Being an entrepreneur is an exciting title and one that all who hold it, quite rightly do so with a sense of pride. And for many years that feeling carries us through the days when we only have ten dollars in the bank; it makes the toughest days ok; it helps us laugh when we really should be in the corner on the floor. For most business owners this is why we get up every day and see what adventure the day has in stall for us, and we love it!!
So, when did the feeling of being an entrepreneur fade? When did you become a business owner and no longer an entrepreneur? Well, it seems to us that this switch occurs when owners feel they are no longer building something; when it has turned into a job; and when owners spend more time working in their business than working on it.
The realisation of this situation can be extremely enlightening. Unfortunately, a lot of business owners take years to reach the point where they realise they’ve fallen a little out of love with what they created and it’s time to take a moment to sit back and review what they’ve achieved; consider where they are now; and decide what the future will look like.
If you are a business owner, have you reached this point?
If you have been through it, congratulations, I hope you are again reinvigorated for your creation and are looking to the future with renewed passion based on the path you have chosen for your business – growth, exit, or sale.
If you are currently standing at the edge of this consciousness – get ready to enjoy the ride! This can be a very exciting time for you. Of course it’s no picnic – there are some really difficult questions you will need to answer and some major challenges you will need to face. You must be ready for change and open to seeking input from people who don’t love your business like you do, but their input is necessary to give you a fresh perspective; to help you see the future clearly; and for you to be in a place to embrace change.