Being “all in” means that you are going to burn your boat at the shore. Think about it. As an entrepreneur, I believe that either you’re in or you’re not. Earlier this week I posted Believe In Yourself encouraging everyone to believe in their own passion and determination as the foundation of starting a business or change in life.
What have you committed to that there is no turning back? As an example, many of us are parents and being a parent provides an analogy for being an entrepreneur. From the first second of a child’s birth, they are dependent on someone else to care for them…basically, they are an unproductive employee (but a long term investment). Food, clothing, housing, teaching, and every facet of care is the responsibility of the parents for years of commitment. A parent is the most important entrepreneurial venture in the world and frankly one of the most difficult. It’s also not meant for everyone.
Now think about your current position. While teaching CEU’s for a state funeral association group at their annual convention last week, I asked “do you write the check or do you get the check” meaning is the money yours or someone else’s (owner or employee)? How would you work differently today if you had to write your own check? What if you had to pay for your co-workers productivity? Would you make sure the funeral is paid for if it was your money that paid the bills including your salary? Have you fully committed by burning your boat at the shore for the person that’s paying you? If you believe in yourself and capabilities, even if you don’t write the check, act like it’s yours. If not, you aren’t ready to burn your boat at the shore.
I’m blessed to be associated with partner’s and fellow entrepreneurs that have burned their boats at the shore as well. They possess a fundamental belief in themselves; they had a vision and now they are executing. For some reading this, I know there are thoughts that burning the boat at the shore in Aruba wouldn’t be all that bad. However, like the old saying goes about breakfast, “who is more committed, the chicken producing the egg or the pig producing the bacon?” From the onset, the entrepreneur lives a life of sacrifice; time spent with family, “free time”, personal finances and is the last in line. In the military as an Officer, we always ate last…the troops always get fed first because they are the most essential to the mission, without them, no battles or wars are won. But more often than not, the troops never recognize this act.
I have burned my boat at the shore; I’ve eaten all the provisions I brought with me, learned how to shelter myself, eaten from whatever I could kill or pick, and now I can see why I came to this foreign land of being an entrepreneur. I took the risk, I committed, and there is no turning back. Soon, I’ll share what’s been built. I burned my boat at the shore, thank God. Cheers y’all! #thefuneralcommander