As Mark Hawthorne points out in the Sydney Morning Herald today, entrepreneur used to be a bad word in Australia.
Much has changed and as I wrote in my last post, entrepreneurial fervour is at its zenith in Australia. But not just in that country. We are seeing massive increases in activity in many parts of the world – Africa is on fire, China is booming, Malaysia is massively supportive of the entrepreneurial culture and even countries like Singapore are raising the entrepreneurial bar.
I’ve been in business for 30 years, the first 15 saw me get to the point of being a corporate lawyer in a multinational, the second 15 have been a living, breathing, hell of an entrepreneurial ride and I’m very grateful to all those I’ve interacted with along the way for making it such a blast!
I don’t want to dampen anyone’s entrepreneurial spirit, but choosing this path is not always roses. You will have massive moments of doubt, you will open an empty wallet, you will face naysayers along the way, you get the picture. I’ve not only seen all these aspects personally , but also in my work as an executive coach and entrepreneurial mentor.
However if you achieve the entrepreneurial triple helix of Focus, Accountability and Balance (FAB) then your journey will be a far more enjoyable one, be more likely to see you achieve your goals and arrive at your destination in one piece. I’ll be writing more about the FAB triple helix in a future post, so stay tuned.