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How to Start a Project

Learn how to be entrepreneurial and champion your own causes and ideas in 4 easy steps.

By
Stever Robbins
3-minute read
Episode #128

Step #3: Get People to Take Specific Actions

Small actions today start creating commitment that leads to bigger actions tomorrow.

Once someone’s on board, give them something specific to do, or have them suggest something. Even small actions today start creating commitment that leads to bigger actions tomorrow. Today, you ask for a small favor, like designing a flyer or making a phone call. Later, you can ask for really big favors, like handling that awkward cleanup job when you find a severed foot caught in the rear door of your rental car. It happens all the time. That’s why this is called the “foot-in-the-door” technique.

Step #4: Recruit Others

Lastly, start recruiting others. The more people who are committed to your project, the more momentum you’ll gather. Give people your ideas and invite them to make the project even cooler and take it to the next level on their own.

When everyone feels ownership, you support each other if things don’t go well. When things do go well, everyone gets to be a star, and it’s all because you took the initiative.

Work Less, Do More, and have a Great Life!

Resources:

- https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/relationships/professional/how-to-ask-for-what-you-want – How to Ask for What You Want episode

- http://www.steverrobbins.com/getitdoneguy/128-jamie-kent-2.htm – Interview with Jamie Kent

- http://www.JamieKent.com – Jamie Kent’s music collective web page

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.