One of the questions I find entrepreneurs asking me, and by extension themselves, is “am I ready for this?” I find this a very interesting question because so many entrepreneurs ask the question, and yet so few believe or understand that it is a common question.
Common? You bet. One of the hardest hurdles that any entrepreneur has to clear is deciding that they are going to venture out on their own. That’s it. Saying that you are going to do it. By taking that one action, you have already answered the question of whether or not you are ready for this. The mental hurdle is a hard one to clear, but it seems that more often than not, entrepreneurs get hung up on whether or not they have made the right decision, and not celebrating the fact that they have done a very difficult thing in casting off in the first place.
So what is the right answer? Are you ready for this? You tell me. Only you can answer that question. Rest assured that throughout the entire process of starting up your venture, you will question the decisions you are making and the actions you are taking. Nothing will seem like the right thing to do. You will feel more unsure about everything that you do than at any other time of your life. It’s not only normal, it’s natural. You are more than likely surrounded by people who are going to doubt your decision to start your own thing. They wouldn’t, or rather haven’t, do it, and therefore are not necessarily going to be the most supportive group. That’s a huge challenge, especially at this critical time in your life. This is why I stress the importance of ensuring that you have the right team around you. They are going to be some of the more supportive folks around you, and will be those to whom you can go with questions when you are unsure about what you are doing.