The brief excerpt below is from the book; 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs Thriving in Uncertain Times. The award winning 300 page book includes exclusive interviews with over 50 successful entrepreneurs in a variety of industries.
Gail Lynne Goodwin began Inspire Me TodayT in 2008. Inspire Me TodayT is an
Internet company offering inspiration through multiple forms of multimedia
to people all across the world
every day! Inspire Me TodayT utilizes only independent contractors and the
startup cost was approximately $100,000. Gail’s past entrepreneurial
experiences include owning a real estate investment firm, a clothing
company, and a record label in Nashville.
Q: Did you use a business plan?
A: No, I’m a firm believer that business plans limit you. While you should
have an end goal in mind, you need to remain open on how you’ll get there.
That being said, if I need to borrow investment capital, then I’d write a
business plan for that purpose.
Q: Biggest challenges? What do you know now, that you wish you’d known
sooner or at least handled differently?
A: Each day we’ve had challenges with things like the website not being
where we want it to be, but maintaining the original vision is what keeps me
going. I look at setbacks as becoming blessings in disguise. When the vision
is big enough, it will get you past your fear. Being able to step away from
the day-to-day drama of life and maintain that focus is what determines
success. You have to maintain your original vision no matter what drama is
happening at the moment.
Q: Are there one or two things you can attribute your success to?
A: Can’t is not in my vocabulary, the word has no meaning to me. Curiosity,
I have a never-ending passion for learning and discovering what I don’t
know. I believe that the quality of your life is determined by the quality
of your questions. Having good mentors and a willingness to ask for help. To
be vulnerable and admit that I don’t know the answer. Allowing others to
help me, once they’ve caught the passion, and letting them run with the
idea. Learning how to turn adversity into opportunity is also critical. But,
the single most important thing is starting each day with gratitude, no
matter what’s going on in your life. Don’t start your day without gratitude.