If you’re reading through my website chances are you might be starting or thinking about starting a new business. Let me be one of the first to congratulate you and tell you how excited I think that is. I love all kinds of businesses, I’ve always felt a kinship to those who want to go out, make or build something themselves. I think it’s in my blood.
I never met my grandfather; he was from a wealthy, educated Indian family living in South Africa when he met my grandmother who was none of those things. From what I understand his family disowned him when he decided to marry her. What my grandmother lacked in pedigree she made up in being attractive and a good cook. She and my grandfather started making these donut type things called Koeksusters. They started with very little and before long had a storefront, became well respected merchants who sold all kinds of things like flour and staples to the town where they lived.
My little bit of family history is to make the point that you don’t necessarily need to come from a great family, be well educated, or even be an expert in the area you are interested in. Of course all those things don’t hurt, but if you have the drive, you can make yourself great, and if you do things the right way, you will soon become an expert in your field.
The first and most critical ingredient is the desire to, DO, BUILD, MAKE, BE. That desire coupled with action is bound to take you somewhere. Your beginnings do not define you, or dictate where you will go. You determine what your future will be and how you want to go through life. You really just have to take the first step and start. Starting is the hardest part.
Keep in mind, everyone’s Start is different, you might see someone and it looks like his or her Start is like a coronation complete with parade. Other’s Starts might be doing their trade for family and friends. Whatever your Start is, it’s just that, a Start.
The place where you begin, gives you a point of origin and reference, from which you can improve, change, and grow. Taking your first steps toward your dreams doesn’t require rash or impulsive decisions either. Just take a small action step towards your goals. This could be brainstorming with someone you trust, writing out your business plan, taking a class, buying a how-to-book, or reading a blog telling you to start the process.
The smallest seed can lead to something amazing, but you’ll never know if you don’t take a chance and start.