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Entrepreneurship … Risk and Reward

When I write a blog entry I don’t like to write about situations that “just happened” or about events that get me agitated!   Not because I don’t think they are good topics but more because when I write I try to do in a balanced way, having considered the situation carefully.  Many times people have assumed that what I wrote was referencing them or their actions directly, and almost invariably they are wrong.  Very occasionally they are partly right, because their “incident” might have sparked an idea which I developed based on  numerous situations.

Today I was having a little “writers block” so I went looking for some inspiration … and as so often happens it was Seth Godin who got me thinking.  He wrote a blog entry called Living With Doubt … which struck me as an excellent description of the entrepreneurial mind as any I have read.  As usual he accomplished more in a couple of sentences than I could in a page!

I have been spending time with my boxing coach recently.  A 26 year old entrepreneur who likes to downplay his accomplishments but its refreshing to talk about business with him.  He talks about one of his early “Ah ha!” moments … while he was providing some evening boxing coaching “one on one” to a doctor,  “I suddenly thought, why am I working at the credit union for $10 an hour, when I get $70 an hour for doing this … and I love this!

What he doesn’t see is that as an entrepreneur it was an easy decision … but for many people that decision would be too risky!

Seth’s point is that without accepting risk you miss out on opportunity … learning to embrace risk open doors!

So … to be clear, this blog was inspired by recent events.  Seth Godin’s clear insight on his blog and Matt Whittaker’s thoughts on entrepreneurship.  Credit where credit is due!

Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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