I teach Sunday School to 12 year olds, they think 42 is ancient. I am 42 years old and I do NOT feel ancient. I remember very clearly what it was like to be 12 years old. The world was mine and I truly felt empowered by loving parents who stoked my entrepreneurial dreams and did their best to protect me from harm. The last thirty years have seemingly gone by in an instant and they have been filled with challenges and victories. What will my next thirty years hold? What will you do with your next thirty years?
Ever since I was a little boy, I knew how to make and save money. My father, a successful attorney, would often need cash for business trips so he would borrow from my money drawer with a note to pay me back with interest. My parents allowed me to use their garage to sell candy to the neighbor kids that I bought at wholesale and sold at retail. I used my parents’ lawnmowers and gasoline to start a successful lawn mowing business. I looked and found money everywhere.
As an adult, the safety net of my parents’ garage is gone, I have to buy my own lawnmowers and not everyone is as honest as my father when they take from my money drawer. Opportunities still abound, but they are fraught with competition and devastating losses. The world of an entrepreneur is filled with high risk and is not for the faint of heart. I have lost frequently and found myself discouraged and broke, but I never stayed broken.
If you are going to make the jump from employee to entrepreneur, be prepared to take your lumps. Understand that opposition exists in all things and when things look VERY bad, science and theology tell us that its opposite also exists and it is VERY good; look for the good. Not everyone loves you and trying to please everyone will only lead to failure. Sweat the details; they may be what make you profitable. Eliminate ambiguity where possible, but be prepared to take calculated risks. Have hope in the future; it may be the only thing that gets you through tough times.
Famous motivator and businessman, Zig Ziglar, said, “The greatest good we can do for anyone is not to share our wealth with them, but rather to reveal their own wealth to them.” Discover your true inner wealth; improve it, leverage it and create your future.
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Never Stay Broken
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