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4 Tips to Make Your Brilliant Ideas Come to Life | Business Tips for Insurance Agents

Published on March 16, 2017

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Growing up, I was known for declaring “I have a brilliant idea!” which could mean anything from the semi-adventurous “Let’s get inner-tubes and float down the river,” to the mundane “Let’s go get ice cream.” It was always a pitch to friends on why they should join me in what was sure to be an extravagant adventure (in theory, at least). The thing is, rarely were my “brilliant” ideas actually brilliant. Good ideas? Sure. But usually not brilliant as I would liberally label them.

The other thing is, making ideas into more than a fleeting moment of brilliance or goodness is a hard part. It requires discipline and motivation to have an idea and then make it into something ongoing and sustainable. If you want to be successful in your entrepreneurial business endeavors, though — as all of us who do our own business do — it’s important to have those necessary ingredients to success beyond just your brilliant ideas. Here are some tips from businesstips.com to help you get there:

  1. Stop fixating on your genius. This may sound harsh, and it’s intended to be a little harsh. You are brilliant and just came up with the next big thing. That’s amazing. It would be even more amazing if you’d move on now. The next big thing will never become so if you can’t move past the dream of it, or worse – let someone else get it done before you. You need to get serious about it, sit down, and develop a solid plan. So many fantastic ideas never make it, because the minds that came up with them can’t let go of the dream of what they could be, and never get to the details of making them be. For all of you already established business owners, what can you do to grow from here on out?
  2. Mentally prepare to hear the word “no.” Imagine yourself pitching your grand idea to investors. You completely nail your presentation. When you’re done, you can’t help but smile because there’s no way they can’t see the potential that you see. Now imagine that when their mouths open they say, “Sorry, but no.” Imagine yourself thanking them for their time and asking them to please tell you why. There are other investors, but the ones before you (hypothetically, of course) have some extremely valuable insight on what you did that simply didn’t work and what adjustments need to be made. When you’re trying to launch your own business, you’ll hear “no” quite often. You need to train yourself to be able to hear that, know it’s going to be OK, and remain focused enough to learn from it and keep going.
  3. Don’t put down your instrument. When a new musician is learning how to play an instrument, they need to practice all the time. If they learn a new scale and then leave the violin in the case for the next week, it will feel like they have to learn the notes all over again when they finally take it out again in all its out-of-tune glory. Your mind is your instrument. If you stop taking steps to inspire and motivate yourself to keep moving forward, you will stop being inspired and motivated. Getting back in tune can be difficult. Give yourself an occasional mental health day, but don’t put your plans down for too long.
  4. Don’t forget why you started. Do you want to make a difference in the world? Do you want to be able to see your family more often? Are you tired of struggling financially? Whatever reason you started for, let it be the reason you finish. There’s not much better motivation than that.

Maybe you’re just getting started, or maybe you’ve been running your own business for years. Whatever the case, keeping a strong, entrepreneurial mindset is vital at any stage. Your mindset is your engine. Make sure it’s running properly before you hit the highway.

 


Abram Interstate Insurance Services, Inc. is a California wholesale insurance broker (CMGA) that has licensing and expertise to place business in both admitted and non-admitted markets for personal lines insurance and commercial lines insurance in California and surrounding areas.

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