Building the plane while it’s in the air
For those that dream of having their own business, I salute you and encourage you to go for it. Create a business plan, if you choose. But just remember, that no matter how long and thoughtful your business plan, be prepared that things may not go as planned. Actually, I can pretty much guarantee it. You’ll need to change and adapt many times during your startup phase. And even after you’ve been established for years, you’ll still need to change and adapt as the market continues to evolve and change. This is why many entrepreneurs feel like they’re constantly building the plane while they’re flying it.
Getting punched in the face
For a different perspective, here’s what entrepreneurship also feels like: getting punched in the face. Or the gut. Really. It doesn’t happen all the time, but if you’re not ready for it, it hurts. These punches come from a business weakness, external threat, or a combination of both. Business is a battle for market share. In business, there is always some level of competition. You can plan all you want for this battle, but like the great boxer Mike Tyson said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face”. In battle, things can get very chaotic very quickly. It helps to prepare, but even the best fighters get punched in the face eventually. Just remember, Pros bounce back.
Why we do this?
Sometimes I feel like I’ve been cursed by having the entrepreneurial bug. Every once in a while I dream of having a safe, stable job. Clocking in, clocking out, living for the weekends and paid vacation days, leaving the profit and loss worries to someone else. Why do I keep subjecting myself to torture? It’s because of hope. Hope that one day I’ll have freedom, control, flexibility, opportunity to learn and gain knowledge, thrill, adventure, potential earnings, creating jobs, improving the economy, improving the world. I’ve had a taste of this…and it really is amazing. But I can’t keep it in autopilot. I need to keep building the plane while it’s in the air.
I’d love to hear from you
Do you feel like you’re building the plane while it’s in the air? Please share your experience and what it feels like for you! If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, what do you wish to gain most from owning your own business?