Just finished a great read on motivation and inspiration for young entrepreneurs.. You donít have to be young to take something from what im about to say. Were all in the same boat here, majority of us on any of these boards have a small company (under 20 employees) and most CEO/owners are on the job daily and strive to see their business prosper in times of hardship. When times get tough, its not the time to sit back and let things run their course. A lot of people have been asking, how did you get there? How do you get jobs? Is it all from the internet? Werenít you scared to start your own company and not finish your last year of school?
Its called getting uncomfortable, I mean uncomfortable like how you would feel on the night of your first prom, maybe the day of your wedding where you have that pit in your stomach. With risk comes reward. Everyone asks how did you just leave school and start a company? Well it wasnít that simple, or easy. I started out real young in the business world by simply cutting the neighbors lawns, as the years went on those few lawns doubled, then tripled then quadrupled, it got to the point it was time to take the next step and incorporate the company. This was a long and slow process which gradually got my feet wet as I moved through college.
While attending college and running my landscaping company , I worked as a beach stand operator ( run around and put umbrellas up for old ladies) not a bad gig! After that I worked for a commercial crane company as a rigger, this job was 100 miles away but I needed the business experience and the days of the week allowed me to continue to run my landscape company. As the years went by in school, what used to be small landscape company continued to grow so I took up a minor in turf management. My junior year I picked up mechanical engineering and got a summer job designing and building armored vehicles for the Military ( everything from design, build,and test). Not one of those jobs did I ever apply for, each job I was approached and asked to come work for them just because of my work ethic and getting out there and being un-comfortable with my landscape company. I approached people that I had never meet before to ask if they had any work that needed to be done? This landscape company funded my start up for my roof and exterior cleaning company, along with a property investment company. Which ultimately led to my early retirement from college!
Starting another company was no big leap for me, with all of this behind me it was just the next step. People donít understand what it takes sometimes to become successful , you have to remember that success doesnít come over night, and you have to work hard to get it!
Being un-comfortable means going outside of your comfort zone and taking a risk, do something tomorrow that you wouldnít have done today. What can you do that is uncomfortable? Incorporate your business? Buy a web-domain? Get thos DOT numbers? Approach that big account that you drive by every day?? Ask out that girl across the street??
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