When you find yourself stressed and grinding your teeth(-which can cause headaches) Wiggle your toes! Crazy- don't ask- it really works!
Or is it a pound? I have seen too many aspiring entrepreneurs and even University/College students who fancy building a business to satisfy this perception of wealth – presumably fed by the opinion that being the owner of a business -this will be delivered.
Frankly, most businesses will beat the odds and survive the first two years as liquidity and family/friend support is in higher inventory. Surpassing third year remains the challenge as only about 44% of newly launched businesses make it to the 4rth year.
Passion- is the intangible quality that separates average people from truly successful entrepreneurs. Rarely, is it possible to replicate someone else’s career or business success by mimicking their effort. By pursuing your personal passion you will give free rein to your true potential. Your mind will be fixated on the ideas, hopes and possibilities and committed to the time, effort and resilience needed. Effort, sweat and tears are not listed ingredients at that the “Product of the Year” awards. It is the “passion” that deservedly owns that category. Successful business people are passionate about their product, service, company or special cause and driven because they realize that the vision is more important than the goal. Entrepreneurs possess a passion that demands a commitment to take action….a clarity of purpose and defiance to failure. Not a fear of failure….but a tolerance for risk and uncertainty….an understanding that there is much to be learned from both.
Trust your inner voice. When you choose to open a business, your chances of success, and more importantly, satisfaction, are far greater if you love the work you do.
KBP Passion: Maple Vinaigrette
3 oz. good quality E.V. olive oil
1 oz. balsamic vinegar
1 oz maple syrup
1 tsp. Dijon
1 tbsp Balkan plain yogurt
Ground sea salt & black pepper to taste
Blend well till creamy
“If you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”
- Henry Ford
I love this quote! Fundamentally you are the “owner” of how you react, embrace or recoil from any situation that life presents to you with. Mr. Ford spearheaded a new era, industry and lifestyle and despite many obstacles, which included bankruptcies, possessed the resilience and determination to succeed. How- you ask? Or is it why?
Decisions are made every day that will impact you personally and financially, but they are the decision for the moment and you must recognize that future success is not based on the successes or the failures of the past. The key to success is finishing stronger then when you started. Every chapter of this ride is an important element of this journey. It is an incredible opportunity to bring the riches of relationships, wisdom and passion that will ensure a very meaningful life.
By engaging these principals, you are arming yourself with the tools that allow you to see the “opportunity” in the midst of challenge and chaos- perceived or real. It is okay to take a few steps backwards….to really aim for the dream. The key is to value the steps along the way and learn from each. Think of yourself as the “entrepreneur” of you, first. Discover your passion and make sure it is relevant. Possess a process for continuous improvement…..that truly helps create
opportunities. Take pride and ownership in everything you do and do so respectfully.
Big steps, little steps, triumphs and set-backs- they are all pieces of your life.
“Life doesn’t fall straight. It’s like water; it’ll find a way, so you’ll have to be adaptable to that.” - KBP
In Business Magazine, March 2010
Biz X, March 2010
Karen Behune Plunkett
I am a passionate serial entrepreneur who is anxious to share my experiences and knowledge with you.