Young entrepreneurs have a huge potential advantage over older more seasoned business people.
“What?” you say? “We all know that experience is the best teacher, and experience comes with time and age.”
But experience can also teach us to fear; to play it safe by tried and proven methods. Experience can condition us to miss the moment. Instead of being consciously aware of our circumstance and its potential, we file our experience in the, “seen this, done that” category.
This lack of awareness can be fatal. If we take the moment for granted, we take ourselves for granted as well. We lose touch with the essence of our creativity and personal genius — our fuel for true success in business and in life.
Turning the clock back
Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
“So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the pith of a man’s genius contracts itself to a very few hours”
Those few hours are most evident in youth. Youth has not yet had time to consider the world routine. In youth we can access our creative genius; our personal way of seeing, and creatively use circumstance to express ourselves.
Creative individualism, coupled with the self-belief of youth, will transform the most stressful times into positive energy and opportunities for growth.
Thank goodness for the lack of experience in young entrepreneurs. Without the road map garnered from decades of personal experience, they instead rely on their self-belief and innovation; qualities the business world desperately needs.
It is not easy being a young entrepreneur. There is a lack of respect and credibility from the older business community and from financial institutions, a lack of respect from older employees, and a lack of funds to launch the business. Overcoming these obstacles in a healthy way requires individuality, fire, and creativity; youthful qualities that are accessible to all of us.
Yes, contrary to common belief, the clock can be turned back to recapture our youth — our youthful qualities that is. The wisdom lines are less optional. Those we must keep, and hopefully we earn them.
So what can the young entrepreneur do to capitalize on his or her greatest asset and what can the rest of us do to revitalize it?
Start with a strong commitment to personal development, and then add the following six ingredients:
Make sure you know who you are before you venture into a business or career. Ensure the business matches your aptitudes and personality. You must be passionate to succeed and react positively to stress. If you are already in a business that is less than ideal and it is not practical to change, then infuse more of your character into what you do and how you do it.
Once you have decided on who you are, believe in yourself. Self-belief empowers you to bring your visions into physical form, regardless of opposition. It is your entrance ticket to partake in life at its fullest.
Take yourself off automatic, and look with fresh eyes at the world around you every moment of the day. The world is far richer than we allow ourselves to see. Extend this awareness to how your body feels; relax; breathe deeply, and see how the world transforms.
Creativity and Imagination
These are the cornerstones of your personal genius. Cultivate them with care at every opportunity. Enjoy using them; they are your means to create your business just as you want it — not as tradition or common opinion dictate.
You must develop the courage to put the foregoing into action. One of the biggest fears to overcome is the fear of failure. Put failure into perspective. So-called failure is just a refinement process; use it repeatedly if necessary to change and evolve your business direction and ideas.
Recognize that if you have put the previous five ideas into action, your business is an extension of yourself. You grow as a person as your business grows. Instead of a route to an untimely demise, your business will become your route to self-actualization.
Let’s celebrate our youth. Get in touch with that youthful spark of creative genius within you, and let it shine as vision and innovation, in business and in life.
To quote Emerson once more…
“The true romance which the world exists to realize will be the transformation of genius into practical power.”
Over to you now…?