She wanders over to me and nudges my leg. I’m focused on the task at hand so return the nudge with a quick pat on her back. Clearly she knows something I don’t; she nudges my leg again, this time with greater urgency. Two quick pokes accompanied by two imploring whimpers. Obviously to her, it’s time I take a break. More importantly …
It’s time to chase lizards.
Our boxer, Sadi, loves to chase lizards, Fortunately for the lizards, she’s not quite as nimble & wily as they are. It was during one of these lizard hunting expeditions that I was struck by the parallels to business & entrepreneurship.
When Sadi is chasing lizards, it’s serious business:
- She’s clear about her mission. She’s singularly focused, almost to the point of obsession. She radiates pure joy. Most entrepreneurs I know who are pursuing their purpose & passion exhibit a similar attitude towards their businesses. They have clarity of vision. When you don’t, you can easily be derailed by setbacks & obstacles.
- She knows it’s not time to chase our cats or play with her favorite toys. She’s on a mission: Chase Lizards. She’ll keep at it until it’s time for the next activity – a water break, a nap, play time. Successful entrepreneurs have mastered the art of scheduling blocks of time for projects & activities. They are disciplined, take action & stick with a task until it’s time for the next.
- Bright shiny objects won’t distract or deter her. She may give you a cursory glance if you say “treat” or toss a ball in an attempt to break her concentration, but she stays in the lizard-chasing zone. While successful entrepreneurs may or may not notice bright shiny objects, they don’t allow themselves to be distracted or deterred by them. They are focused.
What is your business or entrepreneurial equivalent of “chasing lizards”?
What are you passionate about? What brings you joy?