So you've got big plans for the future...Great, so do I! A year or so ago, while I was reading Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk, I realized that I wanted to have a career sharing leadership and business principles. I think it would be fun and I like learning. I recognized that this dream was a long way down the road, but I had better get started doing something now.
So I follwed Gary's advice on branding yourself and started this blog writing about the things that I am interested in. I enjoy it, it's fun, and I'm learning.
I'm sure someday I will look back on this and be embarrassed. However, I've learned that if you're not launching too soon, you're launching too late. Or better put, if you're not embarrassed by your first version, you've launched too late.
In this video, Derek Sivers teaches that "Version 0.1" is the thing you can do right now to get started because "Version 4.8" will come eventually after much trial, error, and refining. The important concept to realize is that you'll never begin if you're trying to start with "Version 2.0". Apple launched the first iPad even though deep in the basement of their R&D Dept. they had a prototype of the iPad 6. The point is, you'll never launch if you're waiting until the product is perfect.
This week I've been reading up on leading meetings in modern times. In doing so, I came across this quote:
A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. - Lao Tzu
Then I came across this video and learned that it's really the first followers who are the leaders.
Here are some key points:
Just Admit That You Don't Know
In my last blog post I wrote about how unnecessary business plans are because nobody knows the future. It sure would be nice if the line graphs always went up and up...but that's not reality. Here in this video Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want, explains the following:
1. A complex and thorough business plan does not guarantee success
2. How business plans can change quickly
My favorite quote from this video is:
"No business plan survives first contact with the customer."
Check out this case study to learn the above principle in great depth and these other lessons:
Paul Hill, Ph.D.
I design, plan, and evaluate economic development programs for Utah State University.
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