When entrepreneurs have things they must do, they always find a way. There is a lot of chatter right now in blogs and internet articles about a small controversy going on between the two presidential candidates and the qualities of entrepreneurship.
So many will start arguments over something a political servant tells us. Most of them come from those who are members of the opposite party. This post today is not about a political statement; it is about the effort or the spirit that comes with a title entrepreneur.
Around our house, I am the entrepreneur, but my wife is also. We work hard getting done whatever needs to be done. In some cases that includes working until midnight or later to get a project done. We both put in long hours and then are handed something that must have immediate attention about the time most people head home for the night and say “I’ll get to it tomorrow.”
I remember back 20 years ago when I first started to study small business. I always heard that small business owners work long past their employees; most are at the office before everyone else and late in the evening when their employees have already gone home to get a beer. Well, that is me this week. In preparation for this week’s RockStar Life Seminar, I have been putting in the long hours getting the PowerPoint presentation ready; finding the right food for the VIP lunch; making sure that things like sound and seating are set up the way I like; making arrangements for our guest presenters.
Through all of this, I still have to get phone time in with some of my clients, and face time in with others who need coaching. I know you are reading this saying, “Yeah, and you are trying to sell me on this entrepreneur idea. It’s not very appealing.” But when you’re doing the work for your own business, it is extremely satisfying to see your hard work pay off.
This has been my life since I stepped into adulthood. One of my employers many years ago told to me work at my job running his gas station like I owned it; he wanted me to think of the expense of what was involved before I made a careless choice with my time or his business.
With that mindset and spirit I have been offered jobs even when I was not looking for them. Now that I do not work a job anymore, I still get offers and it’s easy to turn them down. But that work ethic has stayed with me over the years.
If you want to set up your life so you never have to look for work, then you must have that “Get ‘er done” spirit. I know that’s a funny line that Larry, the Cable Guy uses, but it’s something that makes your world so much better when you get to the work and don’t put it off.
So today, when it gets hard to look at all you have to get done, think of the reason they asked you to do it: you are known for getting it done. Take it as the compliment that it is and realize you’re the RockStar in the room.