Toby Thomas, CEO of EnSite Solutions, has a favorite analogy where he compares being an entrepreneur to a guy riding a lion:
“People look at him and think, ‘This guy’s really got it together! He’s brave!’ And the man riding the lion is thinking, ‘How the hell did I get on a lion, and how do I keep from getting eaten?”‘ —Toby Thomas
When you really think about it, you can see the truth in Thomas’s analogy… it’s hard enough to start a business (getting on the lion), but then, when you can’t make the business work (controlling the lion), it is often impossible to get out of the business without losing everything you worked hard for (getting eaten by the lion).
Unfortunately, there seems to be way too many people who, with little knowledge, or forethought, take a running leap onto the lion’s back and then wonder: “What the hell do I do now?”
Well, it seems that most of the time they get eaten.
I believe that just jumping on the lion—while unprepared to ride it—is the main reason that over 5 Million businesses “disappear” every year in the U.S. Most of them simply “get eaten.”
If you are going to “get on the lion,” you had better know whether you belong up there—that you have the “right stuff” to be an entrepreneur… otherwise, you will be one of those who get eaten.
The truth is: not everyone can be a lion-tamer—just like not everyone can be an entrepreneur. In other words, not everyone who starts a business should be starting one.
Can You Ride the Entrepreneurial Lion?
So, how do you know if you should even be considering starting a business… that you are entrepreneurial material?
That is not as simple a question as it might seem. That’s why I’m in the process of researching and preparing a small book on entrepreneurship.
This upcoming book is not about how to start a business—this book is about whether, or not, you should start a business.
The book will cover: the real definition of an entrepreneur; what the characteristics of an entrepreneur are; and what it takes personally to become a successful entrepreneur… to control the lion. It will also include a self-administered test that can give you a good idea about your chances of starting a successful business.
If you are a current entrepreneur, or still aspiring to become a small business owner, and you want to know whether or not you should be riding the entrepreneurial lion, leave your email address in the subscription box at the upper right and I’ll let you know when the book becomes available.
Or, if you think you can ride the entrepreneurial lion without knowing how to tame it—go ahead, give it a try… jump on…….. Here’s what you will be facing: