Friday, August 19, 2011

Nothing happens unless you do it.

Nothing happens unless you do it.

It's a simple truth, but hard for first-time entrepreneurs to grasp, largely because much of the world works hard to conceal it.

To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to unlearn the lessons of childhood, school, and working for big organizations.

In each of those situations, a lot of stuff just happens magically.

As a child, meals and presents magically appear, while messes mysteriously disappear.

In school, you're given homework and told what to do, and provided you don't bring weapons to school, you probably move on to the next grade at the end of the year.

At a big company, you might not even see your customers for years on end, yet money magically shows up in your back account every two weeks.

When you're an entrepreneur, none of that is true. Nothing happens unless you do it, which means time is your enemy, not your friend.

Yet while this realization is bad for peace of mind, it's also empowering.

If nothing happens unless you do it, it also means that everything happens because you do it.


John J. Walters said...
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John J. Walters said...

I love this post. This is a great (yet simple) way of expressing something I've felt since beginning work for Wasabi. In the "real world" you are given a pay check for fulfilling a task that someone has decided is essential. As an entrepreneur, things are so much less clear-cut. You only advance if you deserve to, and the market is an unflinching judge.

Chris said...

The market giveth, and the market taketh away. Getting paid regularly is a luxury most people don't really appreciate!