Starting something new is hard. If it was easy, then everyone would do it. Meeting with startups, I’ve noticed two walls that stop people from moving forward with new ideas.
Fear of Rejection
I meet with a lot of entrepreneurs that want to start something new. The first question many of them ask me is, “Do you think this is worth pursuing?” The hardest part about answering this question is that it’s not mine to answer. An entrepreneur has to first answer that question within themselves. If you decide your idea is worth pursuing then you’re likely to care less about what everyone else thinks.
Lack of Passion
If I’m not passionate about it, it’s not happening. I am not incredibly passionate about proper punctuation, therefore, this blog contains a few awkward punctuations..!. (See what I did there?) In the community in which I work, passion is a key factor of success. I’ve seen a lot of people with great ideas burn out like a forest fire. A great idea without great passion looks bright and captivating until you realize it’s a natural disaster. Great ideas don’t make meaning. Great ideas coupled with passionate people make meaning.
Great ideas that change the world are the ones driven with great execution by the appropriate passionate people. These are the ones that say, “I don’t care what anyone else says. I’m going to do it."