6 skills of people who change the world

Let’s start with reality.  Anyone can start a business, regardless of his or her age. But not everyone gets to do it successfully.   And by the way when I say successfully I mean successfully on your terms not anyone else’s.  After growing my own companies and mingling with many entrepreneurs, I’ve decided that most people who successfully change the world share these six uncommon characteristics:

  1. Vision.


    A vision is more than simply a set of goals or targets.  It includes a clear sense of purpose that I call the big why.  Steve Jobs taught us that people buy why you do what you do before they buy the service or product you make.  A start-up founder is often driven by the quest for deeper purpose beyond simply operating a business for profit. My purpose for my business is to help as many people as possible lead fulfilling and joyful lives.

    A vision also includes are clear set of values.  How values work in a business is they are the organising behavioural principles that articulate how we behave when we are at our best.  They are a list of qualities that describe the unique personality of the business and what is most important to it.  And most importantly once you are clear on your values decision making is much easier because they answer the questions should we or shouldn’t we?

  2. Passion.


    When you have passion for an idea or a business, this will drive you to turn your idea into a reality. Without that missing spark, you'll lack the necessary motivation to put in all the early mornings and late nights to bring your idea to life.

    I see too many people driven not by their passion but by some imaginary ideas of ‘should’ or ‘must’. The end result of this is a life without joy or fulfilment. The other aspect to this is it’s really hard to get people to give their best from a place of ‘must’ so building and keeping a team becomes extremely challenging.

  3. Stickability.


    Be like a postage stamp!  


    Entrepreneurs need to be able to deal with obstacles. A business does not get built overnight, and turning your idea into a reality will take time. You'll have to become accustomed to people saying no to you. What makes great entrepreneurs is having the perseverance to grow regardless of how many times you are shut down. I’m working with an entrepreneur at the moment who is attempting to do something with a mobile phone that has not been done before. He simply never gives up. Without perseverance, he would have given up long ago because in the beginning everybody told him it was impossible.

    It only takes one person to believe in you and get behind you so it’s important to find that person with the right set of values and skills.

  4. Resourcefulness.

    A vital capability for an entrepreneur is knowing how to make the most of what you have. Your assets as an entrepreneur may be limited, so use them to the fullest. I call being resourceful, having a creative orientation. That is being clear on what you are creating, then taking a step towards it. If that steps takes you closer to what you want then do more of it and take another step. If it doesn’t try something else. There is no right way to do anything. There is only the way that works for you aligned with your values and your big why.

    Tapping into a network is key. Getting help is even more important. Help does not always have to cost. Business Mentors is an affordable way to get some help. When looking for a mentor it’s important to find one who has great connections and can put you in touch with the right people to ensure your project’s success.

    You might like to read this article on my website about how to choose the right coach or mentor and download the free Definitive Guide to Choosing a Business Coach



  5. Agility.

    As an entrepreneur, you may think you've zeroed in on a business plan, but you'll need to remain agile. Change is not happening any slower, if anything it is speeding up. So remaining agile, adaptable and willing to change is key. Sometimes you will hear this as fail fast and try again.

    If your dream doesn’t bring you the joy and fulfilment you were looking for, you may need to change your focus. When my client Jade Wood started his “Rent My Room” business he originally wanted to help landlords keep their houses full. That is working just fine and he can travel and do the good work in the world he is called to do, but he wanted something more. He now teaches other people how to do something that gives them the chance to travel and run a business.

    So go make some decisions, try something different, be willing to make mistakes. The world needs new thinking, brave souls and people willing to put joy, love and fulfilment ahead of profit. The profit will follow, and then you’ll have both.

  6. Love Feedback.

    Being an entrepreneur involves making mistakes and learning. We all stuff up from time to time. What is important is how you respond; that you look for the learning in every situation. The question I ask when something does not go to plan is “How is this perfect?” It’s not always easy to find the answer, but looking for it leads me to unique insights into who I am being in the world.

    I believe the greatest possibility and opportunities lie in ‘not knowing’ the answer or ‘the way’ to do something. You need to be able to take in everything and anything you can, just like a sponge. The more you learn, the better. A saying I'm fond of is “One who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.”


Do you know how the caterpillar becomes a butterfly?  Inside the chrysalis an amazing transformation occurs.  Cells join together and become what scientists call imaginal cells.  They resonate at a different frequency. Then, after a while, another amazing thing happens! The clumps of imaginal cells start to cluster together!… a long string of clumping and clustering imaginal cells, all resonating at the same frequency, all passing information from one to another there inside the chrysalis.

. . . Then at some point, the entire long string of imaginal cells suddenly realizes all together that it is Something  Different from the caterpillar. Something New! Something Wonderful!… and in that realization is the shout of the birth of the butterfly!

Entrepreneurship is much more than a 9-to-5 job, it’s a way to create a better world for everyone. I am always thinking about how I can be a better coach and support my clients to be successful. If you have an idea you'd like to turn into a reality, go for it. 

You'll never know the outcome if you don't try. 

For a complimentary exploratory session of your idea email me bridget@creatingwhatmatters.co.nz


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