1. Waves of Change:
So many of us dream of bringing about change, yet only a few manage to do so? Why? Because the majority of aspirants just keep dreaming, and analyzing, and lack the boldness to take proactive steps. Then time passes away on its relentless march and those plans only remain affixed in their minds. Only a few dreamers wake up and start taking action and start surfing the waves of reality.
An entrepreneur can be anyone. You just need to have the waves of change-making vibes rocking your soul. Sometimes you might have an idea but you are not sure how to propel those ideas forward. You may be scared because you don’t have many resources. You may be anxious about the lack of investments. The thing is, if you just focus on what you don’t have, you will never be able to see what you do have and what you can get by putting that into good use. Therefore, you need to explore your present reality and realize what you have. You may be surprised to find something at hand that you have been looking for somewhere else.
The following video titled, “Waves of Change”, is an inspiring video that teaches us the value of change and how to harness its power.
2. Empathetic Design Thinking
The one who succeeds in business is the one who can please and understand others. It is a skill that is easily overlooked and it can often lead to failure. This skill is known as empathy. It is the foundation of human-centered design. The problems that you’re trying to solve are rarely your own but your prospective customers’. Therefore empathy is the ability to see from their point of view. The more you empathize with your community, the more will you be able to blend business accordingly.
Empathy is a design thinking process that helps gain an insight into the needs and values of your target customers. Once you start understanding the needs of the people, you’ll know what they want, and thus you evolve your idea to something much better.
The following video enlightens you about the importance of this valuable skill of empathy. Titled, “Design Thinking Empathy Work”, it allows you to explore the empathetic design thinking process that can prove to be an eye-opener.
3. Art Of Pitching:
Many would-be entrepreneurs fail to present their business idea appropriately to the target audience due to the inability to deliver a correct pitch. Your idea might be a very original one, but unfortunately, the way you try to convince your customers may be very wrong. So it never gets to see the light of day. When that is the case, you cannot just sit there and regret your failures. You need to learn the art of pitching your ideas.
To let people know about your ideas, you need to think of innovative ways to stand out in the crowd and leave an impression. You must learn to pitch your idea in such a way that they flow smoothly into the minds of your audience.
The following video shows how emphatically the entrepreneur pitches his idea and convinces his audience. “An Entrepreneur is a storyteller, but you must learn to pitch your story correctly.” Check it out and feel the full power of an effective pitch.
Even though you may have a great idea, there is no guarantee that you will succeed. Failure in the entrepreneurial journey is inescapable, yet there is also a way to make the impact of failures less painful and more bearable. How? The answer is Prototyping!
Prototyping is a communication learning tool that helps you craft a simple experimental model of your proposed product so that you can check out how well it matches customer expectations. You will never truly succeed unless you know what can go wrong with your business and how to organize it as needed. It is a creative process that enables you to be formally prepared to test your product with minimum impact of failures. So even if you fail, you fail cheaply without having to bear huge losses.
The following video gives an overview of prototyping and how the concept can be applied to your business. It is worth a try if you want to test-drive your product before jumping in full-on.
5.Wicked Problem Solving:
Despite our best hopes, the journey of entrepreneurship doesn’t just start and finish with a smooth run. One is faced with a rollercoaster ride of emotions between success and failure, before reaching that fabled safe spot. Many don’t even make it through this tumultuous period, and this is what separates the real entrepreneurs from tourists. The real entrepreneur will realize the problem is really wicked and there is a need to do something about it! This is where your entrepreneurial skills are truly tested.
Often we think that we are the only one who has a complicated problem. But it’s a lie due to misinformation and lack of research. There are always people around us – with even bigger and more complex problems than ours. They too are trying to solve problems. Everyone is actually on the same page. We tend to just look at the results and naively assume that successful people had no problems to deal with. But the truth is they did have problems but they have been able to solve and get through it.
Check out this amazing video by Tom Wujec who has grasped the minds of thousands of people with a simple process of drawing a toast. If you are in the midst of trying your best to deal with complicated problems, here is a relatable video that will give you insights on how people approach a problem. Just like running a startup, drawing a toast seems so simple, but let’s see how easy it is to do so.