Rough Draft Moves Advance You As An Entrepreneur

 “Rough draft moves” enabled me to achieve success multiple times.


I’ve built two large real estate companies and an education company — and two of those successes were right after filing bankruptcy. After disscecting all of my achievements, I’ve realized my achievements have all come down to rough draft moves. Whether we know it or not, many of us have made a series of rough draft moves that have opened doors and led us to where we are today.


“Rough draft moves” are essential to an entrepreneur’s success


So, what are rough draft moves? They’re the actions that come between the steps I call “pre-action analysis” and “post-action analysis.”

Most people get caught up in the pre-action analysis which is, at its core, analyzing nothing more than a series of thoughts bouncing around in the brain, when there’s no actual, real-world data to assess. Most people are at a stand-still before they truly begin.

Rough draft moves pierce the imaginary scenarios, the what-ifs, and the planning, and instead, make a dent in the real world application of your idea. They are actions you take toward your goal, even before you know everything you need to or will come to know. These moves are real, rather than plans on a whiteboard or spreadsheet. After making rough draft moves, you now have actual events that you can analyze with real data.

Next, in “post-action analysis,” you can assess what actually happened, instead of what could have happened. Outcome assumptions and predictions are used to make but ultimately are just guesses.

Making the move is what gives you the information you need. And here’s the great part:

Maybe 90 percent of your first rough draft move was terrible and didn’t work, but there was 10 percent that made some small result. Now you have a small “success seed” that you can build off of that has been proven in the real world. From there, you simply make another rough draft move, and then another and keep building quickly.


Rough draft moves allow you to weed out what doesn’t work


Keep the ideas that do and move forward with an expanded view and consciousness in your entrepreneurial journey. Doors can open that you didn’t know existed. Here’s an example of how rough draft moves helped me achieve a goal:


I wrote my second book, called Success From Scratch: Mental Strategies for Success in a Survival of the Fittest Environment. The problem is that I am not naturally a good writer. I have a lot to share, but staring at a blank page and a keyboard is paralyzing to me. In “pre-action analysis,” I decided that, since I love to talk, I could try to speak a chapter into a microphone and transcribe it to shortcut the writing a little bit. That was the rough draft move. I didn’t really expect much other than maybe slightly less writing time. I didn’t have a big plan or mapped-out script of what to say; I just reviewed a few bullet points and rolled with it.


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