We all do it……fantasize about how sweet huge success can be, and then get frustrated when our ideas/concepts don’t launch us in to the fortune stratosphere on the first attempt. John Linkner, a blogger for one of Vision Generation Lab’s favorite publications, Fast Company, wrote a nice little reminder piece entitled “The Dirty Little Secret of Overnight Successes”….. here’s the link to his blog piece: http://www.fastcompany.com/1826976/the-dirty-little-secret-of-overnight-successes.
From one of the fastest-growing websites in history, Pinterest, to James Dyson and his amazing vacuum cleaner and fans, they all had many set-backs and failures leading up to their success. It did NOT just happen overnight. Heck, even our business hero, Oprah Winfrey, struggled for a very long time before she became the entertainment mogul she is today. And speaking of Oprah, her new network, OWN, is going through some very public challenges right now. However, you don’t see her throwing in the towel, do you?
I have never been a fan of Steve Jobs, but have always been a huge fan of his products. After recently reading his biography, beautifully written by Walter Isaacson, I was both inspired and disappointed. I recognize he was a great visionary (which inspires), but felt he had little regard for kindness and compassion toward his colleagues (which disappoints). I’m convinced there is a successful balance that can be struck. Most importantly, I walked away from the book with one valuable nugget I will hold on to until my last breathe. During his June, 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Jobs said the following:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
I offer these words as encouragement to every one with a business idea or concept. The time is now to begin. The team at Vision Generation Lab is here to help in the transformation process, from new opportunities to business restructuring. Let’s turn your concept into your success.