2018 is just around the corner – New Year’s fireworks, parties, and the never-ending resolutions.
If your social media feed is anything like mine, it’s currently clogged with “I will…” and “My Resolutions…” posts.
Some resolutions have to do with personal development, like health and generosity.
Others are more professionally-focused, such as finishing a degree program or expanding a department.
This time of year, the New Year, is all about one thing – the future.
There’s an unspoken rule in business: don’t show any weakness.
Strike up a convo with other entrepreneurs at an industry conference – everyone’s “crushing it”, about to take majority market share.
Sit at a board meeting – everyone’s organizational revenue has “tripled” (yet the economy’s still in the tanker…).
Chat with business professors – everyone left the “real” world mid-career (and mid-Recession) by choice (not necessity).
No one’s shooting straight. No one’s transparent. No one’s honest.
Because being honest about the crapper quarter we had or having an entire division wiped out by competition would make us look weak…or would it?
Anyone that’s got any business experience will attest that everyone that’s ever done anything fails.
This year marks my tenth year in entrepreneurship.
Some of my ventures were for profit, while others were philanthropic.
Some were successful, while others were total flops.
All of my entrepreneurial ventures taught me something – some what to do, and others what not to do.
Reflecting over the past decade – one characterized by taking leaps and embracing risk – I’m gaining a new perspective on the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. Recalling both the good and bad memories, the wins and losses of my career, I find myself contemplating, “What I wish I knew before starting a business”.
Here’s a line-up of the top five things I wish I’d known before taking the leap: Continue Reading…