The True Entrepreneur is a Doer


“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” ~ Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari Computer

I know true entrepreneurs. I love them. They move to action decisively. That critical ability to generate ideas and act on them quickly is a true separation. It creates energy, momentum and something out of nothing.

It’s creativity in action when you see entrepreneurship.

I like to play things loose and see what happens. I like to generate ideas, lots of them. And I turn those ideas into movement. I like to get the universe to react from some action I create. It is what works for my entrepreneurship by doing something quickly and clearly.

Most of my ideas are not perfect. But action helps perfect the concepts. Here are some ways I start the process of moving from ideas to action in my entrepreneurial approach:

  • Sharing my idea with my audience and looking for reactions
  • Tapping my network and starting conversations
  • Building requirements documents
  • Booking a meeting with a person that can move my idea forward
  • Finding a platform to start posting, positioning and engaging
  • Opening a loop so I get dissatisfied
  • Closing a deal
  • Creating a new service offering and pitching it

I like the challenge of making ideas happen, and the more action that is clear, the more fun it becomes to create value in the world.

There are so many resources, technology and people to make entrepreneurship happen. Leading is the key, and that starts with Nolan Bushnell’s insight that action is a critical habit. Anything short of that is simply dreaming.

Maybe People

“A maybe person will never get you where you want to go.” – Jim Riley

There are two things that matter in business – decisions and actions.  All the activities, emails, conversations, meetings, phone calls, and myriad of work we do as knowledge workers ends up in a decision and an action.

Unfortunately, many people put their energy and emotions into another thing altogether – hope.  Hope is a poor strategy.  When a person you are seeking an answer from does not decide or act, it slows down momentum.  Their lack of forthrightness has you pursuing without a clear answer.  Unfortunately, we live in a society where people are not candid.  Rather than return a phone call as good etiquette, they ignore your call.  Part of it is inattention.  Part of it is hoping you will go away.  Either way, it is indecision and inaction.  They are likely not a decision maker, not interested or not polite.  It is a person not worth pursuing business with. Continue reading