Starting and Growing a Small Business takes guts

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Most entrepreneurs aren’t pure business people. They’re ideas people, driven by a powerful insight, powered by ambition to succeed.

Think of Henry Ford, and his insight that people didn’t need faster horses, they needed a motorcar. Or Bill Gates, who saw the future and knew that it meant that most people would have their own small, powerful personal computer on their desks.

These successful entrepreneurs saw where their vision fitted into a future that did not yet exist and decided to build that future. What do you want to build? When problems arise in your business it’s more important to remember what you want to build not just what you want to fix.

Focusing on solving problems diverts your attention from a far more important activity, and that is creating the new. Productivity and sustainable solutions emerge when we move in the direction of what we want to create or bring into reality. Think of something that you want to change or create or build in your business - and answer the questions below.

The answers will help you to see your route to the future clearly. Take a little time to ponder all of these questions, and answer them as honestly as you can. And finally: once you’ve worked your way through this deceptively simple exercise, ask yourself: What will you do differently in the future as a result of doing this exercise?

Source: True North, Nicola@truenorthpath.co.za . True North is a professional, highly respected coaching and facilitation practice that has inspired, motivated and given direction to many entrepreneurs and other business professionals. True North helps all entrepreneurially minded business owners broaden the way they see the world, thereby enabling them to make more productive personal and professional choices. They and their businesses are then able to shape the future that they desire. Over the past seven years, True North has facilitated programmes that range in scope from what it means to be a trusted advisor to how to have a candid conversation. This process has brought powerful and sustainable results for clients.

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    Its a journey of a lifetime and one that demands everything from you. I find that being focused on where I want to go is what has kept me going. I can see the progress slowly and i've learnt that I need to travel my journey rise and fall and rise again and always be focused on the growth path.