I want to help motivate entrepreneurs of all ages. Whether you are 12 years old or 60 years old, I want to help you either get motivated or stay motivated.
Do you want a sure-fire way of coming up with unique ideas? Lock yourself in a bathroom for 48 hours. There’s something about being on your lonesome, being free of distraction that allows you to dig deep into your own mind and your own ideas.
If you’re going to lock yourself in a bathroom for 48 hours, you’re going to need some essentials. Bring food, bread, peanut butter, apples etc. Bring a blanket and a pillow. Bring a pen and some paper. And of course, bring a laptop to help your research, but do not go on social media unless it’s to aid your research.
I got this idea from someone 20 years ago. I took a 1 year free internship with a Fine Arts Photographer in Toronto and one day, the owner, Daniel told me he locked himself in the bathroom for the entire weekend to recapture his motivation for photography and his business. It’s important to note that he had a wife and also a dog. In order to be the best, you have to make sacrifices.
Let’s say your goal is to come up with a name for your business. There’s no doubt that you should be able to come up with a name within 48 hours. I’m sure you would be able to fill a notebook with names. You would also be able to come up with processes and procedures for your business. You would also be able to come up with how to advertise and where.
It’s important to know if your business idea is already being used by someone. If it’s being used, you have to figure out if anyone using your idea has been successful or not, and figure out what you can do differently or better that will allow you to be more successful. Check how much they sell their products and services for. Find out how they are advertising. How many employees they have. Anything you can dig up on your competitors is useful knowledge.
A problem many entrepreneurs face is when they come up with an idea, the first thing they do is go and tell a friend or a family member in hopes they will love their idea. The truth is, most people will tell you your idea stinks, or it’s already been done or that you should focus on what you already have like your current job, or that you should go to College. They’ll throw out lines like, “the grass isn’t always greener” or something demotivating.
About 7 years ago, I told my Father and his wife that I wanted to open A Nerd’s World’s first physical location. I was pretty much laughed at. The thing is, I didn’t go there for permission. We now have 3 successful locations, and the future is looking as bright as ever.
If you have any questions at all, I am here to help.
All the best!
Chris A. Hughes