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Just do it™

The thoughts of Richard Osborne on many subjects over the years.

Just do it™

Par3 Close to HoleThis weekend I was playing golf with another member of my home club, when we got talking about what each of us did for a living – as you do when you are walking around a golf course for almost 5 hours! He worked for a large international vehicle company and had 4 layers of management above him, I obviously work for myself and have no management above me. He then said something which I could ramble on for hours about, “I’ve often thought about working for myself but haven’t had that ground breaking idea” (or words to that effect). In all fairness he later did say that he that maybe he doesn’t need a big idea, but just an idea.

Richard BransonThis is one thing that many people think is a prerequisite to running your own business, that you have to have that million pound idea that is going to revolutionise the world, will make you a millionaire. Well they are wrong, and the best example of this is Richard Branson. He has not had any brilliant new ideas or creative business concepts. All he has done taken something that is a well established business sector, and done it better than everyone else.  There is nothing to stop you doing the same, you don’t need to invent some new magic online (or offline) business. You don’t need to revolutionise the world. All you have to do is choose something to do, and then do it better than everyone else. There are hundreds of thousands of businesses out there doing business badly, all you have to be is better than bad. How hard can it be?

So if you want to work for yourself, if you want to be an Entrepreneur, don’t make up excuses – Just Do It!

Comments (2)

  1. Jul 3, 2007

    Absolutely, ideas are cheap (point him to my blog if he wants some for free) it’s the quality of the execution of the idea that matters.

    Bill Gate and Microsoft are another example of success by taking other peoples ideas and executing them well too…

    It’s crucial to be passionate about what you do too.

  2. ken_uk
    Aug 28, 2007

    In the case of microsoft, it paid to be unethical, and ruthless…