"You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned!"
Words from Yoda that ring true whether seeking to become a successful Jedi warrior or a leading business person. We are products of our environment, our life, and work experiences.
Sometimes those experiences are of great help in starting and running a small business. Sometimes, not so. But in any case, you need to understand that and determine the habits or attitudes that may be roadblocks to your success as an entrepreneur.
Identify learned habits that will hold you back from entrepreneurial successOn a personal level, where how you grew up, your family size, and socio-economic situation drive a lot of how you act and think. Similarly, on a professional level, where you have worked (company and relative size) and for whom (the culture and environment) drive a lot of your professional behavior and thinking.
For example, growing up as an only child, the concept of sharing might need to be learned, as opposed to in a large family, where it exists as a matter of course. If you grew up in an upper-scale environment, you might have a sense of privilege and never faced real adversity. On the other hand, growing up lower-middle class, difficulty may have been the norm.
When it comes to business, the same things holds true.
If you came from a big company, you had the security of knowing that your paycheck would be there every 15th and 30th of the month. Administrative things like travel arrangements or ordering supplies simply "got done" by somebody.
Most typically, you learned a lot about covering a***s through mind-numbing process and procedures, and it was almost impossible to get any decision made without multi-layers of committees and decision-makers.
From this platform, becoming an entrepreneur will be like having a bucket of ice-cold water dumped on your head.
As the owner, at least, until the business gets traction, regular paychecks may be non-existent. Travel arrangements won't get made unless you do them. Supplies won't simply be in the closet down the hall (unless, of course, you bought them and put them there). All heavy-duty process will do is slow down progress.
And finally, all the crucial decisions get done solely by the person staring back at you in the mirror...and that's the only a** that matters!
If you enter into an entrepreneurial environment without understanding and accepting these "facts of life," you'll make yourself crazy and soon find yourself out of business.
On the other hand, if security doesn't matter as much as the freedom you have as an entrepreneur. And if you don't mind having to do things for yourself that others have done for you for years (and you might even think you could do better). Or if the mind-numbing processes and glacier-like decision cycles have been frustrating you to tears, then maybe, perhaps, you're ready to change.
It could be you're ready for the challenges the entrepreneurial life can bring...and the potential success that it can promise.
For entrepreneurial success, learn what you need. Unlearn what you don't!
"The Entrepreneur's Yoda" knows these things. He's been there. May success be with you!
Portrait photo by Daniel X. O'neil, black and white portrait action applied.