Let me start by saying:
Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean it’s impossible!
(It so tweetable I couldn’t resist…)
We all have our ideas, ambitions, dreams. But we really need to put ourselves out there and keep going to make things happen. You probably know that.
Sometime it can get rough. No one promise us a smooth way without even a glitch in our business or entrepreneurship journey.
This is why I’ve created this special “INSPIRATION” Interview Series.
So you would see that everyone is going through the same things, and with the right tools (practical and mental ones) you can achieve anything!
As I started interviewing those wonderful amazing ladies I realized they have a lot in common. I’m sure you’ll see that too. Just keep following.
Nikki Elledge Brown is a communication stylist. She’s spectacular with words and her ambition is to teach other amazing entrepreneurs to attract their dream clients, one brilliant message at a time.
She is bright, smart strategic business woman (and a mom!). She’s passionate about authentic communication and motivated to bring the best content, product or service to her clients (and as her client I can assure you, she is).
What is the first thing you do when a new business idea jumps into your mind?
I grab my phone and get it captured in a note! I’ve got all kinds of notes on my iPhone, Word docs all over my desktop, and a Google spreadsheet titled “Idea Bank” as well.
I’ve heard Evernote is fabulous, but I just haven’t made the time to sit down and get into it.
How do you know if this idea good for your business or not?
In order for something to make the “good idea” pile, it needs to be a YES for all three of these Qs:
1. Does it fit into our lifestyle?
We’re a military family, so our schedule can be pretty up in the air. I kinda like that. Even if I COULD predict my schedule months (or a year!) in advance, I don’t think I’d want to! It’s liberating to set my own “work” hours around family and travel time. I usually open up new one-on-one sessions about a month in advance, and my clients sign up accordingly. I’m very thankful for that!
2. Would it be fun for me to write, create, and share?
If I don’t really want to do something, I don’t. If I’m going to take time away from my family to make that call, write that post, or create that course, it’s gotta be worth it.
3. Is it helpful to my audience in some way?
This one’s also non-negotiable. Whatever I create needs to serve my audience in some way. Doesn’t have to be groundbreaking or wildly educational. If it will make them smile, laugh, or think about something from a new perspective, that’s good enough for me.
How do you deal with fears a new project holds?
Good friends, prayer, and public accountability!
I have fabulously bright friends I can vent to (+ bounce ideas off of). I have faith that even the worst case scenario is still pretty amazing. I also have a habit of telling the world what I’m doing before I’m doing it so that I actually have to follow through.
What is your favorite place to do your planning; and to work on a new project?
EVERYWHERE. We’ve been nomads this year!
We live in beautiful Hawaii, but some of my best content so far has been created on my parents’ back porch in Texas. In August, I worked on course content while flying across the Atlantic and riding a train through the Czech countryside. By the end of next week, I’ll add Connecticut to the list. (Clearly this is another HUGE pro of online entrepreneurship.)
Give me my laptop and some wifi, and I’m good to go!
What do you do if life happens and you’re not keeping up with your original plan? What keeps your motivation high?
There’s nothing more motivating than purpose-driven work! (tweet that)
Even though I LOVE to plan things, I didn’t “plan” to start a business, this year or any year. I started this business because in early 2013 I felt a call to share my knack for effective communication in a bigger way (beyond the college classroom). Once that seed was planted, I started to feel like I *had* to share it. Like it’d be selfish not to follow through, and there was no turning back.
Still, even though I love my work, I sometimes miss self-imposed goals and deadlines. Life happens, and that’s alright. I was drawn to the freedom (craziness) of running my own business so I could enjoy “LIFE” more thoroughly! If I miss a deadline or a goal, I just try to learn from the process and keep moving right along. All I can do is the best I can do. I trust the rest will work itself out!
(You can tweet that too!)
Now your turn!
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Here’s to your new project! YAY!