Get It Done
One of the things that separates the entrepreneur from the common man is the “Get it done” attitude. While many people sit around and hash out the details, the entrepreneur at some point shoots the starting pistol and starts running.
Fear can be a great motivator or a great excuse. Starting out on a venture is full of uncertainty and uncertainty is the killer. You’re always wondering if the next step will be a mistake or will lead to a disaster. It might. There’s never any guarantee. Failure IS an option. Embrace it.
What can an entrepreneur do to help get it done?
Find what motivates you. Remember what you’re doing this for. It’s not about the money. It’s about the message, the idea, the passion. Sometimes you need to remind yourself what’s drove you to start a company in the first place. Don’t let that change.
Here’s the part where I use all the cliches: take life by the horns. It’s not easy, but find a way to bank your uncertainty. Know that failure is out there, mistakes will be made. No one is perfect. No THING is perfect. If uncertainty and fear are the only two things keeping you from moving forward, those can be conquered. They aren’t really a good excuse.
Decide that you’re the one to do it. Ultimately, this startup is yours to nurture. Maybe you would get a babysitter for your kid for an evening, but you’re not asking him or her to decide to homeschool. Your business is your baby. You’re the one who has to raise it right. If you don’t do it, who do you think will? And, what will your kid look like when they’re finished?
If procrastination is your greatest weakness, organization can be your best friend. Maybe a to-do list helps you get things done. Maybe color-coding your notes or organizing your email helps. You need to figure out your procrastination opportunity cost. If you waste too much time on wasting time, you’re never going to succeed.
What makes you get down to business? How do you cope with uncertainty? Tell us in the comments!