Drawing Inspiration

For the longest time, I’ve been looking for validation. I remember growing up and looking for validation from my parents, brother and friends. I didn’t care too much about the opinions of my teachers but I did about the ones who stepped out of their “teacher” role and decided to ‘do more’.

It’s tough to do more. The best coaching advice I’ve received is to try to do 1% more each day. That’s all – 1%. Who can’t do 1% more than the last time they did it? I’ve been obsessed with trying to do more, continuously improving and refining the process, and finding ways to replicate myself (or pass on the innate knowledge that I’ve acquired).

Now I have the chance to provide validation to a few other people that up until a month ago, I didn’t know existed. I only hope that I can get them from a ‘thinking’ mindset (planning, scheming, etc) to a ‘doing’ mindset (taking the first step, talking to people, getting shit done, etc). It’s not easy and I only hope that there is enough time for them to pull off two successful ventures and help out the local community. (Why two? Because one is not enough).

To the little meat sacks at Georgian College in the entrepreneurship program, I hope that you will be able to make the shift and achieve something amazing. I’ve got your back and I’m here for you if you have any questions.

Today is day number 919. T-minus 18 days to launch. Happy times and here’s to great fashion!

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1000 Mile Dog Sled Race

One thousand miles.  With a bunch of dogs.  Yep, that’s Yukon Quest!  Today is Day 924.  I’ll admit that I want a beard like Jerry as well.

Torsten Kohnert comes to town
Torsten Kohnert comes to town
Torsten Kohnert - Dawson City welcomes you!
Torsten Kohnert – Dawson City welcomes you!
Hello Torsten Kohnert!
Hello Torsten Kohnert!
Torsten Kohnert
Torsten Kohnert
Little orange vests!
Little orange vests!
Wee booties!
Wee booties!
Holy Crap - 1000 Miles!
Holy Crap – 1000 Miles!
Hello Mandy Nauman!
Hello Mandy Nauman!
Mandy's puppies
Mandy’s puppies
Mandy Nauman
Mandy Nauman
Brian Wilmshurst!
Brian Wilmshurst!
Brian's puppies!
Brian’s puppies!
Brian Wilmshurst close up
Brian Wilmshurst close up
Jerry Joinson
Jerry Joinson
Jerry's puppies!
Jerry’s puppies!
I want mitt's like Jerry's!
I want mitt’s like Jerry’s!

Just Not Getting It

“There are those who get it and those who don’t.” I can agree with that statement 60% of the time. In my almost 5 years at Gobi Capital, I’ve met all sorts of people and listened to many different pitches from startups to real estate to service companies. I think a new mantra is needed in this day of age that reflects the true challenges that face entrepreneurs.

“There are those who do and those who do everything else but do.”

Much better although it could probably be refined much further.

I had an interesting conversation at the CoFounder Lab’s Matchup in Toronto this week. The convo revolved around the best way to get started. In his case, the easiest way to get started was to approach a large potential supplier and get them on board first.

“Don’t I need a prototype? A web site? Sales material?” He had asked.

“No. You know your material and you know who the contact is at the company. Call the gentleman and do it soon.” I had responded.

“But what will I say to him? What’s the pitch?”

” ‘Hi Mr Big Shot, my name is Mike Blah and I’d like to give you money.’ Pause and let him respond – answer his question then ask for the best time to meet.” I had retorted.

The conversation continued on from there but the end result is this:

What separates an entrepreneur from a wantrapreneur is doing. Making the call, sending the email, telling people about your company, signing people up – it’s all the doing that makes a difference. And the best part is, that’s the starting line, the first step. What will determine the success of that young man’s startup is not the idea, but the doing of action items to build his business.

Speaking of doing – I’m finally launching a new venture. It’s about time and next week is when I stop planning and start doing. I may cheat a little and start doing today.

I have no idea what day I’m on but I know it’s in the 900-920 area. Le sigh.