Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.
For Christmas this year, my wife got me a copy of The Winners Manual by Jim Tressel – head coach of the Ohio State football team. It’s a fantastic book, written in a style that is well suited to digesting it in small bits of 5-7 pages at a time. Given the author, you might be surprised to find that there’s really very little football in the book. Instead, it’s a book that helps you to realize the big picture parts of your life – your life’s purpose and the goals you set for yourself. Reading a chunk is now a part of my morning ritual for getting the day started.
The quote at the start of this post comes from the beginning of chapter 3 – “Attitude”. I found it particularly relevant to my current situation. It was a year ago that I left AOL and the comforts of a steady paycheck. The past year has been eventful (more on that in a future post), but the professional part of it has largely been a search for the right entrepreneurial business opportunity with some consulting work done along the way.
Well, we finally feel like we have the right business model to pursue and have started working on that over the last couple of weeks. The thing is, pursuing this opportunity means more time with, uh, shall we say a non-ideal income model (on the positive side – income taxes are low). And in the last couple of days, I’ve had someone approach me about an opportunity that is very tempting. It would be a 40 hour per week position that brought in a nice income stream. And in case you haven’t been paying attention to the news lately, this could come in handy. But it would almost certainly put a serious crimp in our ability to execute on the new business.
Which brings me back to The Winners Manual and that quote. I guess every entrepreneur eventually reaches a gut-check moment where you move from chicken to pig. Well, oink oink – this pig is off first and running hard for second.