A survival guide for the first year of your new venture


The first day of your new venture starts when you have an answer to the important question, what problem do I want to solve? Everything you’ve done before this moment is just “work”. This is a problem you are intrinsically motivated to, maybe even born to solve. You’ll know you are on the right track when you start to dream and develop a vision for what the world will look like once you have been successful in solving this problem.


Find your tribe

Start talking about the problem and your vision. As soon as you do, people will find you. People that are motivated to solve this same problem will come together. Through aligned self-interest they will become your partners, co-workers, customers, funders, community and most of all, your friends. Many of them may be further along in their own portion of the journey, maybe you’ll join them or maybe you are taking a completely different approach, but either way, you’ll find each other and form a kinship, it’s like a magnet.


Plant a lot of seeds

Although you’ll find many people who are aligned around solving this problem, not every one will be an early adopter of your ideas, especially if you are in bold and unchartered territory.  You need to talk to as many people with various perspectives as possible; you need to share your ideas.  Hear their feedback and test it against your instincts, try to keep your mind out of it- ask your inner self to reveal, is my new idea wrong or is it just different?  If it’s just different and not wrong, there are certain folks that will need to see results before believing it’s possible. There are also people that your idea will never be right for.

Either way, people will remember your passion, sense of conviction and most of all your sincerity. When, in their own time, they realize your idea wasn’t so far off the mark, and have seen the fruits of early success, they will call you. And when you start to gather more and more momentum, these seeds you have planted will turn into big freaking plants, oh, and it will all happen at precisely the same time.


Do the work

You need to move as quickly as possible from thinking about doing things to actually doing things. The more time ideas spend in the mind space the more activation energy is required to get them in action. Just start by taking the smallest step and just keep stepping. Things in motion tend to stay in motion. Once they are in motion, don’t let them stop moving.

One trick is to focus on the things that can be done today. What are things you can do that are small, action oriented will help you learn something about your venture and are relatively low risk? Get them done, declare success or failure, reflect on the experience, move on and share the story. Rinse and repeat, one step at a time.


Tend to your garden

Your venture is not your garden. You are the garden. Your business, friends and most importantly, your family require you to show-up as the best version of yourself, as often and for as long duration as possible. This requires you to love and nurture yourself so you can embody your best self. Be kind, it’s hard to quiet the voices and fear.  It’s hard to go inside, especially when you’ve gotten caught up in the action.

One way I tend to my garden is to meditate. Only when I am in this space do I have the love, trust and clarity with my true self to make the hard decisions of what needs to stay, what needs additional nurturing, what should be cut back, and what needs to go.

We have times of planting seeds, growth, reaping and rest.  It’s important to honor all of these processes.



216136-46-200pxGuest Author, Jill McCormick

Jill Mccormick is an impact entrepreneur, advisor and consultant. Together with the Techspring community, she is reimagining healthcare and working on projects that are turning that vision into reality.


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