For a long time, entrepreneurs were rare and it would take incredible guts and foresight to be able to take a risk on a new idea and turn it into a viable and profitable idea.
We live in the age of the entrepreneur.
But today that has all changed thanks to the web.
Through the internet, it has become possible to make almost anything, to market to anyone and to create huge movements.
Other technologies have also made more invention possible – and as invention begets invention, we hurtle toward the singularity.
So, with it being more possible than ever to change the world with an idea, who are some of the most inspiring figures to have done this recently? Let’s take a look at some of the most notable…
It’s easy to write Facebook off as a simple social network for sharing pictures of cats but in reality it is much more than that.
Facebook has changed the way we interact with people and it has even caused huge political shifts – some even credit it with triggering the Arab Spring.
And all of this was the result of some code that a Harvard student wrote in his dorm room!
Slightly lesser known but no less prolific, Matt Mullenweg is the entrepreneur behind WordPress.
The general idea was simple: to write a piece of software that could ‘productize’ his web design service.
The result? A tool that now powers 25% of the entire internet!
Elon Musk has created countless disruptive technologies and no doubt has only just gotten started.
Not only did this incredible man launch he SpaceX program, he also spearheads Tesla Motors (which seeks to end our reliance on fossil fuels for transportation) and he even runs PayPal!
It’s hard to talk about visionaries without at least mentioning Steve Jobs.
And he very much deserves the mention, being the guy who brought us the first true ‘smartphone’, who made the moues popular and who completely transformed the music industry.
Palmer Luckey is the newest member of this list but once again, his place here is very much earned.
Luckey started toying around with virtual reality headsets as a hobby and ended up launching Oculus Rift on Kickstarter to immense success.
The company is now poised to completely change the world and has kickstarted (no pun intended) an entire industry.
How Elon Musk Made People Take Him Seriously
Big, world-changing ideas do not come along often.
And when they do, they can be incredibly hard for people to swallow.
People like the status quo in fact and when you come along and try to change that, you will always meet resistance.
People are afraid of change.
And people – as a whole – are also unfortunately lacking in ambition often.
If you tell someone that you’re going to be a rock star or an astronaut, the most common reaction you’ll get is disbelief.
This is a shame though: someone has to make it after all!
With all that in mind though, how can you go about convincing people to put their faith (and cash) behind your idea?
If you want to do something big, how do you get others on board?
The power of an entrepreneurs credibility
This is actually the very same problem that Elon Musk faced when he wanted to send a man into space.
Musk is taken seriously by everyone now but at the time, he was completely unknown.
All he knew, was that it was his mission to make space tourism a reality.
And he was disenfranchised with the attempts made by NASA and others at that time.
He thus came up with an idea of a prize to motivate companies into creating the technology necessary to make his vision a reality.
The only problem? He didn’t have the money and no one believed that he could offer it!
His solution was to make his initial presentation alongside enthusiastic engineers and astronauts.
He found people that were as passionate about his idea as he was and by doing this, he lent his entire concept credibility.
People would have laughed him off the stage but not when he appeared alongside such luminaries.
How to Get Credibility for Your Big Idea
So, the next time you have a big idea for a business, think about how you can get others to buy into it and who it would take to convince them.
If it sounds stupid coming from you, then speak to someone who won’t think it’s stupid and who will be able to convince others.
And this is actually the advantage of having a ‘big idea’ – it will automatically be more exciting than a small idea and so you’ll find there will be people out there who want to become ambassadors for it.
You just have to find them!
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