Are You The Right Person For The Business?

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This is a question I ask my clients frequently.

Many people come to me with ideas for a business and some amazing vision how the business will look like in a few years time. They try to sell me the idea why this business will be a success and how much money it will make. They clearly see the gap in the market and are convinced that it will work.

Sounds like a great start until I ask the question: “Are you the right person for that business?”

What I really want to know is if they see themselves in that future vision and what role they are playing. One thing many startups forget is that someone has to do the job and it will probably take a few years before it will turn into a workable business.

If you believe to have the perfect business idea, I want you to stop for a moment and think about it. It might be a great business idea but are you the person to make it happen?

Before setting out on a new business venture make sure it’s in line with who you are. Don’t be blinded by the possibility of making lots of money or becoming famous. If what you choose to do does not align with who you are, you will never make it!

Why is this so important?

Let’s face it, it will take a long time to get the things you’re dreaming of. There isn’t really a quick fix when it comes to starting a business. For most it’s a lifelong journey as goals become bigger and life adjusts.

Do you really think you can pretend for such a long time to be someone you’re not? Even if you could convince others, you’ll never convince yourself and that is the base for an unhappy life and a failed business.

How do you figure out if you’re the right person?

This isn’t an easy question to answer. Most of us are so used to pretend that we come up with different answers depending on the time of the day. Starting a business isn’t easy. You will hit lots of resistance on the way and dealing with that is the hard part.

There are two paths to look at and choose from.

If you are really good at what you do and a great fit for what your business needs, you can concentrate on jumping those hurdles on the way. As you go along you’ll get better at it while still delivering great value because you’re great at what you do.

If you step into uncharted territory, you’ll need lots of curiosity and a strong belief in yourself to have a chance to make it happen. You shouldn’t be easily distracted by other ideas or because of what others tell you and like a bull on the run plough your way through the unknown while enjoying the ride.

Which is the right path for you?

During my career I only met a few people with that attitude. Most start out right, but soon lose track and get lost on the way.

If you are neither of them, don’t bother for now. I would suggest to either work on becoming the best in your field and take the first path or find someone who is made for the second path make him or her a partner and ride along.

Personally, I would advise taking the first path. Become the best you can. Get a job in that field, learn everything there is to know and practice it as much as you can. This will give you the base for a successful business and it will show you if that is what you can see yourself doing for a long time to come.

Once you feel you’re ready, get the support you need to help you with the business side. Now you will be able to answer the question and by doing so, your chance to make it has increased 10-fold.

If you want to know more about how this all works and how you can make it in business, get in touch and check out our free resource section on our website. Also join us on our Social Media channels for real help and advice.

Above all, enjoy the ride!

John Di Stefano

An entrepreneur at heart and founder of the Entrepreneur Academy in Brussels, Belgium. He is teaching and supporting entrepreneurs in the skills every entrepreneur needs to create a better life for themselves and the people around them.

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