Happy New Year. What are your New Year resolutions for you and your business?
Today is New Year’s Eve - people tend to love or hate it. Either way, it is a natural time to reflect; review; adjust; and plan.
From my vantage point at Wayra I am lucky to work with the amazingly talented entrepreneurs in the Wayra Academies. What sets them apart is their tendency to impressively ‘get-on-with-it” rather than just being good at talking about it.
If you possess a passion for business, it does not matter what stage you are at - if you want the next year to be a spectacular one for your venture, the most important thing is to stop talking about it and start doing.
Which is why my friend’s book is so important (and why it’s a best seller): Stop Talking Start Doing by the wonderful Shaa Wasmund and Richard Newton.
Shaa and I share a passion for entrepreneurial success. We share a purpose to be helpful, especially for those trying to start and/or grow a business.
I think Shaa’s latest book is particularly helpful. I think it is incredibly easy for people to spectate the endeavours of entrepreneurs and offer advice. But I think it is incredibly difficult if you are an entrepreneur and you find yourself stuck. Books like this can be especially good at identifying the common obstacles that annoyingly get in the way of entrepreneurial success. They can also be a helpful source of inspiration for the elimination of such obstacles.
But being stuck is a bit like any vice, first you have to recognise and acknowledge that there’s a problem - then you can do something about it.
If you are in the fortunate position of not having such a barrier to overcome, then what exactly are you waiting for? Tomorrow is the start of a whole New Year. Go on, get on with it.
And if you really want to accelerate your digital start-up, Wayra will potentially give you an investment of €40,000, free office accommodation, coaching and mentoring. Wayra’s call for applications is currently open in Barcelona, Bogotá, Bratislava, Buenos Aires, Dublín, London, Madrid, Munich, Prague, São Paulo, Santiago de Chile. But hurry, the closing date for applications is 21 January 2013.
The progressiveness of the Wayra entrepreneurs is probably very much encouraged by their circumstance. Wayra gives more time than most equivalent accelerators. The start-ups take residence in the beautiful Wayra Academies for at least six months (sometimes up to twelve months). However, everyone in our Academies, including the Wayra staff, are all acutely aware that the entrepreneurs stay with us is so short-lived, we all want to get the most out of the opportunity which in-turn drives a real intensity to everyones endeavour.
If you’re thinking of starting-up your own new business, I’d also recommend you checkout the Start-up Britain website.
As per usual, I took the photo - it’s my kid’s Monopoly board. My youngest runs an especially tidy bank.