Admit it, you would really like to own your own business. Most of us would. But getting started is a gnarly tangle of question marks.
- Do I have what it takes?
- What do I do first?
- Do I have the appetite for risk?
- Should I find a partner?
- If my business doesn’t take off quickly do I give up food, shelter or clothing first?
Curious-but-careful types turn to books for answers to these questions. While you can read about entrepreneurship all you want, you can’t actually become an entrepreneur without taking action. Which means the best thing to do to warm up your entrepreneurial spirit is practice taking entrepreneurial action (without spending or losing money in the process).
I offer people enamored with the idea of entrepreneurship a simple one week challenge. If you bail on the challenge in the first day, it is a sign that you should not be a sailor on the entrepreneur ship. But if you complete the challenge, not only have you exercised the right behavior, you’ve primed the pump for the next step too.
So here is my challenge to you:
Adam Albrecht’s Unpatented One Week Entrepreneurial Warm Up Exercise.
- Pick a good starting day that offers flexibility in your schedule. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays work well.
- Every time you think of someone, reach out to them. Send an email, text or a call them. Shoot them a message on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Write the impulse down if you can’t send a message at that moment. But send the message that day. If there is a reason that person popped into your mind let them know. *only contact each person once, even if you think of them multiple times during the week. You don’t want to creep them out.
3. Write down the number of days in a row that you completed the mission.
The 3 Reasons You Should Try This Exercise:
1.Entrepreneurship is about turning thoughts into actions. Everyone has thoughts, ideas and impulses. But most of the time these impulses dissipate before they become actions. This exercise helps you transform your moments of inspiration into actions.
2. Entrepreneurship also requires you to actively maintain your network. That means investing time, thought, action and care into other people. It also involves expanding your network. Which could mean reaching out to people you don’t know, or don’t know well.
3. Entrepreneurship requires persistence. You have to keep at it day after day. Even if you really enjoyed a day or two of this exercise, don’t try to launch a business until you can string together a full week of successful impulse activation.
5 Things You Will Learn From This Exercise:
1. What it is like to activate your thoughts.
2. Whether or not you can activate your thoughts with consistency.
3. Your connections with others will grow stronger.
4. The recency of your communications with make others more likely to think of you again in the near future.
5. Human interactions often set off a chain of interesting positive events.
In entrepreneurship action is everything. In order to invent Facebook you actually have to invent Facebook. And it starts by doing the things you’ve thought about doing but haven’t done. Entrepreneurship requires you to spend a good chunk of your time outside your comfort zone. So practice getting over that discomfort by reaching out to friends and family you haven’t contacted for quite some time. By the end of this Unpatented One Week Entrepreneurial Warm Up Exercise, you won’t have spent any money on your business idea. But you will have created a more fertile environment for it to grow.