24 Jul Entrepreneur Life! Are you Living The Life?
Entrepreneur life…I am always battling with a balance between work and family. My two year old has now developed her little personality and has become very demanding of her daddy’s time and attention, which means for me – no work. While I willingly put aside my computer or turn off my iPhone at her request and enjoy the precious moments, I constantly sneak seconds away to answer an email, purchase a domain, or send a message. Guilty as charged.
In my limited spare time, dedicated to self help, I peruse The Entrepreneur online content. I came across this interesting read, published by Steve Tobac, who writes about seven things great entrepreneurs don’t do. I hope it helps you on your journey. As he states, being an entrepreneur is not for all of us, and it is better you figure it out sooner rather than millions of dollars and years later.
Here is the list. Where do you fit in? Are you living that entrepreneur life?
1. They don’t think about work-life balance.
They’re mostly workaholics. What that means is their work comes first. It’s what they live for. They’re not freewheeling, fun-loving people who live for the weekend. They live to do what they love, and that’s work.
2. They don’t try to be what they’re not.
Probably the most damaging business myth to come along in decades is personal branding. You are not a product, and you can’t change who you are. Besides, real entrepreneurs don’t think about themselves. They think about their ideas and how to turn them into great products and services. And they deliver.
3. An Entrepreneur does it for the money.
They don’t whine about how hard they work for peanuts. They just do it. And because they’re passionate about what they do and focused like a laser beam, the money eventually comes, big-time.
4. An Entrepreneur doesn’t have a day job.
Great entrepreneurs don’t just dip their toes in the water. They jump in headfirst without a thought about the rocks below. They don’t do a little of this and a little of that. When they hit on something they think is really cool and exciting, they go all in.
5. An Entrepreneur doesn’t give in to fear.
They don’t pay attention to those voices in their heads – you know, the ones that haunt you with everything that can go wrong. They’re not fearless, mind you. Nobody is. They just don’t let their fear stop them from taking risks. They do listen to some voices, though: the voice of reason and their instincts.
6. They don’t have grand visions.
While some do have grand delusions that they’re destined for greatness – a prophecy that’s often self-fulfilling, interestingly enough – for the most part, they generally don’t have grand visions for their companies. Zuckerberg, for example, wasn’t trying to create a company. He just wanted to rate the looks of fellow classmates.
7. An Entrepreneur doesn’t have a virtual mentor.
Most people follow all sorts of writers, bloggers and tweeters these days. That’s fine, but to get somewhere in life, to do great things, you have to have real mentors in the real world. Former Intel chairman Andy Grove mentored Steve Jobs. Jobs, in turn, advised Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Behind every great entrepreneur is at least one great mentor. A real one.
So there you have it, or do you? Irregardless of what is stated in his article, always stay true to yourself and listen to that voice of reason. Not being an entrepreneur is not the end of the world. Not everyone are lawyers, doctors, janitors or pilots or in this case, entrepreneurs. Good luck on your life’s journey and what ever you do, just always remember to have fun doing it.