Plan for the Unplanned – Entrepreneurship is an Endless Series of Moving Parts

You can plan all you want.

But remain open to the possibility that your plans may have to change.

I don’t believe in getting too married to one plan, one process, or one tactic.

I view building my business as a puzzle with moving pieces. It’s important to be flexible and adjust to new realities, feedback, changes, and other variables.

The beauty and advantage of a start-up or small business over a larger enterprise is its ability to nimbly adapt without too many constraints.

I’m very focused on my goals and on delivering my services, but I’m still attuned to other possibilities, and I try to recognize other opportunities when they present themselves even while still being all in on my business.

Should Everyone Be an Entrepreneur?

I worked a 15-hour day the other day with almost non-stop meetings, phone-calls, and regular laptop/smartphone detailed work from 9 am until midnight. Even when attempting to eat or try to catch my breath for a minute, I’d be interrupted. Now, I’ll admit that is pretty exceptional rather than the rule for me right now. I usually work normal 7-10 hours.

However, I had a realization that the busier my business gets, the more days like that I’m going to have.

The good news?

I LOVE it. ❤️ 😃

Sure, it will be necessary to wake up insanely early and require creativity to make time for other things. But, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Why? Because I value the freedom of determining my own destiny and not answering to a boss over normal hours and a steady paycheck.

If you think you want to be an entrepreneur, understand the trade-offs. You may be happy as an entrepreneur/business owner, but you may be miserable. You may love being employed in a job you love where you feel that your skills and talents are valued, but you’re not responsible for the whole organization or aspects you don’t like. Or, you may prize autonomy over all like I do. It’s up to you. It takes honest thought and self-reflection and trying things to know. Nobody can tell you which is best for you.