In the post about Excel, what I initially wrote was really long and heavy that I ended up having to write second post that wasn’t as long as the first for those that had been interested in the subject of the “exploratory trip”. For those brave souls, here are some tips for the planning and following through of that trip.
Right now, I’m reading a book that says in order to really be really successful at something you have to dedicate 10,000 hours to it. Making an analogy, to really know a business to the point where no one can steal your idea, and you can model it and convert it into a project, you need to find the answers to 100 questions. This post is about the best place to find those said answers. Leer más…
Considering that there are many people who asked to see an example of what I have built, instead of sending it to each person I am going to upload it as a post (it’s too long to be a comment).
It’s a little boring to read, so I recommend that only those that are dying to have an example of what I talked about in the last post, read this. In saying this, I feel liberated to post something long and difficult to follow, and it’s only for the really motivated who want to know more about this. If you get bored, don’t complain! Before you dismiss me, think of the work I did to make this “complexity”.
To get things straight, this is not a complete list. This is a more detailed explanation of how to build a business model in Excel, using Officenet as an example. I have the list that we once used to plan ON before launching but without explaining it would result in something incomprehensible, I think.
In the post about the theft of ideas I started a discussion thread about the earliest stages of an enterprise. Here I want to talk about another related aspect of launching a business. The post might get a little long or heavy but within it, there is a secret that I believe is key.
Imagine that we have come up with a potential business idea. What should you do first? The first thing I do, apart from evaluate my own idea like I was an impartial third-party, is get a helping hand from my old and dear Excel. The majority of people think that in business, Excel only helps with financial projects. But the reality is that, for me, it is much more than just that.
Along the lines of comparing the learnings from paragliding with becoming an Entrepreneur, the first post covered the stage of preparation. Now is the time to focus on the start-up phase. And as Wes Harman, the author of this photo, graciously reminds us, no start-up is ever the first or last to die!
So back to Tucuman and my paragliding course. After two hours of suffering and being blown by the wind on the flat, the instructor said it was time to move on to the next stage: the first take off. We moved to a different location, where we could walk up a hill about 100 feet high. Naive, I asked: “We are going to fly in tandem, right?”. The professor laughed. With only two hours of practice, it was time for my first flight alone.