I posted this on Facebook for my new friends at Heald College - Fresno,
who I was honored to speak with yesterday at the Mentoring group. This
is from my napkin ... some "P"s for starting a new business or
non-profit venture (or any bold initiative):
1. A Purposeful Product --- What are you bringing to the table and is there a real and perceived need with the right timing?
2. Passion - Does this ring your bell, ignite your fire, and tug at your heart. Can and do you believe that this "product," visible or invisible, can change the world and make a difference in people's lives? If not, find something that fires up your passion.
3. Plan - You need to think our and write business plan. Follow a guide like "Business Plans for Dummies" and do it with a mentor or coach to ask the right questions.
4. People - You have to relate to, network with, get along with, incorporate, empower, and use the skills of people in any business that multiplies itself. Read "The Go Giver" by Bob Burg You REALLY need to read this book before you start anything! People matter. Learn to like them and serve them!!!
5. Presentation - I ironically started to run out of time here. Find a way and develop the skills necessary to tell your story. A hint--- Toastmasters is a great resoruces for you here. Central Valley Toastmasters, Federal Toastmasters and many other local groups can help you or we can start a club on your campus!
6. Promote. You will need a marketing plan and you will need to work it. Learn the art of selling. Read Frank Betcher's classic, "How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling."
7. Persevere. "Fail forward" (credit to John C. Maxwell) and turn your failures into building blocks for future success!