It surprises me how much traffic some of my older more business oriented posts continue to generate. Maybe its the audience or maybe its the challenge of launching a new business that is just plain interesting.
As the photos in this post demonstrate, launching anything requires effort, determination, and skill. A business is no exception. Starting requires you to announce yourself and your ambition to the world.
And, even though the person starting the business builds a team to work with through the many challenges the company will face, there is still a very real sense in which the entrepreneur is going it alone. No matter how good and motivated the team is, most founders discover that there is no one in the company they can share everything with.
Perhaps this is part of the reason a good outside lawyer can be so important to a growing business. There are things you can share with outside advisors that you just would not be comfortable sharing with employees.
And then there is the blur. There is so much to know and so little inherent credibility in a new business that, for most, long hours and novel challenges are the norm. Sometimes you run full speed just to stay put. And, much of the time things can seem like a blur.
To succeed, you have to learn on the fly (sorry for the obvious pun) and mistakes happen. Sometimes big ones. And, despite your faith in your innovative business and your team, sometimes you feel more like you are falling than flying.
But notwithstanding the challenges and the bumps in the road (or splashes in the lake), the ride is exhilarating. For many of the entrepreneurs I worked with and observed, the act of accepting the challenge and running a business brought them a fuller reality.
I know this was the case with my father. He never seemed more engaged or alive than when he was running his own business.
Perhaps this is why the topic is interesting to so many.
So, what are you seeing in the pictures? These images are of a lone cormorant taking flight on a North Georgia lake.
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Clinton Richardson, has been writing for decades. His critically acclaimed venture strategy books first appeared in 1987 and are now in their 5th edition. His Ancient Selfies is an International Book Awards Finalist and an eLit Award Gold Medal Winner. Ancient history and capturing photographic moments are among his passions. See his photo galleries at TrekPic.com.