Defying the Experience Convention

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Experience and expertise have often been used as obstacles to your achievement. You have been told that you are too young, too old, too inexperienced, over qualified. You may have even adopted these obstacles and replay them in your own mind.

The truth is success is less about intellectual capacity or having been there.

Success is more about social capacity and the ability to dream, risk, share, and act.

Open any business magazine. Read any “I made it” memoir. You will see that success came when individuals took a chance to build and test their social capital.

Dream
Proof of concept is not in others agreeing with you that your idea is achievable. Proof of concept is in the doing. Whatever you envision, complete it. Produce it. Evidence will silence doubt.

Risk
If fear is not a part of your production equation, you must question whether you are alive. Risk is a necessary tag along with great reward. Be more afraid of a failure to attempt than of taking a chance to get paid for doing what you love.

Share
Ideas are plentiful. Many of the ideas that you will come up with are not new or innovative. That is why it seems that your grand ideas are being implemented by others. No one stole your idea. The seemingly stolen idea was not a unique enough representation of your gifts and talents. If the idea is uniquely yours, no one could accomplish it like you can.

My admonishment to share is not about sharing the germination of your ideas. Sharing is about moving your ideas to market. Exercise diligence. Distinguish between visions and vice. Then, package that idea in its first edition. Plan for a second edition to be released soon.

Act
You will know your idea because it takes work. For the beginning entrepreneur, the work may seem more than you are used to employing. But that fact, along with the specificity of your market, means that others are reluctant to produce your product. The last barrier is your decision to put in time. The good news is that you have time. But, put in some time at least each week.

Most would be producers share a common insistence on perfection. The challenge is to create perfection “eventually.” Along the way toward perfection, release products that are the extent of your social, intellectual, and production capital. It is unacceptable to put off activity until you are certain that you know everything and can control everything.

Old Paradigm

New Paradigm

Confirm

Dream

Safe Bets

Risk

Confidentiality

Share

Perfect

Act

[This blog post is excerpted from the forthcoming book COACH Me: Gameplanning Your Success. The full text is scheduled for release Fall 2012 by MAWMedia.com]

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