Step 2: Nourishment- Isnt water the foundation for growth and an essential element for life?
Nourishment can include just about anything from sound business plans to thorough market analysis to branding and social media.
Where to begin, and does it ever end? Our entrepreneurial seeds simply need water. After all, isnt water the foundation for growth and an essential element for life?
It’s readily available and relatively inexpensive.
Our seeds will only rely on the water we supply to ensure they are firmly planted. Too much or too little water could cause an imbalance in the soil. Therefore, we must take the time to determine how to cultivate our own seeds.
World-renowned entrepreneurs like Oprah Winfrey and Walt Disney discovered their own water sources through perseverance, trusting relationships and belief in Self. Be advised: This step can be tricky, so proceed with caution.
One afternoon while attending a class sponsored by a local small-business mentoring association, I engaged in conversation with one of the highly esteemed mentors. In less than five minutes, the so-called respected mentor managed to inform me my business plan was a bad idea and how he would have directed me to another path.
Really? He just met me. How could he possible know which business path was right for me?
I’ve frequently encountered similar scenarios in business. I acknowledge there are individuals who have brilliant business insight and financial success. However, no one will know your vision or business better than yourself.
Your seeds are delicate and can be destroyed before they ever break soil, if you’re not attentive to external conditions. So I smiled and kindly ejected myself from the conversation almost like a pilot before the jet spins out of control.
The cultivation process continued. I attended more business classes, identified vital financial resources, engaged trusted advisers and conducted extensive market research. They all served as essential sources of nourishment for my seeds.
Then I discovered my own personal water well. I can access it anytime, its absolutely free and the water is always so fresh and invigorating. This 24-hour, all-access water well for me is meditation. Stress release, enhanced creativity and increased focus are just a few of the profound effects I experience through this daily practice as a budding entrepreneur.
My water well is constantly flowing and ready to give, as long as I continue to go to the well.
The Big Question
So back to the initial question: Can the seeds of entrepreneurship grow for us if we just add water? You be the judge.
Meditation helped enlighten my awareness of the self-confidence and value I would require for entrepreneurship. Ive never seen my thumbs so green in my life!
One last gardening tip Id like to share. Just like in nature, seasons change and can impact the growth of your seeds. Youll see your seeds flourish with financial growth in optimal conditions or suffer economic drought under harsh conditions. Regardless of the season, remember your seeds still need water to keep them alive and ready to thrive again in due time.
Still thinking of starting the next virtual dog walking business? Well, before you stock up on doggie treats, you may want to grab for the nearest shovel and start digging!