In 1997, after working for corporate
America for 20 years, a growing realization that working for someone
else was not the road to the life I wanted to lead, I quit and
Associates. The name is from On The Banks of Plum Creek,
by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Little did I know that four years later I'd
wind up living in the town where the author was born,
Robert L. Schwartz says "The
entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer... He can
visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how
to make it happen."
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 Founder of Atari Computer
Yeah, well that's not the way it works for me. The key to
being a successful entrepreneur is the ability to roll with the
waves and go where the wind takes you, while keeping your feet
beneath you. There are far too many variables to know exactly how
something is going to turn out, so if you think you know "exactly
how to make it happen" and that's the way it works out for you, then
you have a different life experience than me!
That's what makes the entrepreneurial ride such a good time! And why
business plans are overrated. They're great as a tool to get
yourself focused and on task, but don't think that what you write
down is the way it's going to be. A business plan is not an
operating manual. The most successful people, the
people who have the most joy in life, know how to adjust the sails
mid-race as the winds change and swirl around you. If you aren't
comfortable with that you have two choices; go back to work for
someone else or learn how to roll with it.
www.entrepreneur.com and look for Dr. Ivan Misner if you want
advice on networking.