OK, so we’ve beat this Big Moo thing to death, but with 33 insightful authors, it’s worth savoring. Here’s yet another smart snippet to whet your entrepreneurial appetite:
“Are you ready to do an original, life-affirming, remarkable thing? The German philosopher-poet Goethe gave us the only bit of wisdom you need: ‘Whatever you can do, or dream, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.’
FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS
1. You Don’t Need…
- A life of quiet desperation. Not now, not ever.
- Permission—it’s highly overrated. Imagine Steve Jobs seeking permission.
- A lot of fancy moves—Duke Ellington only had four.
- More experience. Beginning it is the experience.
- To forgive yourself for the things you’ve screwed up. It’s history.
- To be computer literate. The best decisions and the best ideas come from people, not machines.
- A degree. M.B.A.s and other three-letter words are also overrated. Ask Tom Peters, who has three, and still got fired by McKinsey only to go on to become the big “!”
- Praise for your idea. Constructive criticism is a much more helpful filter.
- An invitation. Waiting to be asked to the table, the dance, the game, the party, the big meeting is a waste of important energy that keeps you from beginning.
- A baseline or benchmark. By the time you’ve baselined and benchmarked, it’s already too late.
- Consensus—even if you buy the notion that consensus means 50 percent approval.
- Money. Bootstrapping is simply a design constraint.
- Gratitude. As I learned from both my father (who said this often when people whined in his business), and from my dear dog Topper, “If you want gratitude, get a dog.”
- Passion, to get you over the hurdles.
- Trust. Tiny threads of passion always lead to bigger threads.
- Attention. Watch out for the threads and they become tapestries.
- Guts to ask the question, “What’s missing?”
- An attitude that suggests, “I’m prototyping, playing, and palling around.”
- To arm yourself against perfectionists when you choose to use this attitude. They don’t like it.
- The realization that learning is a paradox. It is life affirming and often painful, because you care, and without it you’re literally dead.”
The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable is a book by Seth Godin and The Group of 33. It’s seriously right on. Check it out.