Op-Ed: Dear Startup, How Bad Do You Really Want Entrepreneurship?

Here is a quick and sure-fire way to assess if entrepreneurship is right for you.

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2. Take daily and consistent action.

Next review your vision daily. Set aside at least twenty minutes each day working towards your startup.

For starters, I recommend sitting down next weekend and devising a list of questions and steps you believe you need to take in order to get started.

Then work regularly – each day – to check-off your to-do list. Your startup to-do list will change. You may not have all of the answers at first — that is perfectly normal. Often times you will find that there are steps you need to add, delete or edit. But the trick is this: you simply need to get started and be consistent.

If you make a decision to start a business, commit to daily plans and execution — growth will happen. Slowly and surely you will attain resources, connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs and find customers that will leave clues as to where you should direct your attention next.

Ultimately if you have decided that entrepreneurship is right for you, start by writing down your vision and then setting aside time each day to work on it and stay consistent.

Tell me, what is your burning desire in life? Personally, my desire is to empower more women entrepreneurs to reach the million dollar mark and change the planet. So I need inspiration from people like you to keep pushing the conversation forward.


Malla Haridat is the founder of New Designs for Life, a strategic consulting and business coaching service for women and minority entrepreneurs. New Designs for Life was awarded the 2005 New York City Small Business Award of the Year by Mayor M. Bloomberg and has been featured in the New York Times, Inc Magazine, Black Enterprise and Martha Stewart Radio. As an expert entrepreneurship education coach she has empowered over 1,000 participants to think like entrepreneurs through her company and workshop series, Mom and Daughters Inc. Connect with Malla on Twitter.



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