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Your Idea Isn’t Bad, But Your Execution May Be



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Many people think they can’t be successful entrepreneurs because they aren’t innovative enough. Thanks to leaders such as Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, there is this common misconception that entrepreneurs can only really be successful if they have this amazing, never-before-seen idea for a business.

They think that the their idea has to be completely new and totally revolutionise their industry. But that’s not always the case. Yes, there are entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs who are visionaries and really do dream about shaking up the world. But just because your idea already exists in the world, it doesn’t mean you have any less chance of succeeding.

When you are first starting out, it is easy to be intimidated or lack confidence in your idea when you see other entrepreneurs in your industry who are seemingly thriving. You might think that you need to come up with something better in order to differentiate yourself from the others. Or you might think that the market is completely saturated and there in no room for you.

“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

In this situation, you need to shift your focus from your idea, to your execution. This means that rather than dwell on if your idea is good enough, different enough or special enough, you need to focus on how you can best bring it to life and make it your own.

Many businesses fail not because their idea wasn’t good, but because they don’t execute it right. Of course it is totally normal and acceptable to make mistakes, but the key difference is make sure you are utilising your resources, such as time, money and effort in the best way possible.

Here are three ways that will help you make sure you are executing on your ideas in the best way possible:

1. Don’t waste your resources.

When you are starting out, it is easy to get caught up in tasks that seem important, but aren’t really going to make too much of a difference to your success. A great habit to get into is to assess your tasks before you do them. Really think about your long-term vision for your business and make sure your tasks are aligned with that. If it’s not aligned, then more than likely you will be wasting your time, money or effort. 

For example, if your execution isn’t right, you might spend too much time deliberating over the font in your logo. This time could be better spent on something such as building a strategy for your marketing campaign.

2. Be driven by more than money.

A key component of how well you execute your business idea also comes down to your own personal passion and drive. If you are starting your business based on how much money you think you could make, rather than actually being passionate about what you are doing, then you are going to run out of steam very quickly. Even if you do happen to have an amazing or unique idea, if you aren’t motivated by reasons bigger than money, you won’t have the required resilience or determination to keep going no matter what challenges come your way.

“To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.” – Steve Jobs

3. Just get started.

The hardest part about executing? Actually doing it. If you are just starting out and you have a business idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, don’t worry about if it is good enough. Or you want to do something in your current business that goes against the grain in your industry, don’t spend time comparing your business to others to see if it could work.

The key here is to just start. Start exactly where you are, make a plan and take the very first logical step. This is the part where you really have to let go of any doubts or fears you have about your idea and just focus on how you will actually bring it to life. In the end, people can have great ideas or they can have mediocre ideas, but it is all about how they execute them. 

There are plenty of examples of businesses that dominate their industry but their actual business model, product or service is nothing new and exciting. Just think about industries such as fashion or digital marketing and you could easily name a few companies right off the top of your head.

But ask yourself, what is it about their actual idea for their business that is truly unique? I think you will find, it is probably not much.So stop overthinking it and focus on what actions you are actually going to take….and take them.

Shannon Threlfall is the founder of The Founder’s Vision, a platform for news, business strategy, consulting, online courses, collaboration and more. This is a platform for WOMXN entrepreneurs who have a massive vision for their business and see the world differently. We are leading a movement to revolutionise the business world and create a new economy that has diversity and social entrepreneurship at its heart.

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There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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