How being Desperado helps get your Entrepreneurial A** in Gear
I was having a conversation the other day with a good friend of mine who's also an entrepreneur on the topic of risk. We shared the toils, ups and downs, tears, the deals that fell apart at the last hour, sacrifices and successes of being an entrepreneur and we both concluded that it's when you jump in the pool, you discover what you're truly made of.
Yup, being desperado helps get your entrepreneurial A** in gear. You better believe it!
Take myself for example. When I started my Executive Search BIZ, I poured all my savings into buying my first home, ended a long term relationship, left the company I worked for and risked it all to start my first business.
It was totally a sink or swim “Situation” and I've gotta' tell you that my desperation to make sure that the mortgage was paid, fuelled my desire to succeed and have “Laser” focus.
I cannot tell you how many gourmet, tuna recipes I've concocted on the way to success, the countless times that I made a complete bee line turn past Holt Renfrew and threw my passion for fashion to the wayside all in the name of sacrifice.
Oh and temptation is a mutha'. But I had a vision and sacrifices had to be made, period. I often wonder if had I of been backed up in a corner would I have been able to focus, because in truth, I have a high “Fun” quotient, and in all honesty, focus is something I struggled with for many years.
But, with no security blanket to fall back on, I became an adrenaline “Junkie” that refused to quit at all costs. It was this fierce, intentionality that kept myself and my business afloat for so many years.
This might sting for a bit, but I believe that sometimes comfort makes us lazy.
Eek! I know but it's true.
So here's the thing. You've gotta' have an idea of who you “Really Are” meaning, you have to acknowledge and accept your strengths, weaknesses & blindspots in order to function at your highest capacity. And, if you're fortunate enough to be graced by the presence of a mentor in life who has the courage to “Call you out” on your stuff, then all the better.
Here's the truth of the matter.
“You can't have one foot in the circle and one out for you bear the risk of becoming a “Jill of all trades” and a master at none.”
You see, focus is like a magnifying glass meaning, that the more you place all of your attention and efforts in one spot, is the more you will expand. And, I've also learnt that you must be willing to do “Hard” things for it is the only way for you to stretch.
Now don't get me wrong, sometimes we may need a buffer when making a transition, oh yes, “Cash flow is Queen baby”, I get it, we've all been there. However, I would urge you to not get too comfortable for fear that your fire dwindles and you become complacent.
So here's my final thought.
“It is when we have the courage to let go of everything, that everything becomes possible. Venturing into the unknown quite frankly is the is the only way we learn and pressure is the place where diamonds are formed.”
And so, if you're feeling apprehensive about taking that leap of faith and going after your dreams always remember that action is faith in motion.
Be brave. Be fierce. Be fabulous.
BIO: Abby McDonald has coached and interviewed many people over the past 13 years in the Executive Search business and has developed a love and passion for helping women to discover who they “Really Are” in both their Life & Career. Her latest business venture is www.talkwithabby.com, a spiritually infused, inspirational site offering Life & Career coaching services as well as providing a platform for Advice for those who seek it.
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