Entrepreneurialism And Mentorship

Today’s motivation for young entrepreneurs is being fueled through a variety of mentor-based programs that work to assist in the development of great ideas while pointing out potholes to avoid.

Organizations like Entrepreneurs Only (EO) are working to foster growth in young entrepreneurs with a sizeable dream. The organization further encourages philanthropy as part of the goodwill associated with establishing the vision.

Make no mistake, becoming an entrepreneur is as grueling as any class you’ve ever attended which is why it makes sense to link with an entrepreneurial group or message board that will allow you to ask questions and learn from the collective wisdom of those you are in contact with.

Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight” Author Unknown

Experience can come in two flavors. The first is through personal failures and the wisdom gained from those very personal events. The second is by expressing a willingness to learn from the mistakes of others.

When developing a business it is in your best interest to seek out someone who’s been on the road your traveling and see what you can learn from him or her.

I considered Nat King Cole to be a friend and, in many ways, a mentor. He always had words of profound advice.” Diahann Carroll

Some may have had the rare privilege of having a mentor who helped shape them into the human being they are today, but many are still looking for someone to interact with that can assist them in both personal and professional growth.

Interestingly, many who could be mentors typically do not see themselves as such. These individuals can pinpoint mistakes they have made in their lives and come away with the decision that they are not qualified to be a mentor.

Whether in business or life one of the most valuable assets you will ever have is a friend who will stand with you in all circumstances.

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Entrepreneurialism: Research Vs. Intuition

In the development of a business there is a certain amount of research that must be conducted. Most entrepreneurs find themselves immersed in some form of research whether they like it or not.

For many burgeoning entrepreneurs there is a question of whether intense research or personal intuition is the best course of action in determining the direction needed in business decisions.

Henry Ford once said, Thinking is the hardest work there is. Which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.” Even the pioneering automaker knew that research was a taxing and labor intensive process that was not necessarily enjoyable.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” – Author Unknown

There is a certain learning curve that comes with developing a new business, and it is research that moves us to a point of understanding. Ceilia Green once quipped, The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.”

It is often the vision realized through research that allows entrepreneurs to move beyond speculation to risk and reward.

However, if there is a battle it may well be between the usefulness of research or intuition in business development scenarios. Albert Einstein once wrote, The only real valuable thing is intuition.” Albert Einstein was a genius, yet he placed a high value on intuition.

Dr. Joyce Brothers understood a dynamic that many miss when she wrote, Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.”

It may be possible that the very act of research allows our intuition to somehow work through all the intangibles so that intuition can take over. I would suggest that it is not a matter of whether research or intuition is more important, but how the two processes work together.

Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.” – John Naisbitt

It is the very moment when research and intuition meet that they real enthusiasm typically begins for entrepreneurs. The two are ultimately allies in the process of understanding, but far too often individuals over analyze the research information without allowing intuition the freedom to understand what it somehow knows without being able to articulate.

The development of vision often occurs when the known meets the unknown and somehow understands they are compatible. The development of a majority of businesses occurred when research met intuition and found they were not enemies.

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An African Hope Peddler

A man who refuses to move forward will never leave a footprint.” – Modupe Oluwalademi

Modupe lived in Nigeria. He had very little in the way of wealth and had been robbed more than once, but he had an incredibly entrepreneurial spirit. His contagious spirit inspired many to do more with their lives than they thought possible.

This man was marketing hope and he was gifted and promoting his product. He had seen the worst of circumstances yet found the means to pen words that were both motivational and hope-filled.

Consider the following…

If you don’t begin where you are today, you’ll never get anywhere tomorrow.” Modupe Oluwalademi

A time waster is an opportunity waster.” – Modupe Oluwalademi

You’ll become a king-size liability to your generation if you lack ‘a plan of action’ for your life.” Modupe Oluwalademi

It is a fool that celebrates a plan that has not delivered results.” – Modupe Oluwalademi

Don’t give up on your failure. ‘Try again’ might be what you need to become a world changer.” – Modupe Oluwalademi

When you learn every day and you don’t act upon what you have learned, you are like a farmer plowing every day without sowing seed.” – Modupe Oluwalademi

A problem solver is always a crowd puller.” – Modupe Oluwalademi

A man who dares nothing learns nothing.” – Modupe Oluwalademi

The greatest risk in life is not to take any.” – Modupe Oluwalademi

Courage gives strength to vision, but discouragement stifles the life out of it.” – Modupe Oluwalademi

Attitude is like an epidemic, it is very contagious.” – Modupe Oluwalademi

Modupe was only forty-three when he passed away, yet his words provide important clues to the bold spirit of entrepreneurialism.

No matter what you are marketing it takes a brash mixture of risk, opportunity and drive to moves you from a person with passive interest to one that is passionate about what you have to offer and the benefits of the product.

Modupe also reveals another truth; you will have plenty of detractors in your quest to establish your dream when he writes, Armchair critics are often champions at nothing.”

You may think that the marketing of hope on the streets of Nigeria to be a waste of the entrepreneurial spirit, yet if you are honest you will find reason to move forward with your own dreams when you consider the words of an African Hope Peddler.

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