Dear Entrepreneur,

Don’t wait for anyone’s permission. When it comes to big changes in our careers, we often wait for permission. We search and wait for validation, or for someone more successful and famous to tell us it’s okay to do what we want to do. We do the same thing with important business decisions. We wait for circumstances that may never fall into place, or for signs that we may never see. If you wait for permission all the time, your business may likely never grow.

When people write to me, “Chidi, I want to do this. What do you think? Should I do it or not?” I always tell them, “If you truly believe in it, if something deep inside you tells you that this is worth doing, then do it. If you’re passionate about this thing and excited to see the outcome, good or bad, then do it. You don’t need anyone’s permission to, because we often regret the things we don’t do than the things we did.”

True entrepreneurs realize that nobody will and should ever give them permission to do what they want to do. They understand that if their business is going to be successful, they are the ones that have to do something about it; they are the ones that have to take action without waiting for all the stars to align.

With love,