You've heard them jabbering before. Those people who always seem to have the next big idea or million dollar product. Six weeks later you see them again and ask them about their business idea because you're curious. They have either this response - "Oh yeah, I totally forgot about that!", or this one - "Nah, I don't know if that would really ever work.", or possibly one like this - "Oh no, let me tell you about this other new idea instead...".
Time after time, these slacker "entrepreneurs" create only ideas. I use the quotes around "entrepreneur", because these people, while they may be entrepreneurial by nature, have yet to earn their title.
Why do so many entrepreneurial-types stop with mere ideas? If the idea is stupid (pardon my bluntness), by all means stop the train. But what if someone has a really good business idea yet they never do anything with it? Why do they do this? Because ideas are safe and fun. Nothing ever goes wrong in the perfect, imaginary business. All of the ideas make sense perfectly and no research is needed. The idea or product sells like hotcakes right off the bat. It's revolutionizing the industry. The paparazzi stalks your every move as you travel to your new vacation home in Grand Cayman.
Alright, that was a bit dramatic... But you get the point! I'll be the first to admit that ideas ARE fun! And it's OK to have lots of them that take time to develop or some that might need to hit the trash bin instead. However, in the business and entrepreneurial world, there is one thing that separates the wheat from the chaff - ACTION.
For the sake of this discussion, suppose that someone has a great business idea and is being a slacker about it. What might be holding a person back from taking action? It could be any number of things, such as;
- Lack of Skill
- Laziness - Just Plain "Slackerism"
- Timing (or perceived bad timing)
- Lack of Planning & Life Distractions
- Self Doubt
Although they are fun to tease, I suppose we should not totally discount the slackers. Many of us have overcome entrepreneurial slackerism ourselves and have reached the other side! We've earned the title of entrepreneur, and we wear it with pride. So what gets a person over the hump, into actually taking action and moving forward? Here are a few possible reasons;
- Someone believed in you
- Your current job situation fell through & you were forced to make a new plan
- It was your destiny and you knew it
- The idea did not go away
- A mindset switch changed your perspective
- You saw someone else having success & got motivated
- You just plain made the decision to go for it
Slacker "entrepreneurs" should not remain idle for long. If they do, at some point ideas start to become frustrating instead of exciting. I can remember times like this myself. If that happens, a little encouragement and small victories can keep a person going for a long time. Even though you can't control the outcome, take the time to sow wisdom and encouragement into others' if you see they have potential.
What specifically got you moving? Maybe it was a combination of things, or maybe you're still idling. Either way, if you are entrepreneurial by nature, you will have a difficult time escaping yourself. Just say NO to entrepreneurial slackerism!