By Jeff Haden
Entrepreneurs do what they do for reasons most people will never understand–unless they’re also entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship is hard, both physically and emotionally. Doubt, anxiety, despair–along the way, every entrepreneur struggles with those feelings.
So why are entrepreneurs willing to face the vulnerability, the emotional ups and downs, and the risk of public and private failure?
Easy. They have no choice. For entrepreneurs:
1. The voice in their heads is louder than every other voice they hear. Others may doubt. Others may criticize. Others may judge and disparage and disapprove.
You don’t care. You see all those opinions for what they are: not right, not wrong, just data. So you sift through that data for the actual nuggets you can use. The rest you ignore.
Why? You may respect the opinions of others but you believe in your ideas, your abilities, your will and perseverance and dedication. You believe in yourself. And that makes you want to live your life your way and not anyone else’s way.
2. They believe that how they play the game truly is more important than whether they win or lose. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’d rather fail on your own terms than succeed on someone else’s. You’d rather reach for your own future than have your future lie in someone else’s hands. You feel it’s better to burn out than to fade away.
Sure, you want to win. You’re driven to win. But you want to change the rules, create your own playing field, and win the game you want to play–because winning a game in a way you’re forced to play would still feel like losing.
3. They don’t make choices–they create choices. Most people simply choose from Column A or Column B. Entrepreneurs glance at A and B and then often create their own Column C.
Every time you want to make any important decision, there are two possible courses of action. You can look at the array of choices that present themselves, pick the best available option, and try to make it fit.
Or, you can do what the true entrepreneur does: Figure out the best conceivable option and then make it available.
And that’s why they often accomplish the inconceivable–because to entrepreneurs, that word truly doesn’t mean what everyone else thinks it means.
Workplace love can be magical–or a complete disaster
Kevin and Tammy Jackson first noticed each other while working for a large telecommunications company in Dallas, Texas. Kevin was a mid-level executive in charge of running an IT support team, while Tammy worked as a technology analyst. The two worked together for about two years within the same group, but never in a superior/subordinate capacity.
Kevin personally acknowledged his immediate attraction to Tammy, but made a decision not to pursue her to be in compliance with the code of ethics regarding workplace relationships. He didn’t want to risk his job and career in pursuit of the unknown, but had a special feeling about Tammy.
The two were able to build a solid rapport in casual work interaction, and on special projects within their group. Even through their arms-length relationship, there was an ever-increasing curiosity in the minds of both.