Newcastle was lucky enough to have it's first ever TEDx Newy event on Saturday. The speakers were diverse as were the topics. But by far the standout for me was Marcus Westbury (@unsungsongs).

For those of you unfamiliar with Marcus work in Newcastle you can check out Renew Newcastle here But back to why Marcus was the standout for me.

Marcus, like many other business owners or want to be business owners was met with that word we all love so much....NO. His ideas in his younger days seemed to get nothing but road blocks....and well NO. But when you are passionate about something you don't just give up. You work at solving the problem. So the message from Marcus was clear. If you really are passionate about something, work out how you can scoot your way around the No's and just DO it.

Renew Newcastle is really a case as a business owner you should look at. Like many of the new technology start-ups Renew was started on the smell of an oily rag to quote Marcus. It was started on Passion. A passion to succeed and a passion to change the norm of how things were done. The end plan or goal was very clear. And the bumps in between have been learning curves to discover what works and what doesn't.

So how does this apply to your business? What are you passionate about? Are you channelling your passion? How can you creatively look at your business or your idea just like Renew Newcastle has? What else can you learn from people who are jumping in and giving it a go?

What will you discover today that works by DOING?