In his article, entrepreneur, angel investor and self-made millionaire, Gerard Adams recommends all entrepreneurs skydive more than once. While we don’t necessarily promote skydiving itself, Mr. Adams makes several excellent points:
1. Entrepreneurs must learn to face their fears. Mr. Adams advocates that entrepreneurs reframe their mind set such that rather than fearing the unknown, they fear “never knowing.” We couldn’t agree more. Your business idea could be the next great one and one that contributes positively to the development of the continent. If you don’t try it, you will never know.
2. Although, as a general matter, entrepreneurs typically jump without a parachute, they must still “put on a brave face, look over the edge and jump.” In other words, it is great to have an idea for a new business venture, but without action, it is just that, an idea. When you have that great idea, look over at what lies below, but then do jump.
3. In comparing skydiving to entrepreneurship, Adams observes that both activities require one to analyse whether one is living life to the fullest. He suggests entrepreneurs need make sure they are doing so. If you’re reading this, it is because you have a concept that you are thinking of or are working on. If you leave that behind, you have to ask yourself “am I living my life to the fullest?”
4. Mr. Adams emphasizes the importance of building a team that believes in your mission. You will need a group of trustworthy individuals to aid you in your new venture. Choose wisely, but do choose as acting alone is often the more difficult path.
5. People have been defying the odds long before you started your business. You can do the same through “willpower, faith and drive.” Don’t be afraid of your good idea. Even when it seems difficult or complicated. People have successfully completed difficult tasks before you.
6. As entrepreneurs, we must get comfortable with being uncomfortable in order to find success. This is very true. Once we remove ourselves from the model of having a steady income or accept that we might have to go into a room of people to ask them for money, we are freer to find success.
7. Mr. Adam’s final point is that entrepreneurs need to have fun by celebrating successes and wins. We believe that you should learn from mistakes, but that it is equally important to celebrate the successes.
To view his complete article “7 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Go Skydiving More Than Once,” go to https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/283138