Saturday, August 4, 2012

Riding The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster

  Are you still thinking about starting your own business?

Take a lesson from Nike and just do it! Doesn't matter if the business is successful or not; failure will provide you with greater business lessons than any class, and you will be more educated (and experienced) on how to make your next venture succeed - should you choose to pursue one.

Serial entrepreneurs, as they are are called, enroll into the school of hardknocks and often graduate as millionaires. Those who don't become valedictorians of the employee class, and develop an advantageous perspective on what it takes to make a company work, and prosper; enabling them to have a deeper understanding, and a greater appreciation, of companies that thrive.

Ask anyone who has their own business and they will tell you that being self-employed makes working for others seem like a vacation. In fact, I know people who have closed their businesses and went back to work for others, just to get some rest. Your company will demand more from you than your most demanding boss. It's ironic considering that YOU will be the boss.

Then there's the growth element. Since 80% of the work we do as employees only requires the utilization of 20% of our skills and talents, you have to wonder, "What am I doing with the skills and talents that my job does not require me to use?" That will never be the case with your own company. You will be challenged - truly challenged - to expand your comfort zone daily.

I leave you with the words of Neale Donald Walsch..."Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Take the entrepreneur roller coaster ride - no matter for how short, long, big, or small of an adventure - if only for the growth opportunities it holds. You will be glad you did.

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