Entrepreneurship. Whew! It’s even a big word to spell. It’s complicated, it’s scary and at the same time it can be fun as hell (kind of like a first date). I think most of us that define ourselves as being an ‘entrepreneur’ fall into accidentally. Sure, we have visions of freedom- freedom to work when we want, where we want and with who we want. We dream that ‘if only’ we had our own business we could spend time with our family, time with our friends – time for ourselves.
Then, one day, we wake up from our “Entrepreneurial Seizure” – thanks to Michael Gerber for that quote and realize, Holy cow, I have a business. I have to come up with a plan, a plan for marketing, a plan for advertising, a plan for Research and Development, a plan for a budget, a plan for this and that. In exhaustion, we either run like hell, bury our heads in the day to day activities of our business or we take the proverbial ‘bull by the horns’ and decide to embrace the role of being an Entrepreneur.
What exactly is that role? For me, it was to realize that there are certain things that I am great at. And, there are some things that I am SO not good at. So, I started assembling my team. Next, writing the plan down and bit by bit, step by baby step, implementing the plan. Taking action!!
I love the phrase if you fail to plan, then you will plan to fail!! But, after trying to live that mantra for so long I had my ‘ah ha’ light bulb moment. I can plan all I want (and I am VERY good at that)…….but if I do not put some of those plans into action- well, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what happens with that!!!
So, for all of you newbies out there…. you need a plan. But, you need to act too!!
Today is the day! You can do it!!