Howdy Super Happy People!!
Today I had a conversation with a friend of mine (the same person who talked me into going to business school) who is an entrepreneur as well.
Me: “So do we ever get a ‘net negative 1′ on our List, or is it always increasing?”
Friend: “Yup. There is always something to add. It never stops.”
For the past few weeks, I’ve been furiously hammering my List, and every time I start to make headway, 10 more things are added. For example, we are locking down our production facility for Super Happy Juice, and we need to have a Food Handlers License before we can sign on. Nothing we didn’t foresee, just something we have to do. It will likely take a day for the class, pay the $15 fee, and whammy, we are certified food handlers. Again, nothing that precludes us from creating a Super Awesome Company, just another thing. Just backs up the ability to “cross it off your List” by a day or two.
When I was a Teaching Assistant my 2nd year at Anderson, I worked with undergrads on business plan development and lectured on hands on running of companies. A common theme was: A good plan and excellent execution, beats a great plan and mediocre execution. I would hold this as the most important tenents of entrepreneurship–execution.
In B-School, and the business world, I describe these people as a GSD. There is no better accolade to bestow upon someone, in my opinion.
A follow up to my mentorship post yesterday. I had a young person I met over a year ago, connect with me this week about helping them create plan for the next 3-5 years. Very positive meeting. What was encouraging about the person was they knew they had an uphill battle facing them. And in one conversation, they had a week’s worth of homework ahead of them. As a former collegiate athlete, they were excited about the adversity in front of them, and the chance to have a long-term goal. More to come on this.
Tomorrow I’m meeting with another banker. I get a much better vibe from this one, even just via email. We have a mission at Super Happy Juice: Only work with people who espouse what we do, and are excited to be part of our venture. If you aren’t excited to work with us, there is someone else who is. And that’s a good thing, for everyone.
That’s my job, and I’m sticking to it. #ChiefSuperHappy