Monday, March 19, 2007

Energy and focus required for entrepreneurial pursuits

Another pair of the reasons that I was never quite a blinding success as an entrepreneur is that I never quite had the extreme energy level and extreme focus needed to zoom to the moon.

On the one end of the spectrum we have corporate drones whose very positions require little in the way of energy and focus. In fact, their energy and focus comes from their environment which excels at keeping them in their boxes.

On the other extreme end of the spectrum is the entrepreneur with literally boundless energy and a laser focus on innovation, their vision, and their immediate mission. Rather than being in a passive environment that keeps people in their boxes, entrepreneurs are like surfers on huge business waves and with strong crosswinds that collectively conspire against the entrepreneur, making it very difficult to stay on their surfboard, and making it in fact impossible to stay standing unless they have the requisite level of energy and focus.

Personally, I've always been in a limbo state, caught halfway between the corporate drone and the entrepreneur in terms of energy and focus. I've always had significantly more energy and focus than the typical corporate drone, but have always fallen far short of the energy and focus needed to be a dramatically successful entrepreneur.

Where do you stand in terms of energy and focus?

-- Jack Krupansky

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