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Path of an Entrepreneur  Keeping the Dream Alive                by David White                                 Your partne...
• What are we…                • What is my story…                • What keeps us going…                • What others teach...
Defining the Entrepreneur   • Entrepreneurship is the act of being an entrepreneur or     "one who undertakes (innovations...
Modern Day Shaman   • We are the Modern day     Shaman bringing the     invisible Vision from     within our Minds into   ...
Entrepreneur vs. Employee    • Entrepreneur       – Passionate about new and better ways         of doing things       – S...
My Story• Every Entrepreneur has a Story..• Every Entrepreneur has a Dream.!• It is “ Our Story, Our Passion, Our Dream” a...
The Business of the Business   • Most start-up businesses fail   • The Idea, Vision, Opportunity,      is not the Business...
Use Your Imagination   • “An act or process of forming a conscious idea or mental image of     something never before whol...
Be Original    • Any one who has been really      Successful in life has been Original.    • A Copy on the Screen of Life ...
Keep it Simple   • If you can not explain it Simply,     you Simply do not understand it     well enough yourself.   • “Th...
Live your Dream Personally   •   You must personally live your dream, believing you will succeed.   •   “Nothing happens u...
Share Your Dream   • Allow others to own a piece     of the dream. Great leaders     allow others to counsel them;     it’...
Pursue your Passion    • Find a purpose larger than money.      Often when we go after money it      becomes illusive. Or ...
Hire Exceptional People   • Hire exceptional people     who want to Succeed;     they will find a way.   • Surround yourse...
Let Others Challenge You   • Be willing to let others challenge you and your     idea. Give them space to be honest in let...
Stay in the Race   • Winners are people that stay     in the race.   • Fake it till you Make it.   • “I have not failed. I...
Do Not Fear Failure   • Incredibly successful people who     earned fame and fortune only after     making notable misstep...
Be Self Motivated  • It is your Dream, Your Story, and You must have a Reason,    and find the Strength, to keep it Alive....
Richard Branson   • Richard Branson is one of the entrepreneurs that inspire     most people. He has gone through thick an...
JK Rowling   •   While writing her first Harry Potter Book       Rowling was suffering from Depression.   •   She was batt...
Albert Einstein   • Albert Einstein did not speak until he was     four years old, and didnt read until he was     seven. ...
Donald Trump   • Real estate billionaire that      has gone through bankruptcy      twice in his life.   • Personal debt o...
Henry Ford   • Henry Fords first automobile company      dissolved due to customer complaints      of high prices and low ...
Walt Disney   • Walt Disney left dropped out of school at 16   • He was fired by a newspaper editor      for lack of ideas...
Cornel Saunders   • Saunders at 65 opened first diner.   • The road outside his diner was     then bypassed.   • He then t...
Powerful Beyond Measure   “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.   Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyo...
What are you doing Now   • “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago –     the next best time is Now.” Chinese Prover...
Living your Dream• “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; It is the  COURAGE to continue that counts.” Winston Churc...
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The path of an entrepreneur 20th july 2012

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David White (CEO DRG Outsourcing) looks forward to sharing his path and thoughts on an Entrepreneurial Journey at the Three Peaks Interactive Entrepreneurial workshop on 20th July 2012.

Each Entrepreneur walks a different path towards their goals and successes, but there are many elements/activities that are common in each journey.
Entrepreneurs need to believe in themselves and their vision, but also need to have the foresight to draw in skills and resources to help them achieve their dreams.
History shows that virtually no successful entrepreneur has walked an easy path. They have had their challenges and hardships, but always there is something that keeps the fire burning and dream alive.
David will speak through what he believes are common elements/activities in an Entrepreneurial Journey, and share his thoughts and understanding on what it is that keeps the fire burning and dream alive.

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The path of an entrepreneur 20th july 2012

  1. 1. Path of an Entrepreneur Keeping the Dream Alive by David White Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  2. 2. • What are we… • What is my story… • What keeps us going… • What others teach us about the path… • What are we doing today… Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  3. 3. Defining the Entrepreneur • Entrepreneurship is the act of being an entrepreneur or "one who undertakes (innovations, finance and business acumen) in an effort to transform innovations into economic goods". Wikipedia • “Entrepreneurship may be defined as the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled”. Stevenson Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  4. 4. Modern Day Shaman • We are the Modern day Shaman bringing the invisible Vision from within our Minds into Physical Form that all can Benefit from. • We need to own the responsibility to lead our team into greener pastures. Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  5. 5. Entrepreneur vs. Employee • Entrepreneur – Passionate about new and better ways of doing things – Stimulated by new opportunity – Risk amenable – Pliable mind and able to think laterally – Not adverse to standing alone – Often really good at one thing – Driven by survival • Employee – Like structure and leadership – Like planned and detailed methodology – Like to be part of an orderly team – Quite often a generalist – Prefer stability rather than uncertainty Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  6. 6. My Story• Every Entrepreneur has a Story..• Every Entrepreneur has a Dream.!• It is “ Our Story, Our Passion, Our Dream” and is something that is fuelled from within Ourselves. It only becomes extinguished if We Ourselves decides to give up Our Believing. Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  7. 7. The Business of the Business • Most start-up businesses fail • The Idea, Vision, Opportunity, is not the Business, it is merely the Originator or the the Passion of the Business. • Business Platform. • Business Mentors. • Focusing on Core Activities, and draw in professional skills to perform the other Business Activities. Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  8. 8. Use Your Imagination • “An act or process of forming a conscious idea or mental image of something never before wholly perceived by the one forming the image.” Wikipedia • “Imagination is more important than Knowledge.” Albert Einstein • “What is now proved was once only imagined.” William Blake • “If you don’t dream the impossible, impossible dreams can’t come true!” Sandra Golden Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  9. 9. Be Original • Any one who has been really Successful in life has been Original. • A Copy on the Screen of Life has no Value. • Be the Best you that you can be, be yourself. • Learn to think for yourself. • If you act from the heart it has the strength to overcome unbelievable challenges. • “There needs to be something unique about your Dream and Offer. Something that stands out as being, Exciting, Exceptional, Special, Attractive, Different, from other offers in the Market.” Sandra Golden Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  10. 10. Keep it Simple • If you can not explain it Simply, you Simply do not understand it well enough yourself. • “The Simplicity on the other side of Complexity.” Tony Burnham • “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not Simpler.” Albert Einstein Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  11. 11. Live your Dream Personally • You must personally live your dream, believing you will succeed. • “Nothing happens unless we first Dream.” Carl Sandburg • “If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney • A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  12. 12. Share Your Dream • Allow others to own a piece of the dream. Great leaders allow others to counsel them; it’s more fun when you can share success. It’s not fun celebrating alone. • Let these people contribute towards the company’s Mission and Vision • “You can dream of and design the most wonderful places in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.” Walt Disney Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  13. 13. Pursue your Passion • Find a purpose larger than money. Often when we go after money it becomes illusive. Or we get our wealth and loose our health and purpose. • Remember we are all exceptionally good at something we really enjoy doing. • “The inclination of my life – has been to do things and make things which will give pleasure to people in new and amazing ways. By doing this I please and satisfy myself.” Walt Disney Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  14. 14. Hire Exceptional People • Hire exceptional people who want to Succeed; they will find a way. • Surround yourself with people that are as positive as you are about what you love doing. • Remember that Two Heads are better than One • Realise that different people are right for different functions in the business Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  15. 15. Let Others Challenge You • Be willing to let others challenge you and your idea. Give them space to be honest in letting you know how and why they think you may fail. Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  16. 16. Stay in the Race • Winners are people that stay in the race. • Fake it till you Make it. • “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that wont work." Thomas Edison • "Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  17. 17. Do Not Fear Failure • Incredibly successful people who earned fame and fortune only after making notable missteps. In fact, some of the most influential and wealthy people were at least briefly considered to be losers who would never amount to anything. • The lessons learned: Never, never, never give up, and that nothing of value comes easy even for those who make it look easy. • "The business empires built by successful entrepreneurs were erected on the foundation of past failures." Ajaero Tony Martins Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  18. 18. Be Self Motivated • It is your Dream, Your Story, and You must have a Reason, and find the Strength, to keep it Alive. • Learn to rely on yourself, and not on others. • “If you think you can do a thing, or think you can’t do a thing.. YOU’RE RIGHT!!” Henry Ford Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  19. 19. Richard Branson • Richard Branson is one of the entrepreneurs that inspire most people. He has gone through thick and thin; and has been on the verge of business failure on countless occasions. • “To be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running, and if you have a good team around you and a fair share of luck, you can make it happen”. Richard Branson • Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  20. 20. JK Rowling • While writing her first Harry Potter Book Rowling was suffering from Depression. • She was battling to come to terms with her mothers death. • She was going through a challenging divorce. • When the book was finished she was rejected by 12 publishers. • Eventually a shall publishing company agreed to publish her book, but only 1000 copies, and half went to libraries • Now she wealthier than Queen Elizabeth II • "Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure to lead us to greater success.” JK Rowling Your partner in professional and reliable human - resource management solutionswww.drg.co.za
  21. 21. Albert Einstein • Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four years old, and didnt read until he was seven. • His teacher described him as “mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams." • He was expelled and refused admittance to Zurich Polytechnic School. • The University of Bern turned down his Ph.D. dissertation as being irrelevant and fanciful. • “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  22. 22. Donald Trump • Real estate billionaire that has gone through bankruptcy twice in his life. • Personal debt of $1 billion • Corporate debt of $9 billion. • Estimated current personal wealth $7 billion. • "Sometimes by losing a battle, you will find a new way to win the war.” Donald Trump • “Sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure." Donald Trump Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  23. 23. Henry Ford • Henry Fords first automobile company dissolved due to customer complaints of high prices and low quality. • His second company failed due to a dispute with a consultant. • His third effort almost failed, too, when low sales made it impossible to pay investors. In the end, angel investors saved the troubled business. • The companys net income for 2009 was $2.7 billion. • "Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently." Henry Ford Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  24. 24. Walt Disney • Walt Disney left dropped out of school at 16 • He was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. • He went bankrupt more than once. • He leveraged everything in terms of assets in order to build his studio and his films. • The more profit one project yielded, the bigger the next would be. His vision was constantly growing, and he used whatever capital he had to allow that vision to evolve. • “All the adversity Ive had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” Walt Disney . Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  25. 25. Cornel Saunders • Saunders at 65 opened first diner. • The road outside his diner was then bypassed. • He then travelled to up and down to different restaurants to cook his 11 herbs and spices chicken • Five years later he had 40 franchises • At seventy five he sold the business for $ 15m • "Theres no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You cant do any business from there." Cornel Saunders Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  26. 26. Powerful Beyond Measure “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wont feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Its not just in some of us; its in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Nelson Mandela Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  27. 27. What are you doing Now • “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago – the next best time is Now.” Chinese Proverb Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions
  28. 28. Living your Dream• “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; It is the COURAGE to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill Your partner in professional and reliable humanwww.drg.co.za resource management solutions

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