George, a late entrant to the business start up game came to me last week with a terrific idea for a new business. It was original; offered loads of connectivity to lots of different funding agendas; would make a constructive difference to lots of people’s lives and to all intents and purposes was a potentially golden ticket to a new life for him, after having burnt many bridges in previous lives, explored the whiskey bottle once too often and spent his hard borrowed cash up to and over his shaky credit limits many times over. George’s business idea is potentially his salvation or his final downfall.
“So” he asks, “tell me: am I just dreaming? Is this business just a slippery figment of my imagination?” To which, I have to say, of course you’re dreaming George! It’s your dreaming which is going to get you out of this mess that you’re currently in upto the last fold in your chubby neck.
But it’s not just dreaming: it’s dreaming justly that’s essential in the business start up process. It’s about seeing an apparition in front of you and having the courage to see that apparition as real as the flesh and blood nightmares of unpaid bills, empty spirit bottles and trampled ambitions which are strewn across your kitchen floor as you tear up one grand design after another. It’s not just dreaming George, it’s allowing your spirit to finally soar before the inertia and paralysis of the so called real world takes you by the neck and slowly throttles you into stillness.
So go ahead and dream with all your might: it might just save your life.