Enterprising Surprise

If entrepreneurs had initials behind their names, they would be: GID, MIH, DIN, GFI (Get it done, Make it happen, Do it now and Go for it!) .                                                            Robert Middleton

Having  just finished mentoring at an enterprise school at Durham University, I set off for a peaceful weekend in Perthshire. Not only was it a lovely place, but the owner was one of the most interesting and enterprising folks I’ve met.

You expect to drink tea in Scotland. Yet I discovered tea grows in Scotland! Although the Scottish mists and landscapes reminded me of childhood visits to tea plantations in India, who would leap to the idea of growing tea there? The tea is protected from the weather with sheeps wool and security (as even idyllic places suffer from those who want to profit from others labours). We tasted the homegrown tea, and even a sample test of port made from it heard about the background. Deliciously different, but even more tasty when one hears the thought and effort involved in bringing it to the table.  https://teagardensofscotland.co.uk/perthshire

Enterprising Ideas and Implementation

The Enterprise School was inspiring–so many enthusiastic people, both  the staff and the participants. However, without implementing those wonderful ideas and vision, they stay in our heads and nothing happens. We need to follow the examples of this enterprising “plantation owner” and those who make the visions reality.

Instead of whinging about the weather, politics or how hard life is, he not only maximised the usual opportunity of providing self catering accommodation, but also did something surprising, amazing and interesting.

It wasn’t eccentric or daft. He used his knowledge and experience to provide something different. Without an enterprising spirit to weigh up the risks and benefits and just go for it, nothing would have happened.

Great ideas and visions are important. Yet, without practical steps and persistence, they don’t make a difference. Robert Middleton describes people who take the next step as ordinary visionaries.

Ordinary Visionaries are ordinary people who have put their visions into the world and taken action to make a difference.

Check out Robert’s interviews of Ordinary Visionaries to get some tips on how to make a vision a reality.