The committed entrepreneur
Commitment. Easy word to say, but difficult concept upon which to execute. Yet, we are faced with it everyday. We commit to getting up in the morning, going to school or work, being reliable to our friends and families. Some of us are great committers and some of us, well, not so much. You know who you are, those people with a fear of furniture or the gnawing belief that the opportunity costs of committing to a person, process or situation outweigh the benefits you might reap from throwing yourself completely at something.
If you want to be an entrepreneur, one of the things for which you must have absolutely no fear is, wait for it, the dreaded commitment. You have to be so inspired by your own idea of what is best for you, how you can contribute to something bigger than just you and how you can make some slice of society better, faster, stronger that you are ready to just lay it all out there on the line and risk disappointment, ridicule, humiliation and even, yes, success, in pursuit of your bliss.
Commitment cannot really be taught, but it can be learned. Or, at a minimum, it can be strengthened. In our teens, twenties or whatever you consider your youth, the idea of free agency, in all things, can be appealing. But what you learn as you mature is that committing to things and people is often the greatest source of fulfillment and success this world has to offer. But, it requires work and, at the risk of being redundant, commitment.
And so, consider this before you start pitching your ideas and holding yourself out there as an entrepreneur and ask yourself “am I willing to risk it all to pursue my Bliss?”
And then commit to the answer.