Submitted Dec 1, 2005 7:42 PM
Fantastic! Love how he shows the physical contrast of an entrepenuer and a simple business owner. I have always been fascinated with started my own business and then working vigorously on doing business better than the next guy. Thanks for the motivation and I look forward to reading more of your work. Patrick
Submitted Dec 15, 2009 7:04 AM
This is so true. I have invented so many things. I am so excited in this initial phase. Than as the day to day creeps in I loose interest. I am best out talking to other business owners. By doing this it keeps me alive. I delegate everything else. I hate paperwork and doing online type data entry. I don't do this anymore. I have vision. It will work!
Submitted Dec 22, 2009 3:53 PM
In doing so, the person who starts his or her own business is lost in the teeming confusion created by demands he or she never anticipated...the demands of organization, the demands of cash flow, the demands of people -- employees, customers, suppliers, banks, family -- and so forth and so on. They are simply not prepared for the demands that are going to be made on them. The longer they're in business, the worse it gets. There is no vision; there is only being a slave to work and staying alive. The seizure is long gone, the entrepreneurial vision a vague memory.
This hits it right on the head. It isn't enough to be good at what you do, but one also needs to be prepared to wear the many hats. Often times there's limited information on how to wear those hats... The cumulative effect is to be burnt out well before one is able to reap many of the rewards...
Submitted Mar 2, 2010 1:39 PM
"The entrepreneur is not really interested in doing the work; he is interested in creating the way the company operates....The entrepreneur invents a business that is more successful than any other business. The technician invents a job and then continues to work for a living in the job he or she created. The difference is the difference of scale. The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job."
I'm shaking my head...at my self. I realized in this very moment that I am "the technician" and I have totally created a job. Hence the difficulty I've found in balancing work, family and my small business. I now have a new challege and objective to produce less and change the dynamic of my company...and the silly part is, it's already written down. Thank you for the revelation!
Submitted May 25, 2010 7:14 AM
Thank you for this article. I see that at heart I am an entrepreneur but in reality I have become the technician. This is what I hope to change and get back to where I started 15 years ago. In the beginning I was much more enthusiastic and put much more time into operating the business but as he points out I have become sadly overwhelmed with demands of doing it and especially problems with cash flow. My husband has this same issue with his business. We are excited about changing this now.
Submitted Apr 15, 2011 7:31 AM