9d901833353948e85cd94With the world changing so rapidly with deployment of new technologies, leveraging of more information and the ongoing digital disruption of many industries we need entrepreneurs and innovators more than ever.For the financial and social good of every community we need people prepared to have a go and put it all on the line not because they want to make money …. but generally because they know the good the money can do.

We cant rely on Government to make the bold decisions needed at best we need them to support those having a go and do their best not to get in the way …. As I often say if you rely on Government for nothing you will never be disappointed

But its never easy being an entrepreneur and it can be lonely as well as physically and financially challenging as generally it involves taking big risks…..  As the old saying goes an Entrepreneur is prepared to live like most others wouldn’t so that he can live like most others never could.

A few months ago I almost gave up on my dream… But thanks to Reece Formosa and his invite to an event where I heard an amazing collection of young entrepreneurs talk about their struggle and their vision I picked myself up again…

I was reminded that you don’t become an entrepreneur you either are one or you aren’t

Sadly most people don’t get us…. They don’t get that it’s not about money… if it was we would take their advice… Get a job… Accept a handout etc…
It is all about what the money can do!!
I know entrepreneurs do it for the passion of what we believe… Unlike most people we get our why … if you want to be passionate about anything first you need to find Find Your Why   …. Most of us want to make the world a much better place and we don’t want to wait on others e.g. Governments to do it.
I attended an event recently where Brad Feld spoke about Entrepreneurism – Feld  is an American entrepreneur, author, blogger, and venture capitalist at Foundry Group in Boulder, Colorado. Feld began financing technology startups in the early 1990s, first as an angel and later an institutional investor. One of many things he said struck an accord with me –
When Entrepreneurs see a need for something they go ahead and do it they dont wait for others. …  That explained why I started Innovation in the City
It’s that passion that gets you through the days when you decide to walk to the city and save the bus fare for a coffee….. Because you have put everything into your passion and suddenly you realise $5 has become a small fortune…coz that’s all you have.

If everyone esp Governments valued entrepreneurs the world would be a better place soon.
The great thing about not giving up is the amazing people and opportunities that come to you because of who you are – not what you have…or in many cases pretend to be with fancy titles etc

There will be a party soon and all of you who keep me going will be there…. Meantime if you come across a struggling entrepreneur give them a big hug… We are fuelled by passion and emotion and so we probably need a hug more than most people.
That’s it for now… 

Anyone want to catch up for a drink or give me a hug… Let me know…
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Leaders Eat Last and Never Go Hungry

leadership_word_map-800x480There are many words that are thrown about when people talk about Leadership and what makes a good leader .

But really I think the fundamentals are Passion, Confidence, Trust and Respect.

Passion which I wrote about recently in Find Your Why ….. If you want to really be passionate about anything is the foundation to build upon.

Passion I believe leads to Vision, Creativity, Innovation and an Emotional Connection which in turn creates an environment of Confidence in not only the leadership but the organisation.

Trust is the next vital aspect that a true leader needs to have in his people and exhibit to them and in return gain their trust … this develops Loyalty and in turn Mutual Trust. If people Trust you and you trust them and you also have confidence in each other you are well on the way to being a great leader. Continue reading Leaders Eat Last and Never Go Hungry

Find Your Why ….. If you want to really be passionate about anything

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Some months ago I wrote about the importance of talking about Why you do what you do in Business and How you do it ….rather than just tell people what you do.   Its not just what you do that counts …but why you do it….. and how you do it

And more recently a couple of things have had me thinking about this Why Question in terms of every individual.  Why do we do what we do?

Firstly I have been researching for a presentation to a group of University Students looking at a career in Consulting when they graduate soon…. the topic they have asked me to cover is “Leadership and Your Personal Brand”.

This had me thinking about Leaders and the Personal Brand attributes needed to become a successful leader which inevitably lead me to the need to be Passionate if you wish to inspire others. …….. but to be Passionate it is vital, I think, to know Why you do what you do.

And then a personal situation hit me hard when a colleague of many many years and a personal friend at times over those years, very recently took his own life following a lengthy and at times visibly successful career. Continue reading Find Your Why ….. If you want to really be passionate about anything

The Importance of Being

seuss-youPlanning, training, mentoring, strategising, focussing etc etc are all things expected of us in business and in life these days.

And of course we all spend lots of time telling people in business especially about us and what we do and why we do it – Missions, Visions, Passions etc – and above all why we are the person for whatever is needed.

But how much time do we spending Being what we say we are?

Some years ago I had a saying that I promoted to all of my clients –

BE What you Say and Say what you BE.

…….and when all else fails BE YOU… you should at least aim to become good at that!!

And that generally involves telling the truth to the best of your ability as everybody appreciates the truth ………Although  I think we all know any one who says they never Lie is Liar.   At the very least we tell the occasional Lie to protect others and their feelings and reputations.

Even the most honest, loyal faithful husband will lie to his wife if he needs to …………..when asked “Does My Bum Look BIG in this ?”        I am sure he will if necessary Lie or at least avoid the question by saying “Darling you have a great arse!!” Continue reading The Importance of Being