You’ve had that vision in your mind for years, and you’re ready to put it to the test. When it comes to passion and drive, you’ve got it in the bag. If anyone is ready to get this gig started, it’s you.
The question is…what now?
The difference between a dreamer and an entrepreneur lies in the ability to plan, create, develop, and advertise an original brand. If you’re starting out of your basement like I did in 1992, these tasks might sound a bit daunting. How do you take the first step in creating that original vision?
Perhaps you’re on the other end of the spectrum, and you’ve already begun the journey. Your business is up and running, you have employees on payroll, and your first client has been served. While you’ve reached your first goal of becoming a self-made man or woman, business is stagnant and company culture remains anything but energized. Profits are low, your core values are becoming a bit murky, and your original vision seems a bit far-fetched. When you get out of bed in the morning, you sometimes wonder why you began this journey at all.
The truth is, I’ve been in each of these scenarios at some point in my career. While these moments are inevitable for every business owner, a true entrepreneur possesses a few characteristics that allow him/her to drive headfirst out of a slump with a vigorous plan for action. This individual is able to establish and develop victorious departments in the most impossible circumstances with strategy, prowess, and sound judgment from every angle. S/he understands the ins and outs of running a successful organization and applies those theories to the developing business.
Most of all, this individual knows when professional expertise is required. The most successful entrepreneurs on the planet have sought the professional advice of those who came before them – and for good reason. In fact, a wise individual once said, “If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room!”
Will you take that first step and invite me into your board room today?
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