When you’re on the outside looking in, there’s something so romantic about entrepreneurship.
I get “the question” all the time: What does it take to be an entrepreneur?
Depending on the person asking or the time of day, it may be asked with a high degree of I-really-want-to-know or a large amount of please-I-am-only-making-conversation.
And then there is my friend Joe. Let me give you a little of the skinny on Joe.
Joe has a job in a Statutory Corporation at which he excels in being late almost every day. His productivity level has been a remarkable 15% of his capability for the last 8 years. Moreover, he has dedicated himself to being sick on all of the statutory sick days.
Last week, Joe told me he was quitting his job and “coming out there and working like you!”
What! Joe? An entrepreneur? He should be the very one who should be asking me: Lorna, what does it take to be an entrepreneur?
Oh no! This will never do! So I had to write Joe with the answer to the question he never asked. I don’t think he would mind if I share his letter with you.
Before I share, I want to tell you that I’ve created a really cool report called Moving from Corporation to Entrepreneur where you can also find my letter to Joe.
Here is my letter to Joe – potential entrepreneur:
Remain exactly where you are! Because working like me requires an attitude you will not get any time soon.
As an entrepreneur you will realise the true meaning of a seamless week. Try telling your creditors that you passed up an opportunity worth $15,000 because you do not work on Sundays.
My definition of a bank holiday is the day on which I deposit the income from my hard work in the bank.
Joe, as an entrepreneur, I wake up consistently at 5:30 a.m. every morning, let out the dog, do my 10+10 + spirituality exercise and do something to market my businesses.
Yeah Joe, then I brush my teeth and shower and I’m ready for your world by 8:30 a.m.
I negotiate my way through everything using superior communication skills and whether I like it or not, I have to market, market and market myself, my business, my products, my services.
That’s the entrepreneurial lifestyle, Joe ! So the big question you should ask me is: What does it take to be an entrepreneur?
You see Joe, when I had a regular job, I worked hard at it. I sometimes got to work at 6:45 a.m. and in my mind my job description just had the word “employee” on it.
Joe, I volunteered to do things that were not on that job description but from which I could learn new skills.
Then I learnt how to be a team player and when I got the opportunity to lead a team, I was prepared to expose my weaknesses to improve my strengths.
I developed the habit of doing what it takes to complete an assignment and I deliberately would seek out criticism and feedback on my performance while at the same time learning how to navigate the “political” raindrops without getting wet.
These are now the very things that I depend on to keep me grounded when things get rough as they invariably do.
Now I’m asking you Joe…do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
If you’re just like Joe, read my letter to Joe again.
You don’t have to have all your ducks in a row before you begin your journey as an entrepreneur but at least give some thought to the question:
What does it take to be an entrepreneur?
To your entrepreneurial success…