Entrepreneurial Journal #13 – Week 13 – A Final Lecture

So, you want to be an entrepreneur? That is a worthy goal! It is something that I commend you for and congratulate you for wanting to do. There are many people out there who are not up for the challenge. It is a challenge in a lot of respects. You wear a variety of hats and need to encompass a variety of different business skills to create, operate, and fund a business. It is a challenge, but a very rewarding one to say the least that can bring forth much good to both the world and to the lives of those you meet. In this blog post, I want to share with you my final piece on entrepreneurship. I want to take the lessons that I have learned this semester and share my advice for wanting to become an entrepreneur. I will try to speak as simply as I can in this aspect and summarize what could take an entire book to accomplish. Without further ado, here is what I would say.

Prior to taking this Small Business Creation class, I took a beginning entrepreneurship class in a previous semester that introduced this topic of entrepreneurship. With everything that was taught in that class, the biggest takeaway that I had received was the importance of being a good person to entrepreneurship. Before anything else, it begins with who you are as a person. What you value? What are your characteristics? What are your reasons for getting into entrepreneurship? Before anything else, I would strongly advise to answer everyone of these questions. Look to Christ as the standard for who you want to be like and try to match yourself with Him. Pattern your life after His and act in accordance as He would live. Christ is the perfect example for everything in life; including entrepreneurship. Look to Him and follow Him and doing that, alone, will help you greatly in your life and in your entrepreneurial pursuits.

Once you take a brief examination of yourself, the next thing I would advise is for you to determine what you would want to do with entrepreneurship. Look at you dreams and your hobbies and find something that you could turn into a profitable venture. In examining each of these things, find some type of problem that you can fix through your business. Pray for guidance and inspiration that you may be shown these things and have the knowledge as what you could do in creating this idea. Once you come up with your idea, think of a plan to carry this out. Look at its content and how you will distribute this service. Look at its costs and how you will fund this venture. Look at ways you will market and advertise this product. You’ve come up with the idea; now fill in the missing pieces through each of these steps.

Once you’ve determined a business opportunity and have created a plan of action in carrying it out, now comes the fun of bringing it to life. Utilize the habits and skills that you’ve developed and the characteristics that are you and go out there, work hard, and look to make your mark. In business and in a many other things, there are lots of different strategies that one can take to aid them in their performance, but there are many things in life that you just have to do it and this next step is just that. Just do it! Carry out the plan! Put yourself out there! Don’t care what others think or say and just get it done!

Hopefully in your business ventures you will find success. Hopefully you can utilize everything that I had mentioned and make it your own. A few parting words of advice that I would like to leave you with is the need to continually learn. Entrepreneurship and business are continually evolving and its important to continually learn and better yourself. “Sharpen the saw” as Stephen Covey puts it and, in all things, learn everything that you can. Learn from books, learn from your peers, learn from your mentors, and, especially, learn from your mistakes. See what mistakes come and don’t make them again! Making mistakes can cost you big in the long run, so learn from them. Also, be content with failure. Not every venture will be successful, so learn from your failures and look to them as a stepping stone for success. In addition, be willing to take risks. Risks are what separate an entrepreneur from an individual person. Be willing to take risks and gamble the farm in some ways. In all things, look to the Lord for guidance and He will bless you with it. Look to serve those with your idea and better the world around you and everything else will fall into proper place.

These are my final words of encouragement and what I had learned both in this class and in my own personal experience. I hope that those who read this can look to it for what its worth and apply it into their lives and in their own business ventures. I am grateful for all that the Lord has blessed me with and for this opportunity to be in such a phenomenal class this semester! I am grateful for our instructor Bro. Broderick; for his example and his experiences in this field and I hope that I, too, can continue to live these teachings and make them my own. I am grateful for this incredible semester and for the blessing of being an entrepreneur!

Entrepreneurial Journal – Week 7 – Leadership

This was a great week! A busy week, but great nonetheless! I loved this week’s lesson and the topic that we discussed. It was truly edifying and one that helped me to take a look at myself and what I can do to improve in this area. This week’s topic is leadership. When speaking on leadership, a mentor once taught me that in every undertaking or organization in the world, there is only one true problem that is constant and that is leadership. Whether it be for Church, for your business, for your family, or for something as simple as group work in class, the one constant that will always be there is leadership. If you want a great ward, you call a great Bishopric. If you want a great Relief Society, you call a great Relief Society Presidency. If you want a successful, Celestial family, you be a great father or mother and leader to your children. And lastly, if you want a great business, you find a great leader. This week, we spoke on this topic, a few components which made up this important attribute, and we participated in a survey which described what type of leader we really are. One of the articles that we studied was a talk given by President Kimball entitled “Jesus: the Perfect Leader.” In this talk, President Kimball spoke on Christ being a leader and the attributes that He exhibited throughout His ministry as He led His flock and His Church. Something that surprised me with this talk was the fact that we’re speaking of Christ as a leader and not in the same light as we typically do in the Church. Not as a babe or as a man or as the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer, but rather as a leader and the greatest leader that we’ve ever had walk the face of this Earth! It was incredible to learn from President Kimball what made up this incredible leader and what we can do to follow in His example. Reading this talk reminded me of a project I once did where I was asked to describe Jesus Christ by His attributes. It was an idea that came to me from Hyrum W Smith that I did and I cam up with over 100 attributes which exemplified our Savior. Incredible, but very daunting to say the least! This talk shared many of the attributes that I had written down. Christ truly is the embodiment of a perfect Being and if we were to just follow Him, our lives would be impacted in such a profound way unimaginable to us now. It makes me grateful to know that Christ has done so much more than we can possibly imagine. He came to show us the way and went further than what we already know. Everything else that we’ve studied is not even worth mentioning when we could sum it all up in only two words: Follow Him. I’m grateful for my Savior and especially for the leadership He exhibited throughout His life as the head of His Church and as our Savior.

This week, we read another article on the topic of emotional intelligence. We read about what it is, what attributes make up this term, and how we can develop this ever important characteristic in our lives and in our businesses. We also read another article on the topic of Leaders to Managers by Hugh Nibley. We completed a leadership survey that showed which leadership style resonated with us most out of the Authoritarian, Participative, and Delegative styles (I’m Participative). And we lastly completed our Action Hero assignment this week on Ken Zolot and gave an update on how our Interviews are going. All in all, a great week. A packed week full of great assignments! Also this week for our $100 Challenge, I finally received the packaging that I’ve been waiting for for a couple of weeks now and look to begin my sales this week! Hopefully I’ll be able to meet the Challenge goal. I’ll give a more detailed update with how that goes next week. Great week! Grateful for all that I’ve learned!