Entrepreneurship and the everyday struggle
by Jose Morales
For the past few days I’ve heard and talked about the struggle most entrepreneurs endure. Some times I thought it was only me, probably struggling because of something I did wrong or something that needed improvement. It’s a feeling of loneliness where I see myself trying to solve a puzzle. Those are the days when I see the grey sky of depression following me; as if I’m magically under the influence of a power beyond my control.
I learned recently to catch myself up when feeling like that, now I can remind myself that the struggle I feel is cyclical and basically asks me for time to rest. The number of initiatives, the follow ups I’ll need to do, the new prospects and all what needs my attention built up, I feel vulnerable and fear, anxiety and even powerlessness take advantage.
I know each of these sensations, I know they are there to protect me. Breaking the cycle is fantastic, the well deserved rest makes me feel energized and specially allows me to see once more the proverbial forest. I get new ideas, more things to do and it gives time to others to come back to me and surprise me with new opportunities and even deals. My friend Felix Hoek reminds me that entrepreneurship happens on the way to what we believe as our destination. He made me remember that even the destination isn’t fixed.
Thinking out of the box
Asking a person to think out of the box doesn’t help. It sounds to me as an accusation. That’s the reason why I believe that the word ‘motivation’ is misunderstood and misused. Motivating someone to think out of the box is like telling the rabbit to follow the hanging carrot in front of it while being blindfolded.
The analogy of thinking outside of the box tries to explain that we are limited by our experience, environment and perceptions. Breaking with those limits will finally help us see the forest from above. It makes sense, isn’t it? I like the word inspiration as a replacement for motivation in many cases. It implies an internal decision, inspiration comes from within one self.
Thinking outside the box could be achievable if the individual discovers the limitations that are fogging their perception. One of my main drivers is freedom, therefore when I feel limited I struggle. I pause, rest and then see the forest from above. I inspire myself to think out of the box. Soon after I find that there is a new but bigger box. Looks like the Matryoshka dolls. Every time I break the walls of a box, my perception and experience is expanded, now I know I will soon struggle and hit some new walls again.
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