presuming you’re caught up on the previous blog posts, you’ve noticed my last post was the same day I liberated myself from my dead end job... almost 6 months to the day. a lot has happened between then and now all of which helped me to dig deep into my I.D. ensuring that what I create for you in the C&C community of giving entrepreneurs is relevant, useful and above all necessary. I take my role as your journeyman seriously because I understand the life voyage that you are on in a deep way. you don’t need any unnecessary twists and turns to get in your way however what you may not yet understand is that some twists and turns are absolutely necessary where chaos is par for the course.
showing up for greatness
this is true according to Gary Keller and Jay Papasan in their best selling book, The ONE THING. I have found it to be true in my own working entrepreneur to full time entrepreneur journey and I believe you will find it to be true as well as you progress. specifically Keller and Papasan attest “when you show up for greatness [in your life] it is inevitable that chaos will nip at your heels.
i created the Courage & Candor blog to give eventual entrepreneurs a safe place to develop and grow as future entrepreneur leaders. my intent is to help you with your exit strategy from your current dead end job while building your entrepreneur muscle. luckily I don’t have to do this alone as there are fascinating smart people within the startup space who I’ll connect you to around specific aspects of becoming a thriving entrepreneur leader. that is the objective for each of us right? right.
sometimes plans have to change
while posting to the C&C blog weekly was and still is my plan, sometimes our journey will have alternative plans of their own. if you plan to blog or create content for your audience there are sound documented reasons why it’s important to blog consistently however there is also value in understanding the ability to re-prioritize based on what is needed most for your platform at the time. developing the skill of agility capable of adapting to any circumstance will serve your entrepreneur journey well.
the best advice I can offer in the process of creating your fulfilled life as a full time entrepreneur is not to panic. when you panic, you can’t think straight, you act on emotion and you lose sight of your game plan. panic fogs your ability to look at the short game and the long game so that you can make a good informed next step even if that step was not a part of your original strategy or plan. modification is expected and necessary while abandoning who you believe yourself to be is not an option and could be catastrophic to your life.
though you will encounter a few bumps in the road once you transition to full-time entrepreneur status, stay the course and pay attention to the lessons you are getting. there is something for you to glean from whatever is occurring around you as life happens. most life lessons won’t occur in a nice and neat presentation and some things or people may attempt to take you off course, even if unintentional. consider it a test. i believe life is a series of experiences and learning lessons that test us to see if we are ready or actually want to go to the next level, whatever that looks like for you.
think of these tests as your final exam for the stage you are in. these tests will require you to do well enough to pass this stage before you can take on more, i.e. personal growth. what good is receiving additional blessings, connections, favor or business if you can’t handle it? many times we say we want a particular thing however to get to it, we aren’t willing to conquer whatever stands in our way of getting there. below are a few examples of incidents that I faced as soon as I transitioned to being a full-time entrepreneur. while not directly related to the actual business operations these incidents had the potential to derail my entrepreneurial plans...if I allowed it.
can you relate?
and if that wasn't enough
the product and platforms I developed while executing my exit strategy I believed were good enough to be an MVP, minimum viable product to ship weren’t launch ready. once I transitioned and obtained deeper knowledge, I realized the products and platforms weren’t yet where they needed to be. we only have one shot to make a first impression though perfection can’t be your goal. i still had work to do to get it to MVP status which translated into a delay in revenue generation and for me a delay in building a community of giving entrepreneurs. i want my message to be clear, concise and targeted. In retrospect what I created up to my transition was only about 50% there and for me that wasn’t enough for an MVP launch. you deserve better and now the platform is worthy of you. doing this allowed me to leap 100 feet ahead and garner better connections faster.
urgent vs. important
during this time, blogging was urgent but not an important task. instead it was more important that I understand and pay attention to the realities of pursuing a life that you love on your terms so that I can share with you this too shall pass as all things do. pay attention to the lessons as some hardships are letting you know in order for you to achieve your ultimate goal, there are some things you must contend with first so they do not become distractions further into your journey.
so what's the takeaway?
things don’t go exactly as you planned or you see that you have to rearrange your priorities, it’s okay. pull up, pause, step back, assess the situation, create a modified plan, work your strategy and leap ahead to continue your pursuit of a fulfilled life as a full time thriving entrepreneur.