Owning a business can offer tremendous rewards, both personal and professional. It also holds unique challenges that not everyone is prepared to face. The good news is that you can learn how to handle those challenges; the bad news is that, in all likelihood, nobody ever taught you how. A traditional education is good for many things—I hear yours was excellent—but it tends not to address some important realities about life as a business owner.
Yoda tells us: “Do or do not. There is no try.” Well, that’s easy for a Zen-prone Jedi master chilling on a deserted, foggy swamp planet to say, but for those of you who are living in the fast-paced and competitive world of entrepreneurship and business startups, things might seem a tad more complicated than that.