The Entrepreneur’s Paradox

Opportunity is visible to those who refuse to accept the status quo. I think that it is self-evident that entrepreneurs, by nature of their mindset, are better trained to see opportunity. Upon recognizing the opportunity, it takes action to turn a problem into a successful solution. However, I often wonder if I am the only aspiring entrepreneur that deals with the obsession of finding, and attempting to solve opportunities and problems. My problem lies in the fact that when I discover an opportunity and pursue in creating a viable and efficient solution (a product that someone is willing to pay for), I come across another opportunity that seems equally or more so attractive. Rarely does this distraction actually deter my focus, however, it does get my mind going. It seems that wherever I am, I often find myself saying “there has got to be a better way.” By nature of my personality, I see inefficiency and desire to solve it.

As I pursue one venture, and dedicate time and resources, I find get attracted by other inefficiencies in life. My passion for my current venture doesn’t dissipate, it just gets entangled with additional opportunities. This can be a problem because it can cause a disruption of focus towards one venture. Instead of working around-the-clock on Company A, I spend a few moments thinking of the potential of Business Opportunity B. These few moments, on a regular basis, can be very costly for an entrepreneur who must move quickly and adapt constantly. On the other hand, I think that this paradox is what defines serial entrepreneurs. (In case your unfamiliar with the term, serial entrepreneurs are people start multiple businesses throughout their professional life, because of a passion for business.) This mentality may prove to be the motivation behind a lifelong attempt at solving the world’s problems, or it may end up being the distraction that contributes to a potential failure. I can’t determine at this point. My sole purpose for bringing up the issue of this paradox is to see if anyone else is affected by this. And if so, how do you deal with this? I would love to hear from you.

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