The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – Nolan Bushnell
It’s currently 11:50pm and my goal for tonight is to write this entire blog post within the next ten minutes. Ten minutes to midnight, Steven Universe Chiptune Mix is playing in the background and furiously collecting my thoughts into a clump of coherent thoughts.
If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you know I am an avid hiker, adventurer, and amateur backpacker to say the least. Being outdoors is the same as what writing is to me: therapy. It’s unconventional in the modern sense – what with all the pill-popping and current opioid crises of today. Paper (and Word Doc) and the trails alike is my drug of choice.
Today, as I spent the last ten hours stumbling around like a zombie at the family office, focused on a certain comment my Mother made at the recent Celebration of Life for my middle-brother. It was in the middle of a conversation she was having with one of our logistics clients, speaking all manners of highs and lows of the business. My father and both my brothers currently own the logistics management company, however. She felt it appropriate discussing his achievements i.e. co-creating the family business.
“We raised all of our boys to be entrepreneurs…” she said with a certain conviction in her voice. The look she gave me as she spoke those words has stuck with me since.
A whirlwind of questions flew around in my mind whether there was a certain “hope” to her words. Does she hope that I will one day create my own (maybe? successful) business? Quite certainly I feel as though there is a standard I must now live up to now that my brother has been taken from this Earth; it’s a bit morose.
Admittedly, I know next to nothing regarding being at the forefront of a business as opposed to relying on being a valuable asset. How would this translate to opening a small specialty retail store focusing on hiking/backpacking gear and accessories only?
Despite having the current inadequate experience building and maintaining a successful business, a great number of ideas came hurtling through. Yet, there is one problem. Well, several, if you count getting ahead of yourself as a problem, which it is usually is. Is the amount of time devoted to managing a business suitable for a person who is more carefree, adventurous, and has a greater passion for writing and sign-language? Would opening even just a small retail space be more flexible or will it require more attention?
Calculating out the average capital needed for my particular vision, there are savings where I’m able to successfully manage digital marketing, IT, and advertising departments solo. Comparing the list of pro’s and con’s, it’s a solid pro-winner. In the faith of saving money, is there more time devoted to these areas when flying-solo, sort of speak or is it the opposite? One thing is for sure, though: each and every successful business owner must sacrifice their near-entire lives. Thinking about that notion, it’s often a deterrent for many would-be entrepreneurs. Would I end up on the list of deterred, would-be entrepreneurs? Will I have time for my illustrative and writing work? Will I have time for completing college courses in the hope I’ll one day be a certified American Sign Language Interpreter? Another thing for sure, though: I’ve put off college for far too long and it’s time to change.
But will I make it to that point?
We shall see.
*It’s now 12:18am – eighteen minutes overdue of my goal and this tea mug has three more quarters of delicious liquid left*