Feeling Like a Balancing Act on Four Small Hooves
What is the difference between a business owner and an entrepreneur? Both own businesses, both have responsibility for the success or failure of their business. So, what’s the difference? Maybe not that much. It’s like a goat balancing on top of a roof all alone.
I read a post recently in which an entrepreneur mentioned being bashed by a family member. It hit me at my core. For most of my life, I have had family who, from the time I was young, made sure that I had little to no self-esteem, little sense of intelligence, and not much creativity. Now in my 60’s, I am taking another look at myself and appreciating my successes.
But — what to do? My salvation has been networking and seeking out like-minded people who share many of the same challenges that I do. My mother had a traditional brick-and-mortar business. I tell people that she was good to me, but didn’t buy me the building. Following her death, September 11th, and the anthrax scare, it was time for me to reevaluate.
Although, by that time, I had Bezi™ Bra Discs™ in the works, I was not sure about the steps I needed to take. I was alone. I was that goat trying to do a balancing act.
Times have changed. The internet has created a world in which entrepreneurs and business owners have a bubble if they are willing to find each other. There is an old quote by John Collins Bossidy:
Thank goodness times have changed. I joined several networking groups. If you own a local business: BNI, the Chamber of Commerce are a couple of local options. If you are an entrepreneur and a woman, e-Women Network is a great place to start. Members of these groups face many of the same challenges. And, most of them are happy and willing to share information.
I later signed on with a business coach. Many people think that finding a coach is the important thing. However, it’s just as important to look at their community. Who are their ideal clients? Who are the members of their community? A great example — I signed up with a coach, learned a great deal, but also connected with an amazing group of women in the program who understood my challenges. That lead me to other coaches and a wealth of collective knowledge that I could have never dreamed of. Several of us formed a master mind group. We all have different businesses; however, many of the challenges are the same.
Good News — There is no need balance on a rooftop alone.