Give Birth to a New Business this Mother's Day


May is the month when mums are celebrated (look at those baby lambs!). In my May newsletter I talk about my business being my third baby. I talk about the dreams and aspirations I have for all my babies - my two kids and my consultancy. I'm looking waaaaaay into the future with grandchildren and happy customers gathering around my rocking chair on Mother's Day.

The quote above from Katharine Hepburn's mother inspired me to think about all the sources of great ideas I've come across over the years. It's a 'do what you love, love what you do' kind of idea isn't it? 

The following is a very short list of books, movies, video clips that I recommend you take a look at if you're struggling to come up with an idea that you love or equally as important, reasons why others should love your idea.

  • The Patagonia Story - you've never met a more down-to-earth entrepreneur than Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. I can't get enough of him. And one look at their website will tell you what they're all about.
  • The Republic of Tea is more than a decade old now. The story of how it came to be was told in a little book which consists of two years worth of fax and phone messages between the founders. I sat down and read this in a day. It got me quite excited about tea for a while although I am much more of a coffee drinker.
The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business
By Mel Ziegler, Patricia Ziegler, Bill Rosenzweig
  • I'm sure you've seen Social Network. Have you watched it since you decided to become an entrepreneur? You may see it in a different light. My favourite saying from the movie was something along the lines of "When you go fishing you can catch a lot of fish, or you can catch a big fish".

One of the favourite books is Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. If you search for this one in Google you'll see a whole heap of other great business books. I've read and loved about half of them but this one, Made to Stick, I have read three times. It's also one of the few that I own a hardcover copy of, as opposed to a Kindle e-book.

Any other ideas? I'd love to hear them.

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