There is nothing more excruciating, frustrating and time-consuming than trying to come up with the perfect business idea that will finally allow you to quit your job.
Endless nights of lying awake, trying to figure it out, coming up with ideas and then reasons why those ideas won’t work.
Hours trawling the internet, reading books, maybe even doing the occasional weekend course hoping that it will spark an epiphany.
And yet the years pass by and you’re still in that job, still dreaming of what it would be like to be your own boss and do something you love.
You’d quit tomorrow if you could just figure out what to do instead.
Well if this is you, then you’re not alone.
Most people get stuck in this vicious cycle, going round and round in circles, often for years, feeling more and more like it’s never going to happen.
And the harsh truth of the matter is that, if you keep doing what you’re doing, it probably won’t ever happen.
I have been helping people come up with business ideas now for over 6 years. I have lead well over 1000 people through online courses designed to help them once and for all get clarity around what they want to do and get into action.
And what I know is that it doesn’t matter how smart you are, how creative you are or how successful you are in your day job, you will not figure out your business idea by thinking and brainstorming alone.
It doesn’t work.
You need to take action, you need to try things out and you need to get help when you’re stuck.
This is the one people struggle with the most: asking for help.
Most of us seem to have an inbuilt resistance to asking for help, as if it is admitting weakness.
But getting the help we need is the secret to creating a successful business. When you talk to people who run successful businesses, you discover they get help on almost everything. And we need to have that willingness to get the help that we need right from the start.
And the person I have turned to most for business help in the past 10 years, whether it’s coming up with a new one or growing one I’ve already got, is Marianne Cantwell of Free Range Humans.
She is laser-sharp on seeing what is missing, brings fresh options to the table which I’ve never thought of and always manages to help me not only find a path forward, but a path that feels really right for me.
She did it for me again just the other day and yet again it blew me away at how quickly she was able to show me what was missing and what was needed. And the relief that comes with that is just priceless.
Likewise I’m one of the people she turns to when she’s stuck and needs my help in getting to the heart of the matter. She calls me the coach that other coaches turn to.
That’s why I love it when I get the chance to work with Marianne, teaming up to help others figure out what they want to do with their careers, whether they have dreams of running their own business (if only they could figure out what business), escaping a 9 to 5 office job (when that’s all they’ve ever known) or simply doing something they love and earning a living from it (if only they could figure out WHAT that thing might be).
Together we are a dynamo and we know it ; ) because we know, first hand, the power that the other one has in identifying what is missing and what is needed, the ability we each have to create great ideas where moments ago there seemed to be no options at all. And we relish watching one another work our magic on the participants in our courses.
That’s why I’m so excited to be joining Marianne in just a few weeks time as we run the Free Range Humans ‘Ideas Adventure’ course together.
Run just once a year, it’s a course designed specifically for people who know that they want to be doing something they love, but are stuck in that horrible hole of not being able to figure out WHAT – either because they have no idea what to do or have too many ideas and don’t know which one to go for.
It turns the nightmare of not knowing what to do into a fun and powerful adventure of finally figuring it out.
We have run it together over the past two years and every time it rocks my own expectations in terms of the results people get. And there is something so powerful about bringing people together who are in the same boat. There is nothing quite like it. The confidence and motivation that everyone gets from it is amazing.
We’ll be releasing full details of it soon so if you want to find out more then drop your name in the link below and you’ll be the first to find out:
SIGN UP HERE IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN THE IDEAS ADVENTURE
In the meantime, if you’re lying awake every night trying to figure out what the hell you’re going to do with your life and feeling like you’re not getting anywhere, then will you please give yourself permission to STOP.
Get into action, get help and try things out.
That is how you will come up with a business idea you love.