Before I started the company in September, I received a call from a good business friend, we will call him Dave, (because that is his name) and one day laughing he told me that I was the busiest unemployed guy he knew. I was already working on ideas of what to do, and I was helping a couple of people with ideas, no charge.
Dave, in his infinite wisdom, was correct. At that time, I was still unemployed and had not really decided what I was going to do and I was constantly busy. That is what happens when you are used to being a self-starter. My wife would go crazy on me because I would wake up at 5 or 540 and start figuring out how I was going to spend my day at home and supposedly without doing anything. I failed miserably at being unemployed. Can’t stand still!
Anyway, I was thinking about that today because this week was one of those weeks that I was real busy, applied myself and then finished most of what I had pending in really good time. But then it happened, now what do I do? This is where being an over-thinker and can’t stand still really helps. I started thinking about a particular project I was developing and I can see that the results are not going to be as expected, so I thought out of the box, applied myself and started acting on impulse and instinct and lord and behold, a problem, became an opportunity and the opportunity became a great solution. I am looking very much forward to this new business we just got.
You have to think on your feet and be always ready to pounce on opportunity. You have to believe that your instinct is correct. You can’t force deals, it called in statistics over-fitting. You mess with a model too much and it becomes too perfect, and then it does not work. Deals are like that too, if you tinker with them too much and try to make it work, it is destined to fail. If a deal is difficult, then work at it, but don’t over fit it. When you recognize that is time to let loose of your anchors and sail again into uncharted waters, but with the business impulse pushing you and the personal instinct pulling you, you will be able to come out dry after going thru a waterfall.
Believe in yourself and believe in your experience. And as Dave told me keep busy even if you are not getting paid, because eventually you will get handsomely rewarded
Keep calm and stay humble
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