Keep Your Startup Out Of The Sand
An Article for Startups and Product Based Ventures
Pulling It All Together
If Entrepreneurial Sand Pits are anything that consume resources disproportionately, then potential Quicksand is All Around Us !! Taking the approach of Westley, the Hero of The Princess Bride, we can use the knowledge of the sand and pass right through.
Westley: No, no. We have already succeeded. I mean, what are the three terrors of the Fire Swamp? One, the flame spurt – no problem. There’s a popping sound preceding each; we can avoid that. Two, the lightning sand, which you were clever enough to discover what that looks like, so in the future we can avoid that too.
Just don’t be cocky in thinking the 3rd Terror doesn’t exist. In business, there’s always something to surprise us.
Here are the 3 things I hope you take away from this article:
#3. If you’re getting bogged down, think critically.
Being self aware is a really good thing. If you can take a few minutes in each planning session and ask yourself, “Am I getting bogged down in anything?” or, “Is there anything that is consuming more time, energy or money than it’s worth?” These questions, and the contemplative answers, will serve as a shield against the sand. Identifying a problem is the first, and arguably most important step to solving it.
#2. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Get on it!
Go back and read the Planning section of this article if you need. The old saying about failing to plan is more true than you may want to admit when you’re running full speed ahead. Just do it.
#1. Ask, Ask, Ask.
There are lots of people that can help you see more clearly. Ask! Ask several people, then take the advice, synthesize it to your specific needs and keep moving.
– And I might add: Give, Give, Give.
Because . . .What comes around goes around.
As you learn, share. It’s what fuels us in pulling together for success.
Pulling Together, We Can All Stay Out Of The Sand !!