When you first begin to learn to cook you learned from other people. You may have learned to cook from someone in your family, or you may have learned how to cook by following the recipes and instructions from a cookbook. Some people learned by watching television cooking shows, reading blogs and watching videos or from a professional instructor.
Regardless of how you learned, most people learned to cook by following the instructions of someone else, someone successful at cooking (or baking).
In the process you learned other people’s model of what worked and what was their ‘right’ way of doing things.
Along the way you also discovered what you enjoyed – baking cupcakes, making soup, or cooking southern food Paula Dean style.
If you truly loved to cook the next step you would take would to begin to experiment with your own recipes and ideas.
Through trial and error you would discover your own style of cooking, taking bits and pieces from all the other people who you had learned from. Some recipes would look great and taste delicious; while others turned out so bad the family dog would even turn his nose up. Either way you learned what worked or what didn’t work for you; what you enjoyed making and eating and what you didn’t.
One more important thing you probably learned was what recipes you prepared were enjoyed most by the people you cooked for. This is where it all came together and everyone was happy – and full.
Starting your own business follows a similar learning curve.
First you have an interest, a curiosity or a need.
Next, you seek out others who have done what you want to do and you begin to learn from them.
In the beginning you follow their instructions and guidelines.
Once you experience some success you begin to try some new things on your own and begin to discover what works for you and what doesn’t.
If your passion for what you are doing is still strong, you begin to move away from other people’s recipe for success and begin to develop your own.
You pull bits and pieces of what you learned from others into a recipe or strategy that is uniquely your own.
Through trial and error you discover the pieces that work and the pieces that don’t. Some of your ideas are huge success while others are duds.
But then you begin to make the connections between what you love to do and what others want. This is where it all begins to come together, everyone is happy and you have a successful business!
The moral of the story – If you can learn to cook, you can learn to have a successful business.