Barriers to Taking the Next Step
The question was simple. “So what would need to be different for you to move ahead?” It made me think. For several years, I’ve been considering launching a new enterprise that would extend our work at Foresight. I have taken steps to set the groundwork, but have yet to fully commit. I was surprised by my answer to my friend’s inquiry: “discontent and naiveté.” I’m too experienced to harbor many illusions about the effort involved in starting something new. Yet naiveté, I’m convinced, is a necessary component of entrepreneurship. If we know how difficult it is going to be, we will never start! Likewise, the power of contentment is underestimated. Comfort breeds stasis. It’s one thing to have an idea, quite another to be motivated enough to pursue it. Dissatisfaction is the mother of initiative. While I enjoy my current projects, there is still a yearning for something more. I don’t want to give up what I have, but rather add to it, which is a barrier unto itself. Knowledge, comfort and busyness: what will I allow to stand between me and perhaps a more extraordinary experience?