Five Entrepreneurial Truths You Need to Know - Page 2
2. CEO is a lovely title but in reality you’re the secretary, HR guy and janitor too. If you envision yourself dropping off work assignments to your staff so that you can play golf with your buddies, here is a small dose of reality. You ARE the staff! If you’ve never been much of a web developer, accountant, or network engineer, you will be.
3. You office will be open more hours than a 7-11. It’s fun to tell people that you “make your own hours” but deep down it’s a lie. If you worked long hours at your company gig it will pale in comparison to how long you will work now. Be prepared to be the first one to the office in the morning and the last one to turn the lights out at night. Have you ever heard that song “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” It probably is, just not for you.
4. You are unique which makes you weird to everyone else. There are few of us out there who are really driven which separates you from the pack. Congratulations, on behalf of small business owners across the country, welcome to the club! While this makes you incredibly unique to us, it means that you are completely out of touch with others. There is a subculture of species out there who are satisfied punching a clock, collecting vacation hours and calling in sick so that they can golf with their buddies. They are called “employees” and over time you will start to see them as alien life forms.
5. You will do this completely alone until you start making money. I have only one book, "The Little Red Hen" that is mandatory reading for my staff. I love that book because it will likely be your experience too. “Who will help me plant the wheat? Not I said the dog, not I said the Cow.” Like the story be prepared to have people you have never met appear out of thin air when the bread comes out of the oven. The lesson? There are people who are hard working like you, who roll up their sleeves and just “do” the dirty work. They are jewels when you find them. And because you have read this far I’m going to offer you some insight. These people are rarely found amongst family and friends. That’s because your dream is not their dream and your passion is not their passion. Accept it, appreciate it, move on and remember our hero "The Little Red Hen."Continued on the next page