Ignite Your Passion would like to thank Linda Verde for being this week’s guest blogger
I love the idea of adventure. Even in my sixties I sometimes think about running away to sea. Of course, I would need a huge supply of Gravol —but that’s the thing: knowing I may be seasick doesn’t detract from the allure of the adventure. I can see myself deftly climbing the rigging and feeling the snap of the sails as they catch the wind. Then comes the reality check. Going to sea may be a bit drastic, especially at this stage in my life. So, instead, I am an entrepreneur.
Adventure is described as, “an unusual and exciting experience.”[i] That definitely sounds like entrepreneurship. Unusual because no two entrepreneurs have exactly the same offering so there is no usual. Exciting because you are in charge of making it work. If a problem arises, it is up to you to find a solution. If things are going great, that is because you did something right. If you don’t like the way things are going, you can change what you are doing to get a better outcome.
Sure, there isn’t much security, but where’s the adventure in that? Adventure is an unwelcome word in financial speculation where it means high risk, but it is the descriptor I want for my life. Entrepreneurship is risky but, when you have poured your heart and soul (and brain) into a project so that everything comes together and your client is delighted, that elation is worth a bit of risk. That’s why you keep coming back for more of that kind of adventure. It can’t be avoided. No matter how big of a win you just had, you have to go out and do it all over again.
Most of us have given up paying jobs to start our own business. Nothing says adventure like no money coming in and having to figure out how to pay your bills. For me, the lack of security is somewhat compensated for by the huge scope for creativity.
It Takes A Lot To Be An Entrepreneur
To succeed we need resourcefulness, courage, fortitude, tenacity and we must constantly rise to the challenges we meet. We need to continually build and expand our networks so we have to get out to meet new people and keep forging relationships. We are problem solvers, driven to work our way around obstacles, often going through unknown territory to find the solution. Sparking our creativity that way is like giving a jolt of adrenaline to our entrepreneurial spirit and that gets us through the tough spots. That, too, gives us our wins.
If you are like me, the ups and downs put the thrill into the adventure. In her book, The Open Door, Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”[ii] I agree whole heartedly. If you are an entrepreneur, kudos – you’ve chosen a daring adventure.
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[i] The Oxford English Reference Dictionary. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1996.
[ii] Keller, Helen, The Open Door, New York, NY: Doubleday, 1957.
About the Author:
Linda Verde is a freelance copywriter and editor who loves the adventure of being an entrepreneur. She brings a broad spectrum of experience and knowledge to her writing including working at Ivey Business School. For more information, visit her website www.WriteEdit.net, connect with her at LinkedIn.com/LindaVerde or follow her @LindaMVerde.