We all know J.M Barrie’s story of Peter Pan, ok maybe you know the Disney classic better, either way you know the story.
Who’d have thought that the story of a little boy who never grew up would hold such insight into the entrepreneurial spirit?
Here are 5 secrets from Peter Pan for Entrepreneurs:
1. Never grow up
“If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!”
Growing up usually means we become afraid to try new things. We stop playing, we stop taking risks, we sometimes stop believing in ourselves.
Keep your inner child close at hand, listen to that voice and use it to fuel your creativity.
2. Believe in Fairies
“Every time a child says, ‘I don’t believe in fairies,’ there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.”
Once upon a time we all believed in fairies, Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and even the Easter bunny. We grow up, we stop believing. A fairy is the childish muse who inspires play and creativity. When we stop believing a part of us dies; our playfulness.
Some call their fairies genies – Whatever you call it, it’s the metaphor for inspiration and motivation. Find it, believe again and listen to it.
3. Make Wishes
“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”
Close your eyes and wish. Wish on a star, wish when you blow out your candles on your birthday cake. Wishes are what make your dreams come true.
Without wishes we stop dreaming and when we stop dreaming we stay in the same place.
4. Never say Goodbye
“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”
Just because an idea didn’t work doesn’t mean it was useless. Learning from failure is possibly more important than leaning from success. Remember, learn and never forget.
5. Keep Learning
“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.”
We can’t be good at everything. If something doesn’t work, try something else. Whatever it is, keep learning. Find someone to mentor your, someone to learn from, someone to inspire you.
Don’t let what you can’t do hold you back.
Look forward and see what YOU can learn. Master it. Then learn something else.
Do you believe in fairies? How do you release your inner child to find your creative spirit?