Taking the Entrepreneurial Leap

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Life is full of so many unexpected moments that happen in the blink of an instance and we  can  never  really  seem  to  think  back to the decisions  we  were  faced  with.  We constantly have to ask what has inspired us to live out the days we have already experienced and prepare for those yet to come.

Child-like Dreams

Try this simple exercise for a moment. Right where you are. STOP. Close your eyes (and really close them, please). Think back to your childhood days when you ran that lemonade stand on those hot summer days in your hometown or when you sold your parents on a dream that “when I grow up….” – just listen to that inner child making decisions and leaping into puddles of imagination. Where is that voice today?

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As I think back to when I was a child, I remember the boyish things I would get caught up in. I don’t recall a moment of hesitation or self- doubt – I just did it so I could know what it was like! Throughout life, we strive so much to “make it big” that we often lose focus of that core voice that got us to where we are today! It’s important that we continually connect with that core that inspires us to take  leaps  of gargantuan  faith  (and  tremendous  risk)  to  overcome  the  many obstacles that stand in the way of our vision. 

Risking it All

Leaping in business is about risking it all. That common adrenaline rush of the unknown experience and the sheer optimism  that  maybe  one  day  my  commitment  will  have  an  incredible return.  Some would call that profit (haha)! But what really makes the risk successful is execution. Proper execution that is! The leap comes with the insurmountable experience of failings like line sheet rejections,  orders getting cancelled, beta tests backfiring, investors backing away and the increasing  level of self-doubt.  Entrepreneurial  success is not solely dependent on the business’ survival, but on your personal decision to take that  FIRST LEAP.

A Legacy of Leaping

Too many people get caught in the disease of procrastination or “talking” versus taking the time to invest in their dreams. Investing in dreams is about taking the steps towards manifesting a business plan or talking to that friend about an idea. Going to work from 9-5 and then coming home to grind out free time to sacrifice for what you really want to do with your life. Everyone has a talent to share with the world! The world (or you) will never know what that is until you LEAP. Leaping is defined by taking a jump or spring a long way, to a great height, or with great force. Repeat that definition to yourself and you may find inspiration in the subliminal message. Leaping will take you places you never knew were possible!

With  my  own  experience  in  the  LEAPING  business,  I  have  experienced  both  the impressive results of dedicated entrepreneurs like my great-grandfather who owned one of  the  first  black-owned  supper  clubs  in  Minneapolis,  Minnesota  –  The  Cozy  Bar  & Lounge. This original leap of faith came with the resistance of the times, but was met with  massive  drive  to  establish  a  vision.  My  great-grandfather   was  a  curator  of entertainment and from his initial leap birthed the Riverview Supper Club on the banks of the Mississippi  in Minneapolis.  This later became  the launching  pad for some of the greatest musical talents (Prince & Flight Time, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Alexander O’Neal, etc.) as they torpedoed towards the entertainment mainstream.

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This personal connection to LEAPING has helped cultivate my appreciation  for the craft that is entrepreneurship.  Entrepreneurship  is a gift! A gift so beautiful and magnificent. It allows you to develop, nurture and influence others to believe in that dream.  That’s an incredible feeling that nothing else can provide. The more  I  have  experienced  LEAPING,  the  more  successful I have become in many ventures that I have pursued or work with.

Shift to Entrepreneur Mentality

The moment leaping became a tangible experience was when I totaled my car after a terrible drinking  accident.  Many people would read this and say “why does that bit of information matter?”  By including it, I am leaping for myself and others too  guarded to open up to express  how they  have become  successful.  That moment where I reflected on where I was and where I wanted to go was when leaping felt real. 

After I experienced the accident, I felt a supreme shift in my mentality and approach to life as an  entrepreneur.  Things  slowed  down  and  I  made  decisions  a  great  deal differently. I appreciated subtle things related to how I conducted business and managed relationships. For example, when we placed our first order for my Bow-Tie company, or when Ernie Johnson rocked a knot during NBA on TNT. Those are gratifying moments.  Through these experiences – I am sure you can relate – life began to push and  stretch  my gifts to   accommodate  the present circumstances.   This “sooo” uncomfortable  feeling created an incredible opportunity for me to LEAP on my faith of my abilities to do more.  So sharing  this perspective  is a great  piece of that journey!

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When  I  thought  about  the  readership  –  the  visionaries,  entrepreneurs,  dreamers, hustlers, grinders, 9-to-5ers and the generation of innovators yet to come – I wanted to add real-time, personal anecdotes to push you to your dreams. Nothing is possible until you LEAP. Do not wait for someone to approve your idea, sketch, technology, solution, cure or happiness – you can have and achieve whatever you want if you LEAP.

Keep working!
Peace.


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  • http://www.ebatotes.com Emmaly Knecht

    Leaping is the hardest part. I remember taking that leap, it was because the idea of my bags just made so much sense, how had these not been created. But i feel like i have been leaping for the last year and a half. Every challenge i face i have to leap over the hurdle or redirect, its hard but once you get past the hurdle you get to look back and feel success for leaping over it.

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