Entrepreneurs are a little better, a little smarter, a little more naturally endowed with the attributes of a winner than most people. They are more handsome, they are taller and thinner, they have more time than you, and their life is perfect. If you believe that…well you know how the old saying goes. Perfection? I laugh at the notion. Why just yesterday I CC’d all of my Outlook contacts on an email that was intended for a specific group of associates and spent the next 3 hours explaining to people that the email was not intended for them (I hope to be laughing about that one in a few weeks).
The fact is that most entrepreneurs are more like you than you could ever imagine. We started our small businesses because something happened to us not for us. We are refugees from corporate, either by choice or by force, and we’ve have decided that we are not going back. We don’t walk around in a in a red cape and tights or swing majestically from building to building saving the world. In most cases, we get up in the morning and go to work just like everyone else. Some days we dread it, some days we love it. Some days we want to call in sick and some days we walk in with bells on. There are deadlines, customer complaints, shortages, overages, successes and failures. We were absolutely scared to death the first time and every time thereafter that we started or bought a business.
I have a meeting with the CEO of my company every single morning when I look in the mirror. Sometimes he’s pleased with my performance and sometimes he’s not, but one thing that separates our meetings from the ones that I had in the corporate world, is that today, tomorrow, and everyday moving forward, we can decide to do something that will make an impactful and measurable difference to our shareholders (who were also at the mirror meeting).
I guess what I’m trying to say is that most entrepreneurs are, in essence, you……two or three layoffs from now. They are not perfect, far from it, they probably strike out more than the average person, but they keep getting in the batter’s box and taking swings. And when they hit a homerun, it’s THEIR homerun! Are you in the game?