Some days I feel like there is nothing that needs to be done in particular. Whether its marketing, the business plan, finances, cash flow, collecting money, etc., there never seems to be a timeline on getting some of these things done. But when you take a moment and look from 50,000 feet at what you have to accomplish before you sell your first beer and HOLY CRAP, there is a lot to do.
All of this means that starting a business, and in particular this brewery, results in having a lot on your mind. I’m not talking about when you are in the shower, or making dinner …. I mean in the middle of the night, or when you should be engrossed by something else like a CFL game, or the company of a great friend. It is so easy to let thoughts of your business, and the work that is undone, creep into your mind and send you on the path of mental anguish.
Tonight is a great example of that. I would like nothing better than to sit down and turn my mind off the task at hand, but there are a few things on my mind: I have a Brand Guide that needs attention, emails to investors to follow-up on progress, work with an architect on the space we are trying to lease, a meeting on Monday with our Accountant to prepare for, documents that our Lawyer needs returned, emails that need to be answered, a business plan that needs to be updated before it is PDF’d, decisions on equipment that need to be made, more requests sent to suppliers and manufacturers for additional quotes, contractors that need to be interviewed for work required, and most importantly this blog which needs to be attended to (I will get a check on that after this).
All of this makes me realize that Entrepreneurs are both made and born. You have to like the chaos that comes from this process …. the constant juggling and prioritizing of tasks, working in the trenches, while at the same time, working like a VP, and the constant struggle between what you really want to do, and what the market wants you to do. You also have to be able to turn it off, and it is something that requires constant reminders of this.
So with the end of this blog, I am going to make a to do list for tomorrow, and turn-off my mind. I am reminded what one of my good friends and mentors tells me …. starting and running a business is a marathon in that requires a balance of running harder to stay ahead of things and laying back to regain some strength. Tonight might be some time to regain some strength.