How much do I want to read more? 5/10
I read the two first chapter of the book, to clarify my ideas, to strengthen my visions and reasons in making a business.
But it wasn't the book for me.
I read common talk about it, but I didn't get any real insight.
For example, the author is describing the importance of a vision, and the power it has, which is good, but there's no insight or exercise about how to make our own vision:
"consider the wind—invisible yet powerful enough to level buildings. Even as it provides lift for planes weighing thousands of pounds, wind has no color, no texture, no visible shape, and no sentient intentionality. As a force of nature, wind is easier to document by its external effects than by its inherent attributes.
Likewise for a person rising from where they are to where they want to be: their ascendancy on the outside must begin with the transcendence of a personal vision for what they can be on the inside."
INTRODUCTION - Cleared for Takeoff!
[quote, Orville Wright]
If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance.
Flying for the first time is a lot like creating your own business, launching a start-up, or establishing a nonprofit organization. Undertaking such ventures requires overcoming the inherent fear of leaving the safety of solid ground behind, defying gravity, and embarking on a journey of unexpected variables within predictable patterns toward a deliberate destination. In other words, both require a little bit of crazy and a whole lot of courage!
But in essence the Wright brothers’ endeavor is the goal of every entrepreneur. What do you need to build in order to get up there into the sky of economic viability? How can you take what you have and escape the gravitational pull of a salary that limits your ability to escape from living paycheck to paycheck?
Standing out there as a boy I knew that someday, some way, my personal vision of what I could do would become a reality. I would build something that would transport me beyond where I stood into the place where I, too, could mount up on eagle’s wings with the help of the Lord.
Get Your Vision Off the Ground
Flight is possible even for those who are emotionally, financially, and creatively fatigued. You can take your vision, build it into something remarkable, and reach heights you could have never imagined.
consider the wind—invisible yet powerful enough to level buildings. Even as it provides lift for planes weighing thousands of pounds, wind has no color, no texture, no visible shape, and no sentient intentionality. As a force of nature, wind is easier to document by its external effects than by its inherent attributes.
Likewise for a person rising from where they are to where they want to be: their ascendancy on the outside must begin with the transcendence of a personal vision for what they can be on the inside.
A Bird’s-Eye View
1. CATCH A VISION OF YOUR DESTINATION
We’ll discuss how to connect to your passion and how to identify your motives for wanting to soar as a new business owner
Next, I will guide you in identifying a problem that intersects with your passion, because no matter how gifted and enthusiastic you may be, if there is no market for what you want to offer you’re doomed to spin your wheels on an endless runway of frustrating futility.
Digging deeper into your desire to be an entrepreneur, we will examine the commitment required if your vision is to take flight.
2. BUILD YOUR WINGS
As with building a plane, most entrepreneurs start with pieces, parts, and potentials. Your proficiency at fusing these fragments creates the uniqueness of your brand and hastens your goal of operating at higher altitudes than your past experiences have propelled you. While imitating those who have gone before you is crucial to your success, knowing how and when to innovate and blaze your own trail is just as vital.
3. CLEAR THE CLOUDS
Your ability to anticipate that turbulence rather than be rattled by it is an important part of flight. Experience reveals that what may seem gut-wrenching at first is merely a sign that you’re at a higher level.
Kiss the Clouds
Are you ready? Are you willing to leave the safety of where you stand now in order to soar in the limitless skies above?
PART I - EXPAND YOUR VISION
[quote, Proverbs 13:12]
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
1. Ignite Your Flight—Putting Vision in Motion
Flight without feathers is not easy.
Although his business was growing and he was providing for his family, my father was never able to break through to a higher level because of his mind-set.
Fight for Your Flight
If you want to shift from expending energy trying to get off the ground to actually flying as an entrepreneur, then you must identify your motivations.
Financial motivation must be tempered by a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and the sheer passion for whatever field, industry, cause, or product you hope to bring to the rest of the world. You must also have a passion for adventure, for discovery, for new people and places if you want your vision to keep a balanced perspective and to reach new heights.
Broken Wings and Busted Dreams
And regardless of background or ethnicity, I see all of us busier than we’ve ever been. The pace of life is fast and ferocious. Some of us are so busy trying to survive that we don’t get a chance to rethink our goals and recalibrate our practices so as to be more fruitful and effective.
You can make different choices than the ones that have gotten you where you are now. You can take action and cultivate new habits that will transform your dreams into a business unlike any other, one that uniquely reflects the variety of facets in your extraordinary personality.
Are you using all the resources God has placed in your life and dropped in your lap? I suspect most of us do not. Building your vision ever higher is about assessing the time, talents, and treasures we’ve been given in this lifetime and taking ownership of the choices, the relationships, and the opportunities we have been given.
I want to challenge you to see tables in trees, boxes in bushes, and provision in problems!
2. Winds and Trends—Know Your Conditions
[quote, Wilbur Wright]
No bird soars in a calm.