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Today, the profile of the workplace has changed dramatically. Employees are expected to deliver more than what the boss dictates, which often is indirectly defined in the job description as “accurately reading between the lines”. Today, employees are responsible for high-level, immediate turn-around-time performances, regardless of the record paces incurred by our current technological processing speeds. Not only are they expected to be tech savvy, but also highly knowledgeable in their specific field with a scope and sequence of “best business” practices in their hip pocket.
Your role as a business owner – entrepreneur – is often a lonely one. Although you may be surrounded by a good staff, a supportive family, and a group of encouraging friends, it would not be uncommon for you, at times, to experience a feeling of “being alone” or even a feeling of “complete disconnect.” When you experience these feelings, you wish that you had someone you could turn to–someone that you could be open and honest with — so that you could discuss the issues and challenges that you face. Or, maybe, you wish that you had an individual that you could just brainstorm new ideas or strategies with.
In many ways, the rules of the game of business are similar to the once popular quiz show of the 50′s, the $64,000 Question. The rules are simple, in that, the host (the buyer) of the quiz show (the marketplace) asks the contestant (the supplier) a series of questions (objections). The contestant/supplier must successfully answer the first question/objection before they can try to answer the next question/ objection and so on, until they progress to the final question. The successful answer to the final question entitles the contestant/supplier to receive from the host/buyer a prize/order of $64,000.
There are many types of business advisers—financial, legal, insurance, special projects, etc. —who can offer expertise in solving specific problems that inevitably face every business owner or budding entrepreneur.
Employing specialty advisers on an individual basis has value when the business owner has accurately determined what the specific problem is. However, many business owners struggle with the process of determining just exactly what that problem is!
Entrepreneurship is a multifaceted adventure that, without a doubt, closely resembles a roller coaster ride. When you begin an entrepreneurial journey or “ride,” you are aware of the gamut of experiences, both disappointing and rewarding, that you will encounter as you undertake this challenge.
Entrepreneurial challenges are not unlike most challenges in life. Hard work, long hours, and anxious moments are just a few of the characteristics of the journey to most successful outcomes.