And what a five years it has been.
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Like all entrepreneurs – especially in this economy – we’ve had our ups and downs. When we say – entrepreneuring is the greatest roller coaster ride you can imagine – you can know we speak from personal experience.
After all, we’ve survived the Great Recession. Our business was less than a month old when it started.
[George] I’ve been an entrepreneur for three decades and, for nearly twenty years now, I’ve taught entrepreneurship at the best school in the world – The University of Illinois. But I feel like I’ve gotten an advanced degree in entrepreneurship these last five years.
That’s because so much is changing.
The way we start businesses has changed. So has the way we run them. From how we finance them to how we market them to our facilities and the workforce – everything, including how we plan, is changing dramatically.
It’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur!
And we want to say a special thanks to you for riding this crazy ride with us.
But enough about our business, we really want to share one thought with you today. We recently saw a great quote that we saved for this anniversary post. Perry Marshall quoted Glenn Livingston who said:
“Most people greatly OVER-estimate what they can do in one year. And they greatly UNDER-estimate what they can do in five years.”
Do you relate to that? We sure do.
Year after year, we set BIGG goals. And we’re often disappointed at what we don’t accomplish. But here we are – five years in – and I can’t believe how much we have accomplished!
[Mary-Lynn] For example, many of you know that a one-minute version of our podcast got picked up by a national radio syndicator. I was in radio for nearly two decades and never got an opportunity like this! But we were able to do it by building our own brand online.
And that’s the point we want to make to you – we live in an incredible time. Yes, it’s tough at times. You have to learn to live with more uncertainty.
But there are opportunities now like we have never seen in our lifetimes and probably won’t see again. Now is a great time to be an entrepreneur.
But you have to think in terms of five years. Sure, you’ll want to break that down into annual goals. Just don’t be too disappointed if you haven’t hit all your targets.
You’re a BIGG goal-getter. You expect a lot of yourself. And that will pay off in the long run.
Give it your all for five years. See what you can do. You just might find BIGG success!
When you look back five years, are you amazed at what you’ve accomplished?
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