Entrepreneurship: Can I do this?

In the midst of all the research we are doing, I keep reading material on starting a business and advice for entrepreneurs.  I’ll admit to being terrified by the prospect.  It is daunting.  I came across the image below from Business for Beginners: From Research and Business Plans to Money, Marketing and the Law by Frances McGuckin  It is not the first such list that I have come across.  You could make a good argument that I don’t have any of these traits.  Maybe #6 as I am passionate about brewing, but I don’t think I could really convince myself of the others.  Then I read this sentence, “Having the dream is key, but if you are a procrastinator or not comfortable in making decisions or in taking calculated risks, perhaps you are not cut out to be an entrepreneur.”  Is she talking to me?  That fits me to a tee.


At times like these, I must remember 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I know that God is calling me to do this.  I don’t know if he is preparing me for something else by asking me to take a risk and show me failure (because I am not good at that).  Or if when I succeed I can boast in my weakness so that he can be glorified.  I need to learn to be patient and confident that I am doing God’s will.  It sure is scary.

Most days, it feels like this:

Photo by Andy Spearing.

Photo by Andy Spearing.

2 thoughts on “Entrepreneurship: Can I do this?”

  1. Hello Ries,
    It’s Frances McGuckin, and thank you for taking the time to read my book. Even if that list isn’t you, you have the passion and the commitment to learn. Kudos to you! I chuckled a little at your comments. Hang in there, sounds like you are on the right track. I’ve been out of action for many years due to an accident, but now I am back at it recently, and enjoys seeing committed entrepreneurs succeed. Keep it up. Maybe one day I can stop by for a brew and a bite to eat:).

  2. Thank you Frances for visiting the site and leaving a comment. The more I learn and read books like yours (thank you for that) the more comfortable I feel about this journey. That being said, I still feel like I’m testing out the cliff’s edge and haven’t quite made the jump. Before I know it I will be halfway down the side.

    I’m sorry to hear about your accident but I am glad to hear that you are recovering. I pray that you and your efforts will continue to help entrepreneurs. You are welcome to come to the Gnome Hole anytime you want.

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