Starter or Finisher? How Visionary Entrepreneurs Can Stop Struggling with Implementation

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Visionary Entrepreneur ImplementationAs a visionary, you probably have a million ideas.

Ideas pour into your mind in the shower, when you are driving, and even when you are dining with friends, you just can’t turn off the continual flow of creativity.

When you allow yourself time to create, like most visionaries, you get lost in time, almost as if minutes merge into hours, and before you know it, the clock strikes midnight and you realize you haven’t moved in hours.

Visionary entrepreneurs thrive in the generation of new ideas, products and programs. It’s your life blood. Its what fuels your inspiration. Its the fun part of being an entrepreneur, that’s for sure. The problem when it comes to building a profitable business that’s making a big difference isn’t getting a vision of what you want…its sticking with it till its done.

And done doesn’t mean its in the wrapper ready to ship. It means you’ve maximized your profits and impact with your idea.

There’s a significant difference for a visionary between the starter energy and the finisher energy.

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And knowing the difference can lead to greater profits for your business.

Starters…

  • Are pioneers and innovators who many think have “crazy” ideas that could never work.
  • Can see the big picture vision (but lack the steps between today and the big vision.)
  • Tend to move at the speed of light.
  • Get things started quickly, but then move on to the next idea just as fast.
  • Often over-stretch their commitments due to unrealistic ideas of time to complete things.
  • Rapidly move from today’s hundred ideas to tomorrow’s next hundred ideas (and expect everyone else to keep up.)

Finishers…

  • Love taking an idea and transforming it into a real, money-making product.
  • Excel at getting things done.
  • Have an excellent grasp at prioritization and time management.
  • See the steps and can reverse engineer any big vision into an action plan.
  • Often lack the spark of initial ideas but thrive in the production and completion.

Now if an entrepreneur is super lucky, they can swing between the mind of a starter and a finisher – but that’s rare! The key for creative “starters” is to align with someone who can help them get things done. That means hiring support people who can take your ideas, carve out time to work on them, and guide them into profitable offerings. A visionary starter who lacks finishers can often experience an erosion of their confidence with a trail of half-baked ideas that never make any money.

A starter also needs to own that their genius is in getting ideas in motion — and give themselves permission to hand off their ideas to finishers so that they can stay in their zone of genius. A starter who is forced to finish things will often sabotage the project or give up before it ever makes money.

If you are a finisher it’s probably tough for you to get started. Knowing that you need help getting a clear idea is essential for you to stay in your zone of genius. Hiring a coach can be helpful for you to flush out your ideas.  Or even better, partner up with a bold visionary so that you spend more time in your strength– getting things done!

Which are you – a starter or a finisher? Let’s see if we can hook up some starters and finishers by sharing what style you are in the comments below.

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13 Comments

  • Dyane

    April 17, 2012

    Wow, talk about “pulling the covers”! *blush*. I am a “Starter” big time! I get tons of ideas and get burned out on them very quickly.
    The best way to manage my ideas is to break the project up into smaller more manageable ideas. If I focus on finishing one aspect of the task before I move on the entire project is accomplished in a more effective manner.
    Its hard being a “Starter” and having a Social Media based business because there is ALWAYS something new and inspiring.
    I have learned to ignore the new bright shiny objects if they are not relevant to my current projects. Dyane

    • Melanie Benson Strick

      April 17, 2012

      Dyane, nothing wrong with being a starter…just remember that starters need finishers. =-) Glad to hear you are weeding out the bright shiny objects!

  • Janet Glatz

    April 18, 2012

    Ha! My husband is a starter, and I am part starter, but mostly finisher. Fortunately we work together well without killing each other. He backs me up on my ideas and supports my efforts. I help him clarify his goals/steps to the end result.

    • Melanie Benson Strick

      April 18, 2012

      Janet I take it you and your husband are in business together? Good to know you balance each other.

  • Clifton

    April 18, 2012

    *raises hand* Starter! I cannot turn off the idea tap sometimes….but I’ve trained myself NOT to jump around and to remain on task. Two tactics I use.
    1. Lists – I write down my goals short medium and long term, review them constantly and take great pleasure in crossing items off as ‘DONE’

    2. As stated above, breaking tasks down into chunks and finishing bit by bit.

    With the endless opportunities that exist in Social Media it is heaven for us starter types, but there’s no sense in having a blast with the latest and greatest new thing if my audience isn’t there yet.

    Clifton

    • Melanie Benson Strick

      April 18, 2012

      Clifton, great tips on staying focused. I agree — between social media and emails its a wonder anyone ever accomplishes anything. =-)

  • Jennie Rosenbaum

    April 19, 2012

    I guess I’m a little odd. My natural form is a starter, I get hundreds of ideas a minute and run off at a mad pace, but I used to be a project manager and am very good at defining steps and time- at least for other people! So I guess I’m both, but that isn’t helpful either.. Because then I get stuck in planning mode. I get a great idea, get all excited and sit down and work out how to implement it, what steps are involved and I plan it all out… Problem is that I then get distracted by another shiny thing, or i’ve spent so much time planning I don’t have enough time and I have to work extra hard to meet my unrealistic deadline! I’m trying to change it, but it isn’t easy, this is the way I’ve always done things..

  • Jennie Rosenbaum

    April 19, 2012

    I should say, I use to-do lists in a big way, and my artwork bento database, being a bit OCD really seems to help.

    The number one thing that seems to help at the moment is a simple list I keep synced across my devices where I jot down all my shiny new ideas. If they are out of my head and noted down then They don’t distract me as much. I can go back to them at my leasure rather than being subject to the shiny syndrome!

    • Melanie Benson Strick

      April 19, 2012

      Jennie you are a lot like me then — except I am more of a starter and less of a finisher. Maybe I should say I’m more creative and enjoy less the “getting the smaller tasks done myself.” I guess that is why I’m a big supporter of having a team of people who are finishers to help with the ideas!

  • Wild Bill Kerr

    April 23, 2012

    Starter here, I have 6 books I’ve started, once I’m done with chapter one I get another great idea and off I go, on to the next project. Man if I had a finisher to whip me into shape and get something done instead of letting myself become distracted I’d be on my way to 6 figures.

  • Robert

    April 30, 2012

    I’m energized by generating ideas and getting things off to a start (my artistic creative side) but then once i get into implementation my energy and enthusiasm starts to wane. I get bogged down in the details and wear myself out (my analytical perfectionist side).

    But when i have others helping me with implementation and I’m more the “orchestra conductor” my energy remains at a much higher level.

    So I’d say I’m more a starter than a finisher. No wonder I don’t jump for joy when I get new clients or projects – I’ve been forcing myself in the role of “implementer” for so long now!

    Perhaps moving forward I will endeavor to delegate much more. Thanks for the reminder coach Melanie!

  • Janice Brewster

    April 3, 2017

    Hmmmmm…I’m definitely a starter in my own work, but enjoy being a finisher for my clients’ projects. I keep a “back burner” page in my planner to put a fence around the new ideas and try to keep them from becoming distractions.

    • Melanie Benson

      April 3, 2017

      That’s a great system for new ideas Janice. And isn’t it interesting that you are a starter in one place but more of a finisher in others? xxxooo MB