It is the simplest way to say it...The line that gets you over the hurdle of starting a business. Other people have the ability to use what they know and love to start a business and make loads of money while owning something they have created. Doesn't that sound like something more people would be doing? I think I have discovered why. According to Rob Adams, Author of "If You Build It Will They Come: Three Steps to Test and Validate Any Market Opportunity", over 99 per cent of new businesses fail. Some fail because they did not do their market research and their idea fails. Others don't succeed, not because the idea wasn't great, but because they probably had no business sense.
I get worried that my business might fail because my ideas are too big for just me. I love the management aspect and the creativity of doing everything from scratch, but I keep thinking tomorrow is the day, the day my business will be a huge success. Tomorrow I will be employing 25 people and I will own 15 properties around the world. Obviously I know it is not going to happen over night. Truthfully, I love where my business is at today, I have used my network and skills to get here.
However there are some days that are more difficult than others. The days when things get hard. Everything about being a business owner challenges you instead of motivating you. That is when you have to look around and enjoy where you are. Someone else has been through the hard patch and has come out the other end pretty successfully. So, if they did it with their business I am sure I can do it with mine. Don't worry about doing it better, just focus on what needs to be done and do it. They only one who can make my business a success is me.
I'm not just spewing out words. Honestly I have never put it "on paper" before, and by doing so, I am ready to go full speed ahead. I recently had a catering job for 200 people and I had one of those hard days right before I had to kick it into high gear. I baked enough lemon cake to feed 100, took them out of the oven and.....let's just say, they didn't work out. No biggy, I thought at the time, "this happens, I'll just use a different recipe, right?" The next day I made less cake with a new recipe...50 min later....they came out worse than the day before. It was still not even a big deal, but it just started to make me think that everything that I was going to do for that event is going to mess up! One thought led to the next and I was too nervous to even go to the grocery store. Sounds like I was freaking out right? It was OK because I stopped and realized that I am where I am because I know what I am doing. Something is bound to go wrong. It is NEVER going to happen as you imagine or expect it will. It's how you get yourself over the hurdle that separates you, me and even that guy from everyone else.