Becoming an entrepreneur takes guts. Instead of sitting on the sidelines and watching, you’re actually stepping onto the field and taking up the challenge. The challenge to attempt something big!
You’re always going to have self doubt. We’re human. The key is to take the doubt, acknowledge it and then lock it away. Spend your energy and focus on your mission which should be building a successful business.
Almost everyone wants the shortcut to success. They want to “hack” their way to results without having to go through the long slog it takes to figure out the way forward. For those of you looking for a few nuggets, here you go!
The role of the CEO has always been split between management and leadership. In the past, however, the emphasis tended to be on management. The CEO set the goals, developed the strategies, and kept an eye on the competition while serving as the public face of the company.
If you’re going to start a company, chances are you won’t get funding and you’ll have to do it on your own. Yes, that’s right. You’re going to have to put your own money in and risk it all. So what are some tips when your own money is on the line?
It was just a regular spring evening around 1997 and I was getting ready to relax and watch some mindless TV when I got the call.
From my perspective when you need to ramp up sales, you first and foremost need to have an active pipeline. If your pipeline of leads is empty that’s a big problem.
When you wake up each day, get excited about what you want to accomplish. Every day is a new start and a chance to make a difference. Don’t let the day control you. Get out and make something good happen. Don't focus on what you could have done yesterday but instead focus on what you will do today.
If you knew the truth of how hard it is, you’d probably run away fast as you can. What?!! Why would a guy like me say such a thing? Well, today we live in a world where many feel entitled to success without having to do much of anything.
I wanted to share this little nugget I found in my diary from 2005 of a typical day after building my company for just two years. It’s now 13 years later and my company is bigger than ever but it was the daily emotions like this you have to battle.
2:30 am, 4:00 am, cryotherapy, ice baths, grueling iron sessions. You name it, somebody is doing it. The morning routine of superhuman celebrity gods and the fitness gurus who inhabit the domain of Instagram, Facebook and the rest of social media remind us that while we are tucked in our warm blankets, someone else is out there getting a jump on the day.
Becoming an entrepreneur simply isn’t for everyone and you know what, that’s okay! Nobody should ever feel pressured to become something they don’t have the drive and ambition to go after.
All too often an entrepreneur can get so excited about their venture that they make quick and fast decisions to move ahead. See, when you are growing fast you have to fill departments to cover for everything you can’t do personally.
The dream of building a business is not for everyone. Those who have been employed at a “big company” will have to hit the reset button in their thinking. Experience working in the corporate world does not necessarily translate into success as an entrepreneur.
Last week, I had the opportunity to go on the Hack The Entrepreneur podcast. I had a great time talking about the entrepreneur lifestyle and how the real Victory is in the journey.
Here’s the deal. As a CEO you need a general working knowledge of sales, strategy, finance, marketing, etc. but you don’t have to know it all. You have to be able to put great teams together that can execute your vision.
Nobody likes to talk about the tough parts of building a company. It's not the fun stuff. It's not the glamorous stories you see in magazines on the shelf, but the reality as in most things is much different.