Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to hear someone call himself an “entrepreneur.” That’s all good and well, of course. Good on ya, mate. Be an entrepreneur. That’s awesome.
But there’s more to it than that. Not all who claim to be entrepreneurs are really going anywhere. Many are simply wishing they were, or they’re just spinning their wheels.
Honestly, we could probably divide the majority of “entrepreneurs” into one of three categories. As we go through these, I want you to think about which one you are.
The wisher is the type of entrepreneur who wishes his circumstances would change. He wants a better life. More time. More freedom. More financial stability. The ability to work whenever, wherever.
He wishes he didn’t have to go to work.
He wishes he could sleep in.
He wishes he had more time with his wife and children.
But he doesn’t DO.
This is where the majority sit. They want things to change. But they have no plans. No dreams. They just want change. But acting on that wish? That sounds way too much like work!
The wisher doesn’t even have a solid dream. He just wants things to change? How? Dunno.
If you’ve been on Facebook in the past week, you’ve seen wishers. They whine and complain. Work. Home. Responsibilities. They want change. But if you were to ask them what they’re doing to make a change, they would give you a blank stare.
Look, it’s awesome to wish things were different – it can be that is. But it’s not awesome to wish without doing something about it. This type of entrepreneur is stuck.
The dreamer is a bit different. He wants change. Definitely.
He dreams of a day he can quit his job.
He dreams of freedom to sleep in.
He dreams of having more time with his wife and children.
But he takes a step further.
He doesn’t just wish. He plans. He plots. He says, “This is what I want to do, and this is how I’m gonna do it!” Awesome. Sounds great, right?
Not if he stays there.
A dreamer has plans. He knows exactly what he wants to do. Maybe he’s drafted ideas, written things down. Even made purchases. But he hasn’t taken the steps to put it all together.
He’s done good things. Planning is essential. But it’s worthless without action. Knowing this, he may do a few things, but only halfheartedly. His heart isn’t in it. He’s not really taking action. This type of entrepreneur is lost in the clouds.
Being a dreamer is like setting a morning alarm and – instead of getting up – turning off the alarm, rolling over and going back to sleep. You planned to get up. But did you?
All the planning in the world is worthless if it isn’t genuinely acted upon.
This guy is the one who’s actually going somewhere. The doer has wishes. Oh he wishes. He has dreams. He dreams vividly and has plans. But he doesn’t stay there. He builds. This is the type of entrepreneur who is actually getting somewhere.
He takes a crucial step the others don’t: He acts. He does something. He puts his plans into motion.
His wishes become dreams. His dreams drive plans. His plans fuel action. This kind of entrepreneur drafts plans, sets goals, and takes action.
The doer doesn’t sit and whine and complain about his environment. He doesn’t drone on and on about what he wants to do – someday. He does it. That, my friends, is what separates the would-be entrepreneurs from successful entrepreneurs.
Which type of entrepreneur are you?
Are you a wisher? A dreamer? Or a doer?
If you want to build a business – online or offline – you have to learn to be a doer. Hopefully, the fact that you’re reading this post means you are. But if not, what steps do you need to take to get off your butt and do something?
Don’t let indecision and lack of drive cripple your efforts. Don’t rev your engine while your car is still in park. Some of us – many – need to get out of park and into drive.
From wisher to doer
These three types aren’t static. A wisher can easily become a doer. It takes hard work and dedication, but it’s oh so possible.
Just as a parked car can leave the garage and fly down the interstate, so can you get off your entrepreneurial behind and get moving. How?
I’m a huge fan of questions. I propose starting by asking yourself three questions:
1) What do I want to change?
2) How will I effect that change?
3) What am I doing now to reach that goal?
Three very simple questions. Most people live their entire lives at question number 1 or get stuck at number 2. Few reach number 3.
Wisher, what do you want to change? Are you out of time? Are you sick of living at your desk? Dream.
Dreamer, what will you do? What are your plans? What’s your first step? Do.
Doer, what are you doing now? What will you start next? How can you improve?
Anyone can be a doer. If I can do it, you can do it. It’s up to you to make the choice.
Why does any of this matter?
Here’s the point I want to get across: Building a business and achieving financial freedom takes time, effort and hard work. I don’t want you to get the idea that all of this is a cake walk. (Incidentally, I’d love to know who came up with the idea of walking on cakes.)
Being a real doer requires blood, sweat and tears. You’ve got to be willing to get up early, stay up late, work your butt off and do it all again the next day.
But even so – there’s freedom in the journey. No one gets to tell you when to show up, how late to stay, and what you have to do while you’re there. Your schedule is your own. Your rules are your own. That’s the entrepreneur lifestyle. It can only be yours if you’re a doer.
I want you to be someone who takes action and kicks butt. But I can’t do any of this for you. You have to want it.