Discovering the Entrepreneurial Spirit within you

Have you ever asked yourself if you have what it take to become an entrepreneur? What skills are needed? I have been intrigued by those questions for some time and finally was curious enough to travel all the way to California to find some answers.

There were 10 of us and for 2 and a half days we participated in a process called ‘The Dreaming Room’ - how to awaken the Entrepreneurial Spirit within – and believe me it was quite a task; but I learned something remarkable; I learned that the entrepreneurial spirit lives within me and also within you and you and you.

The ‘Dreaming Room’ process was created and facilitated by Michael Gerber, who is considered by many to be the most innovative small business guru of the last 30 years. I have enjoyed Michael’s straight forward approach, clarity, focus and passion for some time and loved working with him.

I would like to share with you some of my key insights from those days. They are not just keys for being an entrepreneur, but also for living life to the fullest.

1. Every entrepreneur does one thing. He takes an ordinary thing and does it in an extraordinary way. Just really let that sink in for a moment – To do something Ordinary in an Extraordinary way; To do it better then anyone else, to have more imagination than everyone else, and to dream bigger then anyone else.

2. Imagination is more important than knowledge! If you figure out what you are here to do then you will also figure out how to do it. Forget for a moment about your skills and what you know how to do already. Start dreaming about a great result. A great result you would like to create. Start asking yourself 'If I had a dream, what would it be?' Find a dream in your own life story or your pain.

3. Think about one thing in your demographic area that is missing or not working well. Start to imagine ways to do it better.

4. Dig to the root of the problem, investigate who is already doing something to solve it. Identify how it could be done better.

5. Think big – start small, step by step.

6. Your accountability is to take people beyond where they are, to touch their lives.

7. Think of yourself as an Ambassador for what you stand for. You are a teacher for your customers, staff, colleagues, suppliers.

8. Ask yourself what can be done and how can it be done for someone that wants it done. What is the one thing that you feel inspired to do?

Those are just 8 points to get you started on finding your own dream. It is important not to be limited by what you already know how to do. Go about finding your dream with an open mind, have fun with it, be curious about what comes up. The process alone is fascinating.

Just one additional point – once a dream has emerged you may find it difficult to ignore it. I hope you do. I hope that you will feel compelled to act and to free the Entrepreneurial Spirit that has been living all along inside you.

Then you may need additional help. Michael Gerber has written a number of books on the essential disciplines for building a successful business. I recommend that you read them. You may want to consider one of the E-myth books. His latest book "The Most Successful Small Business in the World" (... and yes you can start with this one) is a passionate call for action!

With my best wishes for your success,

Christiane Pohl

Life & Leadership Coach

Author:. Christiane specialises in coaching Executives and their teams with managing change, achieving their objectives and developing their soft skills for lasting success.She is an EMCC accredited Leadership Coach & Mentor with a professional background of over 25 years experience as Senior Manager in internat... Go Deeper | Website

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