You’ve probably seen the famous photo of Albert Einstein’s desk at the date of his death. If you’re familiar with this, you’ll know that a lot of entrepreneurs live messy lives. Growing your business leads to messes. I think that maybe one of the reasons there’s a correlation is that entrepreneurs can work through messy. They understand that not everything is going to go neat and easy, and there’s going to be times in your business where things are completely disrupted.
Now, I’m not a proponent of having your desk look like Albert Einstein’s, particularly if you have clients coming to visit, but what you should be doing as an entrepreneur is making sure that you understand there’ll be periods of disruption and dishevel. As your business grows, changes and evolves, there’ll be times where not everything is going to happen neatly. Your systems and processes that we’ve talked so much about, are going to get tested. At times, they’re going to fail, and you’re going to have to put stopgaps in place, but if you keep focused on the end result and keep focused on what you’re doing, you’ll be able to make great progress, and you’ll be able to evolve your business.
Don’t focus on the neatness or the clarity, focus on the result. Keep your eye on the big picture and know that period of messy are part of the process, and they are perfectly okay. If you’re growing, you’re changing. Sometimes that change is not going to happen neatly. Not everything is going to be ready at the moment something changes, but you can deal with it, and that’s one of the keys to entrepreneurial success.
What’s been your experience with dealing with the messy? Have you struggled with it? How have you gotten through it? What strategies have you used? Join us in the comments below and let us know your experiences.
Make sure you download our free checklist to assess your business.
This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein. This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique. Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Sufi Nawaz.
About the Author
R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.