They appeared to me to be beckoning an ignorant and maybe inebriated youngster going home in the dark to seriously hurt themselves.
I waited until no one was looking before turning the shards upside down and burying them in the grass one morning, plagued by this vision. Another one of my Owen Meany moments, I reasoned.
Owen Meany was the protagonist in John Irwin’s 1989 novel A Prayer For Owen Meany. I’ve since forgotten the plot’s details, save that Owen was determined to rescue the lives of many Vietnamese children. He had no idea how, but he had spent his whole life practicing a basket ball maneuver that entailed his friend hoisting him high in the air to slam the ball. I won’t ruin the plot for those of you who are still interested in reading it. It’s a fantastic novel.
The significance of life
I read it many years ago. The idea that we are here to become experts in anything, in my case saving these fictitious individuals from themselves, crept into my mind.
Most of the time, I’m not conscious of it until I catch myself in a fantasy, doing a sophisticated sequence of maneuvers to save someone from harm.
These measures to minimize bodily damage were not as necessary as my imagination would have suggested. It has, however, improved my ability to identify a muck and find a way out of it. Frustratingly, especially in business, I can’t always wear an Owen Meany cape and offer a helping hand since involvement isn’t always welcome.
Still, it’s a practice in which I may have expended far more than the 10,000 hours that they, whomever they are, claim is necessary to become an expert at something.
In our working lives, most of us spend that time and more becoming experts at what we do.
We may stray from our primary skill and dabble in this or that, but we are essentially refining that core every day in little and insignificant ways.
Loss of the core
It has led me to conclude that MPD has harmed the entrepreneurial spirit (multiple possibility disorder). Like my hypothetical, rambunctious adolescent, who is ignorant of the lurking shards in the dark.
Entrepreneurs are visionaries who recognize opportunities that can change their lives and make them wealthy. The problem emerges when they lose sight of how these are related to their basic values. Without clarity, it quickly becomes an illusion, energy fades, and potential is gone.
Consult an expert.
On the morning of my Owen Meany moment, I read Glen Carlson’s blog article titled ‘The Fog,’ CEO of Key Person of Influence in Australia.
Glen stated that the fog appears when you are doing something new, rather than when you have done or knew something previously. He didn’t advise us to remain with what we know. On the contrary, he believes that entrepreneurs should welcome the fog because it brings clarity and perspective.
“Talk to an expert,” he added, in addition to explaining what you’re up to and having a strategy. “Never venture into new land without a guide.”
The future is unknown ground for many people who operate their own show.
What we can be assured of is the following:
Every business has a business owner who will desire to depart and/or transition at some point.
We also know that most business entrepreneurs become encyclopedic in their knowledge, competence, and experience. That, in and of itself, does not rule out the quagmire.
The muck is a shambles. In the near term, there are too many competing ideas, little clarity on the ideal revenue model, and too much labor and resources spent on the incorrect posture for too little payoff. In the long run, not being able to properly depart or transition when you most want to or are eager to explore alternative possibilities.
Navigating the future is all about identifying the opportunities and difficulties and planning for them. Getting expert assistance on how to do it correctly is one of the most beneficial things any business owner can do.
Positioning is important.
As an example, a medical specialist who is set to launch a private practice in one place and is intending to open in another recently spoke to me about the construction of their website.
For potential patients, the practice requires a basic information webpage. She also intended to use her extensive knowledge and experience to create material that would give important medical advice and information to the practice’s patients over time.
Another Owen Meany occurrence
There would be two distinct businesses with their own websites promoting their own practices. However, all of that skill and information positioned the medical specialty, not the companies, and would become a sizable resource in its own right independent of the practices, even if utilized to promote both.
Set up on its own domain, she would have many more options at the time of leaving that she would not have had otherwise.
Positioning and blogging
Of course, blogging is an excellent approach for placing whatever you are positioning.
Why You Must Blog, in my instance, places blogging rather than myself as a blogger, my business of training people to blog, or my blogging goods. However, as a result of that work, I’ve been renowned as an expert in blogging, and doors have opened. If you will, consider this a bonus.
Many business owners who want to start blogging add this important feature to an existing website. They haven’t considered the long-term repercussions since they are caught up in the ‘fog’ of trying something new. My recommendation? Please, no. Here are six more expensive corporate blogging blunders to avoid.
Make certain that the time and effort you spend into developing a sizable online asset is because it is well-positioned and will provide the best long-term results for you and your company. Speak with a professional.
This blog is part of the Wonderful World Carnival. Being an expert does not imply knowing everything.
Did I just convert those pieces of wood into grass for you? I certainly hope so!