As an entrepreneur do you acknowledge your courage in undertaking a new business venture; your strength when you are disappointed and stay in the game anyway; and your continuity in the flow of past to future?
Let me sum it all up in one important entrepreneurial trait and a quick question and exercise.
First the major entrepreneurial trait: entrepreneurs are willing to be created. That takes courage, strength and a sense of continuity.
Inherent to the creation of any business venture is the ongoing creation of you – not like a building that gets bigger and bigger, but rather like the fertile soil in a vegetable garden where crops are rotated. In other words, all of the creative stuff that comes out of you also renews you just like soil is renewed by rotating crops rather than just growing one thing. Get my point? Creating a business requires the constant renewal of you by having the courage and strength to try new things.
Now my quick question: how can you support your own willingness to be created in that process?
Here’s an exercise to help you to be willing to be created.
First, write down the names of 3 to 5 people who came before you and contributed something that has made possible the work you love to do. You are picking up where they left off.
Next, write down what the impact could be on someone or many people as a result of what you have done and continue to do. They will pick up where you leave off.
Finally, write a sentence or two that suggests the transformation or change that is taking place based on that past to future higher view and how you are part of that creative unfolding.
Doing this exercise can help you to open up to being created and in doing that, produce fertile ground for your business development.
Here’s a quote from Steve Jobs (a pretty successful entrepreneur) that I found in Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs:
“We try to use the talents we do have to express our deep feelings, to show our appreciation of all the contributions that came before us, and to add something to that flow. That’s what has driven me.”