I recently started randomly selecting people on Facebook who have questions I can provide mentoring support. I then schedule a brief 30-minute phone call with them where I advise, troubleshoot, or just lend a critical ear.
My first call was with an aspiring entrepreneur. She talked passionately about wanting to start a certain business and then shifted our conversation to another idea she was interested in pursuing. Then, as the call was winding down, she hit me with a third idea she wants to start right away.
I get it. I have lots of ideas too.
However, this is what I refer to as “being Jamaican” when building a business (disclaimer: my family is Jamaican and I bleed green, yellow, and black so nothing derogatory here). My point is, every Jamaican I knew growing up had at least three jobs (my Jamaican grandfather actually had 4 jobs at 90 years-old! Don’t ask me how he did but he did).
I have nothing against being passionate about multiple projects (I personally have a struggle balancing between matchmaking, entrepreneurship, and social psychology interests) but when you are just starting out and building your FIRST business, please please please start with just one idea and go hard! There is no other way.
Find your one thing.
Everything you do in the building of your first venture will lay the ground for every future project you have an interest in pursuing.
Posted on: Oct 30, 2013
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