What do Legos have to do with small business? Legos may appear to be a peculiar choice for establishing the small business mindset required for success. No, they can’t teach us tutorials in finance, marketing, and information systems, but they help form the foundation needed for small business success. After all, you can have all of the business acumen in the world, but if you do not possess the type of entrepreneurial spirit that defines small business success, then you can you can expect to fall short of your small business expectations.
The following list demonstrates that what it takes to make it in Lego also plays a role in defining small business success.
Think about it. Diving right into a Lego project means having the type of go-getter attitude small business owners need to turn a profit. In addition, when you are thinking about what to build, there is a certain level of creativity that comes into play. When you are thinking about a “Lego project”, the sky is the limit, isn’t it? Treat your small business dream as a fearless child treats a bag full of Legos: Just do it!
Anyone who has tackled the construction of a Lego structure understands to reach the project's fruition. The Lego builder has to put in a significant amount of time in planning the project, as well as dedicate substantial energy to make it through the long project. Small business owners can expect to work well into the night running their operations.
As mentioned above, designing a Lego structure requires a certain level of creativity. Never take the safe design route when building your small business, but instead, try different designs that defy conventional “Lego wisdom”. Small business owners need to have a high level of creativity to separate their small business from the competition. As with Legos, thinking outside the box will help your small business grow.
Two heads are better than one, right? Sometimes designing a large “Lego project”, or small business in this case, may involve recruiting team members to help finish the job. A great business design or model starts with an amazing idea, but sometimes turning that idea into something physical requires the help of team members. Delegate when and wherever possible.
Building a Lego project first begins with an idea, a vision. You look around at the Lego pieces you have available to build your idea. How can you take those pieces or resources that you have available and create something that is a physical form of an aspiring idea? Turning that project into a physical reality takes creativity, dedication, motivation, a level of fearlessness of failure and a drive for success.
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