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Breaking the Rules

“I started my own company because I wanted to work for myself.”

“I didn’t want to do the 9 to 5 anymore.”

Many times the story behind an entrepreneur’s passion or purpose is told with a negative tone toward the corporate workplace. However, I think it’s best to dig a little deeper and explore the “why” as Simon Sinek, the entrepreneur’s champion, says. Reframed in a positive light, entrepreneurs have a bias toward action.

When I was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, my life changed. I realized this wasn’t a bad thing, it was, and is to this day, an intensely good thing for me to be aware of. I had a way to effectively categorize and understand my intense emotions and struggle to focus. Instead of being defined as unstable or impulsive, through coaching I developed an intimate awareness of my potential as the way God created me and began to harness this energy in powerful ways.

Entrepreneurs are a unique breed of professional that value individualism and passion.

Business owners, starry-eyed idealists and world changers: Whether your dream is to disrupt an industry, develop a technology that is unlike any other or set a new precedent, know thyself. Keep your chief financial officers close and your pride in check. Break the rules, but do so in a way that does not burn bridges or wipe out your exit strategy.

Your best friends are your accountant, your banker and your attorney—some of the most down-to-earth, practical positions in the workforce. Heed their advice and press onward at a sustainable pace. The more we entrepreneurs utilize those around us with different skill sets and areas of giftedness, the more strength and durability our passions and ideas gain. This may mean we need to slow our pace or extend the length of time we spend on a given project or benchmark, but it’s almost always worth the frustration in order to deliver a more excellent product or service.

Do not fall into the trap of overvaluing what it’s worth to be first to market if your idea or execution is premature. And always remember: Entrepreneurs are nine times more likely than the consumer market to embrace a new idea or technology, so be cautious in overselling yourself or your idea. Let what you do or the product speak for itself and focus on accurately gauging responses.

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