As an authentic entrepreneur who started it all from absolute scratch, I couldn’t help but come to the point when I’m kind of getting impatient already in terms of taking up my business to a higher level and finally get those dollars continuously flowing in – day in and day out. And while I was contemplating about this whole idea of scaling up my business and income, I happen to talk to a certain colleague from the church where my family used to belong with. This guy runs a tailoring business with most probably a couple dozen employees working for him. The problem is that, he and his wife once mentioned that they are just getting by. He has been running the business for years now, and obviously they as a couple could not scale up the business to a higher level than where it has always been for several years now.
When I asked him what his plans are to grow the business further, he couldn’t even give me a clear answer. And I immediately began to realize that I am not the only entrepreneur who is seemingly trapped in the situation of wanting to grow the business but just couldn’t do it. As I ponder deeper with this question in mind, I tried analyzing my own situation and then the situation of my colleague. I eventually came to the realization that it is not just a single factor that’s making it hard for us to improve our respective businesses. There are several various contributing factors actually but I will only focus on the biggest factor of all.
The number one culprit to not being able to scale up a business to a much higher level is simply the lack of will to do it. I must admit that I had the desire to grow my business, but I realized it is not enough. I even confirmed this factor to be true as I was interviewing my colleague. Clearly his lack of precise answer on what plans does he have to grow the business is enough evidence that he doesn’t have the much needed desire for him to even come up with a plan in mind to make it happen. Just the simple task of running a business and maintaining it can already be draining and no doubt will keep your hands full with activities. Not to mention you only have a fixed 24hour allotted time every single day to accomplish all your duties as person in addition to your being a business man.
If you are single, then you definitely have the advantage in terms of having as much time you could spend. However, for a family man like me, business and family must be balanced. But don’t be too quick to think that you have all the advantage in being a single, the motivation of having a family is just superb and unexplainable. With all that said, you obviously got to have not just the desire to grow your business, but the “burning desire” for it. I figured that unless you come to the point that you have that burning desire to finally scale up your business and income to a higher level, you will not stand up to the much bigger challenge of planning and really doing the necessary work needed to be done in order to make it all happen.