So yesterday I had the amazing opportunity to hear Deborah Meaden from Dragon’s Den talking about entrepreneurship…. meeting her in real life didn’t disappoint.
She was one of the most honest, down-to-earth and inspiring entrepreneurs I’ve ever listened to. And much softer than her TV personna
Reflections on meeting a Dragon yesterday….
Key takeaways on entrepreneurship which I captured….
Everything you do in your career is a marker in your life (Deborah was once a bingo caller) and still uses the learning from this chapter in her life.
The power of properly paying attention to your customer and really figuring out what matters to your customer.
Spend your energy on things that take you forward – don’t drain yourself on the little things.
Prove yourself to yourself rather than anyone else.
Build great rapport with your customers and then you don’t have to get everything right, your customer is more forgiving if they like you.
An organisation behaves how the owner behaves – how does your personality, language and trust contribute to how you are perceived as a business owner?
Spend your time scanning the horizon so you can spot opportunities. The ability to be flexible to adapt your plan is critical.
Stop over-rehearsing. If you love and are passionate about what you do, you understand your business and marketplace, you believe in your products or service and why it is needed by others, people will invest in you and what you are offering. Authenticity is critical.
Start walking barefoot on the ground for grounding purposes and connecting with the earth’s energy.
Do any of these resonate with you?