I saw an ad today on Facebook that was not very relevant to my life. In the ad, I noticed a great quote for starting off the week inspired…
The quote said: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses’ ” – Henry Ford.
This really made me think about the businesses I have started, and how I have always led with my own vision. Sometimes this meant going against what my friends, competitors, or the respective market thought I should have done. However, this has always served me well.
As I got to thinking more, I realized that this was a thought process that Steve Jobs also had. Both Steve Jobs, and Henry Ford believed in their vision, and gave it to the world. They didn’t stop when somebody called them crazy, or said something along the lines of, “People don’t want that”. They believed in themselves, and their vision.
It was great to find a trait I have in common with some amazing businessmen in history. However, my thoughts didn’t stop there either. I started to think about how in the world there are “Consumers”, and there are “Producers”. To break it down, basically, the producers typically have ideas, and or vision. While man of them the take note of what their market says they want, they give the market their vision, instead of the “norm” of what society thinks they want. This is literally part of being an “Entrepreneur”.
Think of all the things we would NOT have if producers in history had listened only to what consumers wanted. We would not have cars, lightbulbs, computer, electronics, steam engines, rail roads, and a whole lot more!
My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs (regardless of company, network, service product, etc) is to find your vision. Not only find what your visions is, but keep yourself motivated, and execute relentlessly until you’ve produced your vision for the world to consume!
Being an entrepreneur, business owner, and producer is not always easy. In fact, most of the time it has a lot of downs with some smaller ups. We do it because we have that fire within us. We have that vision we want to share with the world. So get out there and share it!