Many of us have heard that inner voice compelling us to start a business. That seed of inspiration that commands action.
But how do you actually do it? What might you expect if you do?
AdventureHoney CEO and Co-Founder, Chris Ball talks about how he went from commercial real estate broker to adventure travel entrepreneur in the December edition of MindFood!
In the article, Chris shared the feeling that what he was doing before starting his own business was not entirely fulfilling. “I enjoyed my job, but whether or not I’m selling commercial real estate makes no grand difference to the world.”
Eventually, this inner voice grew too strong for Chris to ignore. As various ideas percolated in his mind, inaction became risker than action.
“What I’m doing now with AdventureHoney is having a positive impact on the world. Connecting people with experiences they’ll be sharing with their grandchildren and helping small businesses in developing countries grow,” said Chris.
Naturally, there’s some fundamentals that must be considered before leaving your job.
Answers should be sought for questions such as:
– What problem am I solving?
– How big is the opportunity? (market research)
– Will people pay for it? (validate the idea)
Chris also mentioned the need for an appetite for risk and healthy acceptance of failure being a part of the process.
“Starting a business requires an important shift in attitude. We’re taught from childhood that failure is bad. We celebrate success, which is great, but we shy away from failure, which is wrong. Failure is how we learn and how we grow. If we’re not failing, we’re not taking any risks. If we’re not taking any risks, we’re not going to go very far in life.”
Check out AdventureHoney.com, especially if you’re looking for cool things to do in Asia such as ziplining in Phuket, exploring the underground river near Puerto Princesa or fishing with dolphins in Burma.
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