Each entrepreneur will need to have their unique entrepreneurial journey that will bring him to the desired success. But, this journey is not an easy journey for you.
One problem that I see too many entrepreneurs have is their linear thinking about the journey. That means they tend to see their way as a straight line. It’s very dangerous thinking that in many cases lead entrepreneurs to fail in their intentions to build a successful business.
How Does Your Entrepreneurial Journey Will look at the Beginning?
You start with your vision about where you want your business to be in the future. Simply, you know where you are now, and you know where you want to be in the future. It is your final destination.
We can make a plot about this as I show in the following chart.
For example, your current position is point A, and you want in the future to be in the position B. Position A is your starting point as an entrepreneur, or starting position of your startup, or already existing small business.
On the other side, position B is your final destination, or where you want you or your company to be in the future. This position is based on your vision and your goals you want to achieve.
But, the entrepreneurial journey is not as simple as this is presented in the picture. The first thing that you will need is a business plan with which you will try to predict your journey in the most detailed pieces.
And now you think that everything is ok because you already know where you are now, and where you want to be in the future. Also, you already have a clear and detailed plan that you think will bring you where you want to be.
You Need to Change Your Plan on Your Entrepreneurial Journey
But, the reality is not so simple for entrepreneurs as you think. Your business operates in a highly uncertain environment. This conditions will not give you the possibilities to follow your plan to get where you want to be.
For example, when you start your journey defined with your business plan, you can quickly find that you will need to change direction. That means you will need to go to point C as a first if you want to get to the point B. In such a way your plan will have to be adjusted if you’re going to continue using your plan. Only in such a way you can come to the desired destination.
Another thing that you can find when you start the implementation of your plan is that it is better for your business to go first to the position D instead of position B.
On Your Entrepreneurial Journey, You Will Have More Obstacles Than You Think
But that’s not the only problems you will face on your entrepreneurial journey.
On your way to get to the final destination for your business, you will have different obstacles and constraints. Some of them you will already have predicted in your business plan, but in most of the cases, the larger part of them will appear as you go on your entrepreneurial journey.
It doesn’t matter whether you go from A to B, or you have already discovered changes in the environment of the business that tells you to change your current route and go to C instead of B, or if you find that you need to go to D first if you want to come to B, your path to the destination will always have different types of obstacles and constraints. You will need to overcome them if you want to get where you’re going to be in the future.
Because of that, your plan will need to be a dynamic plan that will evolve as you go on your entrepreneurial journey to the final desired destination.