If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. ~Thomas Edison
I got an email from a friend of mine yesterday asking for some help and advice. I won’t reprint the full email but a line in it jumped out at me:
I would love to connect with anyone you know who is looking for someone who is entrepreneurial-minded, has experience in project management, business development, online tech, and marketing. I’m looking for a salaried position with a company that cares about its employees.
This friend is a very sharp, hardworking person who is undoubtedly entrepreneurial-minded. That’s why the email troubled me. He’s looking “for a salaried position with a company that cares about its employees.”
Now, don’t mistake me here. I don’t have a problem with someone looking for a job – at all. In fact, I fully respect it. People need to provide for their families and that’s what my friend is doing.
What I wanted to know was what he was doing so that he could avoid this situation in the future. After addressing some of his other questions and needs, I added this to my email:
You mentioned that you’re “entrepreneurial-minded” and I’ve seen that first-hand. I know the feelings, desires and frustrations that go along with that. We’re cut from the same cloth. So, here’s my question: what are you passionate about that you could begin building a business around and what’s holding you back?
By the way, “lack of experience” doesn’t count. I used that one for too many years. Maybe your reason, deep-down is fear of failure. Also one I struggled with. But, I’m curious. An entrepreneur can remain an employee only so long before they begin to die inside from not following their God-given desires.
So, what should you be doing and what’s holding you back?
Whether it’s to be an entrepreneur, a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, a photographer or something else, the point is the same: you can only suppress those God-given desires so long before you begin to die inside.
Deep inside, we know this. But instead of acting on that desire, we choose an alternate route that feels like a slow march to death. Sure, in the short run you’ve got to pay the bills. However, we let the short run turn into 5, 10, 15 or 20 years because we become complacent. We let things hold us back from something bigger and more meaningful for our lives.
So, what’s holding you back? Here’s a short list of some possibilities. No doubt there’s more, but these should get you started.
- Blame (I have kids. I have a mortgage. I have a dog.)
One final Thomas Edison quote to leave you with in honor of the man’s birthday:
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. ~ Thomas Edison