I thought about becoming an entrepreneur for a long time before I summoned my inner David Lee Roth and actually jumped. In fact, I thought about starting a business for nearly 2 decades before I launched the advertising and idea agency The Weaponry. Which means that, unlike Geddy Lee, I didn’t rush into anything.
Once I had my entrepreneurial awakening in the summer of 2015 I began generating income within just a few months. I officially legalized The Weaponry as an LLC (yeah, you know me) in the spring of 2016. And while I have physically looked back since then, I have had no regrets.
Over the past 7 years, I have learned a lifetime’s worth of lessons about entrepreneurship. (Starting with how to spell the word itself.) But the most important thing to know about entrepreneurship is this:
The entrepreneur is the great limiter of the business.
10 Ways Entrepreneurs Limit Their Business
- You will be limited by your energy and ability to work hard.
2. You will be limited by your network and willingness to reach out and connect.
3. You will be limited by your ability to recruit and hire. (Think about it. There must be hire love.)
4. You will be limited by your willingness to create standardized processes.
5. You will be limited by your ability to give up control to others.
6. You will be limited by the size and scope of your vision.
7. You will be limited by your ability to control your greed and keep your hands off the cash flow, Gordon Gekko.
8. You will be limited by your ability to grow sales to scale your operation into a more effective and efficient machine.
9. You will be limited by your creativity and willingness to innovate
10. You will be limited by your risk tolerance. If you are not willing to walk the tightrope to the promised land you will never get there.
Perhaps most importantly, there is no one else to blame if you don’t become an entrepreneur at all. And if you are an entrepreneur, there is no one else that will prevent you from growing your business’s annual revenue to $100,0000, $1,000,000, $100,000,000, or $1,000,000,000 per year. That’s on you.
As the entrepreneur, you are both the gas pedal and the brake. Most people are afraid to take their foot off the brake, and as a result, never get going. Which means they never see where their journey could have taken them. Don’t let that be you.
Find your entrepreneurial gas pedal. Get going. Keep going. Then go faster. It will be your willingness to go, grow, create, and accelerate that will determine how far your journey takes you. We all have a limited amount of time. So go while you can. Realize that you are the determining factor. So be determined to be more.
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