Well, it’s Week 2, and I have been thinking long and hard about what we will discuss today, and I will share with you about something that I really believe is necessary for any entrepreneur: A 53 point steps to success plan!. Nah, that is just too boring, let’s talk about something more real…..fear.
This blog’s purpose is simple: we want to share with you the why’s of our decision to become independent business owners. Nothing wrong with working for a company, in fact, more than likely we will have people working with us soon, hopefully, as the business requires it. No, the challenge is HOW do we make a difference in our lives, our partners (employees) lives and our community. We mentioned in the last post about our desire to have our partners and us as well work only 4 days a week and get to a point after 5 years of all of us working at 183 days and not working 182 days (we luck out on the leap year!)
We are convinced that business will be hard and not too pleasing at the outset. I have received so many well wishes that it is comforting to see how many honest and well-intentioned people I know, but I do not kid myself, this is not easy and the road gets very steep especially at the initiation of any venture such as this. There will be a lot of no’s when you are used to hearing a lot of yes, there will be a lot of penny-pinching dollar spending dilemmas and clichés and there will be, certainly a lot of people who do not want to carry us as we begin. It is completely understandable and we have to be ready mentally, right?. The problem is that theory works really good on paper and not as easy in practice. Rejection, Expenses and Interests add up quickly against your self-confidence and your budget, so what to do…..
I have come to the conclusion that we need to be prepared to just say, screw it, I don’t care and nothing happened. I am beginning to understand that a short-term memory is not such a bad thing and that the thick skin developed in over 20 years of business, goes away as soon as your financial backing is gone. You feel secure because you have huge pockets behind you and your check is safe, but when you are on your own, it is not that simple, right…?
So, what to do….? Cry, scream, laugh, ignore, hate, love….. I think that the answer is one that I have always used in my life, Time is a good friend! If we let things come and play out, without forcing them, we might be a little bit better prepared to deal with them. As an entrepreneur you need to hurry up though, but as a smart business person, you have to let things play its course, if you hurry them up too much, you miss the timing and the natural evolution of projects. So the main lesson today is “Patience Grasshopper, Patience.”
Keep calm and stay humble. See you next time…