Are You Really An Entrepreneur?
I have found there are two kinds of people in the world: entrepreneurs and employees. Which are you?
Before you click away think long and hard, are you really cut out to work for yourself?
OK, now all you employees can click away, good bye!
Today I was walking with my neighbor and he couldn’t understand how I could work 7 days a week (yeah, I know you read the 4 hour work week, good luck with that). I explained that, while I work everyday, I don’t have to work at all. He gave me this wtf look and I had to snicker to myself.
You see, I have the discipline to work without a boss. Many of you do as well, but many of you, even those that own your own business, are just trading your time for the illusion of entrepreneurship.
My neighbor on the other hand likes stability, a check every two weeks, the gold watch when he retires. He is happy living the middle class dream. I have to admit, it is tempting. He comes home and he is done with work. Saturday and Sunday? Unlike me, they are days of relaxation for him, but why I snickered is my secret…
I don’t have to work.
Now, I am not going to lie to you (like many of the gurus claiming they do no work except cash checks). I work, a lot. In fact, my wife bugs the crap out of me because I don’t relax. The problem is, I do relax. My relaxation is creativity, and to be an entrepreneur you need to be creative. So, is doing what you love work? How about the fact that if I need to take a day off or leave in the middle of the day, like you I ask the boss. Oh wait, I am the boss, see ya!
An entrepreneurial mindset is not about tactics, rather it is about strategy. Just because you outsource everything doesn’t make you a strategist. In fact, this is so important that my next post will be on this difference. Most of you are great tacticians by necessity. You go from one fire to another, but a true entrepreneur is working on strategy. Ponder that for a while (until the next post).
Like many entrepreneurs, I have EADD. What the hell is that you ask? Entrepreneurs ADD, my mind goes a million miles an hour and if you are in one of my brainstorming sessions, keep up or get out of the way (Do you notice this post, it is a good example, I am thinking of 5 other posts to follow-up with this one).
How Many Irons Do You Have In The Fire?
I can’t slow down my thought process and for that reason I have a whole lot of projects in various states of completion (note, mostly incomplete). Why? Well, I love ideas, but get bored with implementation. So all of you employees that stuck around, I need you. This wasn’t meant to dis you, just make sure you are in the right place. I love employees, they work, they get paid, and as the Rhodes brothers said in a seminar (paraphrased), I put money in one end and get results out of the other. If everyone was an entrepreneur, no work would get done!
So now, if you read through this entire post, are you an entrepreneur, or an employee?