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May 4, 2016 By Kristen Joy 8 Comments
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bonni goldberg says
May 5, 2016 at 2:56 am
Great point, Kristen. I can relate to the want. Reading your post, I realize that some sort of perfectionist tendency keeps me from trying out my ideas– I get paralyzed by the need to “do it right,” the fear that I’ll put out an imperfect product/book and “waste money” in the process. Maybe another key difference between an “ent” and a “want” is that that ents are willing to try and fail/learn as part of the process of succeeding, while us wants keep holding back until we can get it “right” and then never put out a thing?
Kristen Joy says
May 5, 2016 at 3:50 pm
Thanks for your comment! Perfectionism (a cover-up for plain old fear) is definitely partly to blame for wantrepreneurs who don’t take action. Many times they may even feel that someone else can’t do it better than them, or if they trust someone else they’ll end up getting hurt. And yes, there’s a risk in taking any sort of action at all, even crossing the street to check the mail. Risk is something entrepreneurs have to get used to if they want to see results. 🙂
May 4, 2016 at 8:05 pm
I don’t watch TV either so have only seen The Shark Tank once or twice but I understand the concept, the panel give good information. This little gem makes so much sense to me. I am an ideas person but I have learned to follow my want and change it to DO. However, I am not very comfortable with self promotion and that is where I fall down. Even with my successful Kickstarter campaign I felt guilt, this is my next learning curve, to get over my … what ever it is called.
David Ford says
May 4, 2016 at 6:14 pm
Hi Kristen – interesting post! I’m not fond of Shark Tank (or Dragon’s Den – as we call it in the UK). I can’t help thinking the producer chose those kind of people deliberately – and I feel very sorry for them. As you say we’re all a little bit that way and for some of us it’s hard to do the business thing with our baby.
May 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm
Nice idea, to shake out the different strands of the creative process and show what each type needs in order to reap the full harvest. Maybe that’s what we do subconsciously when we seek out our spouses and partners – recognise the complement we so crave so that together we can meld into a complete heart? Where am I with my ideas? I am more of the ideas person, struggling to bring projects to fruition, gradually learning to outsource.
Virginia Reeves says
May 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm
It always surprises me on Shark Tank when the folks come in non-prepared for the money questions. It’s like – do you not watch the show? They just want the money with no accountability apparently. Some of us are better at ideas than at business and as you note – that’s great. Find someone to fill in where you need to be strengthened. I’m publishing now but choosing not to push it as a business. It’s not always about that – for me it’s validating who I wanted to be.
Sharon Wren says
May 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm
This is where I am right now. I have the ideas and motivation, I just need guidance!
May 4, 2016 at 2:25 pm
Thanks for the comment. Are you working with a coach right now? I’ve found working one-on-one with a coach is the best way to get guidance… and that’s what I credit for all my growth over the last several years. I’ve always (and continue to) had at least one coach. 🙂
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