Yes, ambition and belief in your ideas can overshadow the fears. They do for me, most of the time.
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Ahhh.... said in the true bootstrapper spirit. Just don`t forget~ to be successful a company has to generate $$`s to fund growth. Passion will only go so far.
You`re getting ready to build a team. Know who you need, know your weaknesses and theirs, your strengths and theirs. Put together a great team and you`re 1/2 way home.
Your passion may indicate you`re better in an evangelistic role. Get others involved such as a Relator (the who person) and a Maven (the how person) and since passion doesn`t carry you the full trip, get the Maven working on finding the funding.
You`re growing, that`s good. But other`s won`t risk that which you`re not willing to. Sacrificing is what we do to fuel the dream. It`s not easy to find those willing to believe in the dream and keeping it alive as much as you do, much less expect them to sacrifice.
Your belief will keep you on the path, hopefully for the long haul. Your preparation and ability to build a good team around a good product/service will get you home.
Age is just a number I`m young but look younger than I really am which is 29. When I was 25 I developed a new website Marthasflowers.com for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Which ended up making them millions in its first year. They had made their own flower site which was failing and loosing money and asked the company I worked for to develop a new site and close down their old operations and website.
My employers trusted me with her website, but her GM took one look at me and was like "arent you a little young to be in charge?" My CEO told him I was the only employee of his he could afford to give up so it was me or nothing.We were out to dinner at a posh restaurant in Del Mar, California celebrating the singing of the contract. It was a Wednesday night. He then asked me to have a complete business plan for him by the next Monday ...4 days later. I knew he thought I could not do it, so that if I failed he could ask for a different project manager from my companies CEO. After dinner after working a 14 hour day, plus 2 hour dinner..They asked me what I was doing over the weekend..I told them I would be at the office if they needed me...I went back to the office RIGHT after dinner to start on the plan..and turned in the complete business plan monday morning.
If you in your gut know you can develop the business, don`t let age or anyone tell you otherwise. I knew I could create a successful company for Martha Stewart..I had developed about 10 websites prior to hers for bigger companies than hers like Kroger and SearsFlowers. The secret to being successful is execution and planning. Take the time to develop a good business plan and follow it as a guide to success.
Listen to the show today for my hot elevator pitch.
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Good for you! Many would not go as far as you did. People I`ve talked with indicate the want to start a business but it`s just talk. I hope you`re doing very well.
I too have started a business, a Home Based Business, which has allowed me to retire early, have a new home built and to move, with my family, out of CA to OR and believe me, being born and raised in CA and moving to OR was never in my "to do" list.
Good luck in your business.