I own and run a business together with my husband, but I am not an entrepreneur!
Or am I?
In my opinion, my husband is the entrepreneur. He’s the one who’s always coming up with new business ideas and always seeing an opportunity in how to do business and make money. He’s the outgoing one, the extrovert.
I, on the other hand, am not like that. I’m not an entrepreneur in that sense. I’m the one who follows up on things. The one who keeps things running once they’re executed and my husband has moved on to something else or something new. I’m the one who evaluates, operates behind the scenes, organizes. I’m the quiet(er) one, the introvert who works to keep thing working – preferably smoothly.
It’s not that my husband doesn’t work. Don’t get me wrong – he WORKS too, a lot, all the time. And it’s not that I don’t get any ideas. Don’t get me wrong – I get ideas too. But he’s just more like that and I’m more like this.
I used to think that I should be more entrepreneurial like my husband.
But you know what? It’s actually a lot better like this. We’re a great team because we’re so different and because we’re good at different things. We work well like this.
I used to think that I should be more like him or more like other people that were inspiring to me, more extroverted.
But you know what? It’s actually best like this.
As I get older, I’m becoming more aware and accepting of who I am and how I operate. I’m discovering that I don’t need to worry about all the things that I’m not. I don’t need to feel down about all the things that I don’t do because it’s not in my nature.
Instead, I want to FOCUS ON ALL THE THINGS THAT I AM AND THAT I DO – well. Focus on that and on developing that to my advantage and become stronger in those areas. I’m realizing that that’s what’s important.
We all have weaknesses and we all have strengths. Instead of being sad and crippling yourself because of all the things that you’re not good at and all the things you don’t do, FOCUS ON WHAT YOU’RE GOOD AT AND CAN DO. And make that your base, your foundation in life. Use that to get ahead and to get a job or build a business…and find other people who are good at your weaknesses to create a strong partnership (or hire them to work for you or to teach you what they’re good at) where you can compliment each other instead of competing against each other. There’s nothing wrong with competition. But you need to have a strong foundation that you can build on.