"Am I cut out to be an entrepreneur?"
I’ve asked myself that question at least 1,000 times since I started my first business...
I actually remember saying to my first business partner:
"I’ll never start another business again. I’m not cut out for this..."
5 years later here I am...running another business, doing some of the same I swore I’d never do again (but differently, I’ll get to that in a second).
Since then, I’ve learned a few things about what it means to be an "entrepreneur". (I put that in quotes because in the past 5 years my perception of what it means to be an entrepreneur has changed quite a bit.)
There are the "Elon Musk" entrepreneurs who successfully run MASSIVE companies, work 140 hours a week, send rockets into space and almost never stop moving. They have brilliant minds, innovate constantly and appear to have have NO fear.
Then, there are the rest of us...
The entrepreneurs who work quietly solving a specific problem for a specific niche, have a small (or no) team, don’t ever give interviews on TV, don’t give many (if any) talks/presentations...they are passionate about what they do and love their work.
Then there’s everything in between.
It took me a while to figure out where I fit in the "entrepreneurial spectrum."
It took me a while to figure out what my natural strengths were, and where I should spend the majority of my time so that my clients got great results and I felt fulfilled.
I realized that business was not the place for me to discover and strengthen my weaknesses.
If I’m not good at the analytical side of my business, I shouldn’t spend 3 years trying to strengthen my "weakness" so that I can do it better, I should just HIRE someone who’s better at it then me, who loves it, and have them do it for me.
The most important skill to develop in business is the skill of self awareness.
As I go through the process of discovering what I’m good at, where I thrive and what excites me, it starts to become clearer to me who I need to surround myself with so that I create the best results possible.
If we were to plop down on a couple of comfy leather chairs and have a chat for a few minutes about going from "entrepreneurial burn out" to "entrepreneurial bliss", here's what I would say:
When you start to focus on the RESULTS, as opposed to how you LOOK during the process, you’ll be more fulfilled in business, demand higher paying clients and really start to make a difference in your life and the lives of the people you serve.
As you discover your unique blend of natural talents, focus on them and surround yourself with people who compliment those things, you'll find yourself getting closer and closer to building your perfect life.
And achieving "entrepreneurial bliss."
Being an entrepreneur is hard, but it doesn’t mean you have to be unhappy, burned out or unfulfilled every day.
If you feel like this, you may need to make some adjustments...but when you start to uncover your natural talents, focus on that unique combination and surround yourself with people who compliment them, you might find yourself thinking, (maybe for the first time in a long time):
"So THIS is why I became an entrepreneur."