Be present, practice attention, and the story you are working on will feed on everything in front of you
~ Richard Powers

Heyy! It’s the 56th issue and I’m excited about it. I hope you are too? The Productivity Mindset is a weekly newsletter where I share my thoughts and new ideas, I learn on personal productivity somewhere between due diligence, good thinking and note taking.

We are gifted people, You and I, <<First Name>>! Without running a trial version, we get to do this thing called life. You are a genius. Always remember this.

You must have had your Eureka! moments. That point in time when an idea struck and every other thing seemed not to matter… and voila! You’ve figured your way out of the race for financial freedom. You’ve written a will and bequeathed an impressionable inheritance for your children, children’s children and their generation.

It is worthy to note that the biggest single step you can take to becoming a better version of <<First Name>> is to listen to yourself more often. Every day or two. Don't go for three days without listening to yourself and working on your ideas. That in itself is enough motivation to carry on with life.

What do you do when you have a great idea and you are absolutely sure that it is a great idea? You run to the market with it? Experience says Not so fast.

That is the reason why many businesses crash before they have even had the chance to fly. You should subject your idea to the litmus test. First of all, write your idea down, in as simple terms as possible, then answer the following questions

  • Is your idea an answer to a need?
  • Is it unique?
  • Is it sustainable?
Safe to say businesses are for those who take risks. The question is: Are you willing to take the necessary risks?

You should be honest with yourself at this point, critique your idea thoroughly and if you are still determined after answering the above questions that your idea is one to run with, I’d suggest you go further and run your idea by someone you trust – a mentor, someone who has experience in the field you are venturing into, or a friend who will tell you the truth. If the second opinion from a trusted source says ‘go for it’, then indeed, go for it. If otherwise, get back to the drawing board. Make necessary iterations on their point of concerns and run it again.

And then again, not so fast…

Let’s take it a step further, your idea has passed the first stage but that is not all to it, this is when the work starts. First of all, you need to consider funding, and at this stage, many people give up on themselves because funding can be quite tricky.

Here’s my thought on funding:
  • On my part, my first option would not be taking out a loan. Taking a loan is a huge weight and early – stage businesses should not have to bear such a thing.
  • Why not consider partnering/collaborating with an investor? You will be surprised by the number of people that you could collaborate with.
  • Your savings could come in really handy but be very cautious and determined to put in the work because you do not want to sink in all your life savings into a business you do not even believe in enough to commit to.

When you have gone through the financial hurdle, it’s time to run with the idea. Do this with the mindset to win no matter what.

I firmly believe that a positive mindset can achieve its objectives. There is so much that can be accomplished by just believing. Remember you are taking a risk and it is not going to be easy but if you believe in yourself enough, the world will eventually dance to your tune.

Perhaps you are experiencing difficulties in believing in yourself because you're not (yet) good enough. I'm asking you to believe in the world, that it will always present you with a music to score.

Until then, keep scoring the music your world will dance to.

Weekly Thread of Wisdom 

In Closing 

I am committed to my growth and so I want to carry you along! I really want to share my growth process with you and I want to hear from you as well.

One of the reasons I started this community is the possible rich network of people I was going to be interacting with over the course of every weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy writing to you. I just believe it’s about time we reap worthy interactions.

Feel free to shoot me an email and discuss possible collaborations.

Until next Friday,
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