In entrepreneurship, there is a time for everything —a time to dream/ideate and a time to execute. Both stages are essential to an entrepreneur’s journey. However, despite the need to dream, an entrepreneur can never really succeed until he is able to effectively execute his ideas. Billionaire businessman and successful entrepreneur, Tony Elumelu, knows this all too well. This is why he took to his Facebook page, yesterday, to remind his followers on the need to start executing.
“Execution is key! What distinguishes you as an entrepreneur is your ability to execute your ideas and turn them into a reality. Everyone dreams. It is the easiest thing to do. What is important is not the ability to dream but the ability to translate that dream into reality,” Elumelu wrote.
So, how Can Entrepreneurs Become Doers not just Dreamers?
In a 2018 LinkedIn article, brands expert and business couch, Sacha Brant, opined that in order for entrepreneurs to shift from being dreamers to doers, they must do the following:
- Change their surroundings in order to rejuvenate and be motivated enough to take action
- Change their mindset from that of mere wishful thinking to that of action.
- Change your friends, especially those whose drive in life no longer align with your aspirations.
- Keep pushing through by taking more action even when you do not feel like it.
“The more you are acting the easier it becomes to take more action. The more you do it, the less your brain will resist. I’m not saying it’s easy, and you may want to quit, but it’s worth it. Every day, I wake up looking forward to the day’s challenges. That’s what entrepreneurship does to you. Starting a business and taking that step could cause a ripple effect of life-changing proportions.” —Sacha Brant.
Famous entrepreneur and author, John Rampton, also has some tips on how to transition from being a mere dreamer to a doer. Writing for Entreneur.com, he enumerated the following suggestions:
- Write down your goals and give them a deadline
- Surround yourself with doers
- Stop doing what doesn’t work
- Have at the back of your mind that everything may take longer and cost more.
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