A few weeks ago I was a panelist for the closing event of Small Business September, a NSW Government initiative. The guys either side of me were Jeremy Levitt from ServiceSeeking and the gorgeous Dan Joyce (disclosure: he’s my good mate) who founded RedRoom DVD. (more…)
I only hire intrepreneurs. They fit our high-growth, fast paced environment and they’re the only people I like working with. If you’re a ‘I just want a job and a salary and don’t want to rock the boat or do anything remotely risky or brave’ person, then it ain’t going to work. (more…)
I’ve never worked for anyone else (apart from a casual job while I was still at school) so being an entrepreneur is all I’ve ever known. Most days, I’m happy for this – it suits my personality and mindset, but there are also days when I think “Jeez, it’d be nice to be carefree and not to have so much responsibility.”
Don’t think for a second I’m ungrateful. I’m not. It’s just that I think we’re all guilty of wishing our situation was different from time to time.
The last couple of weeks have been challenging. I’ll go into more detail soon, but all I’ll say for now is that it’s been up and down, both in business and in my personal life.
What it’s taught me is that the most important skill you need to make it as an entrepreneur is resilience. The ability to be knocked down, and get up, time and time again. The ability to have the belief that if you can hang in there and weather the storm, you’ll bounce back in no time.
I believe there’s a wide divide between being a business owner and being a true entrepreneur. To me, entrepreneurs are the guys and gals that have bought and sold multiple businesses, and have turned around again and again and gone back for more. To me, entrepreneurship is about taking big risks, it’s about having your house on the line, and it’s about putting yourself out there. It’s about having a level of confidence and above all, it’s about being resilient.
If you happen to work with an entrepreneur, please take a moment before the year is out to acknowledge them. It ain’t always easy!