Did you hear the one about the chicken and a pig who were drinking in a bar one night when the chicken said: “Why don’t we go into business together? We could open a ham and egg restaurant.” “Not so fast,” said the pig. “For you, it’s just a day’s work. For me, it’s a matter of life and death.”
The chicken went to work every day, did its job and then went home. The pig however, went to work knowing that to be appreciated he would have to sacrifice everything. I’m constantly preaching to anyone who will listen the importance of understanding exactly, precisely what it means to be an entrepreneur. Far too many people start a business only to learn that knowing how to do something does not make you a business person. Most are fabulous “technicians” yet absolutely stink the place up as a business person. Just because you were a huge success in a corporate situation, doesn’t mean that you will be successful in an entrepreneurial landscape. It’s much different when you don’t have the money or support structure.
But here’s the skinny; Being an entrepreneur is not right for everyone. So, before you dive into something, drop the ego and ask yourself the hard questions, be honest with our answers and be perfectly sure that you’re willing to do what you need to do, when you need to do it, over and over and over again. Some people are ok with that, and they actually thrive on it, while others just need the security of clocking in, doing their job and clocking out. There is nothing wrong with either, just be sure which is right for you.
To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to have the mentality of the pig. When you’re putting your life, your time and your money into a business venture, it literally can be a decision that can have a lifetime effect on you, personally, professionally and financially. So, before you jump, be sure to be sure you’re willing to pay the price!