Developing the Right Entrepreneurial Questions In Route
I love entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs are by far some of the most passionate people you’ll ever meet. I love being around like-minded people who aren’t afraid of venturing into new areas of engagement. Their boldness, tenacity, and creativity often stirs inspiration and challenge in my life.
Unfortunately, not everyone who calls themselves an “entrepreneur” is one. Many are really idea-lovers who are stuck, for one reason or another, in their “pursuit”. For many, the overwhelming fear of “failing” in a venture or not knowing the full extent of what they’re getting into has become paralyzing.
Here’s a little secret about entrepreneurship: It’s impossible to fully know what to expect until you’re already in implementation mode. In other words, no amount of prep will clear all the questions you have about your venture. In fact, it’s quite possible that over-analysis of your passion may lead to an inability to move forward. Paradoxically, it’s in the very act of implementation that you’re able to frame the right questions you’ll need for your journey. Here are some reasons why:
- The idea you begin with will not be the same idea you end up with. All ideas evolve and this evolution will require new questions and perspectives to adapt with it as it grows.
- Many questions prior to implementation are hypothetical. Quite honestly, we spend a lot of time over scenarios that may never take place. In fact, many of them will never take place. It’s good to have a general sense of what may occur, but you don’t have to be an expert in it before you face it.
- There’s plenty of help along the way. Unless you’re thinking of embarking on something illegal 🙂 , there are plenty of people who can help you along the way. You don’t have to carry out a plan alone. Bring in timely voices to help you as new problems and opportunities arise.
In closing, I’m definitely not saying that you shouldn’t do your homework as you pursue a new venture. I’m just reminding you that too many potential entrepreneurs unnecessarily get stuck because they feel the need to control the whole process with all of the questions answered. I’m here to tell you that this is impossible and a recipe for frustration.
Get started. Move. Allow the process to emerge the right kinds of specific questions to form your overall vision.