I was talking to a potential client recently, who seemed quite impressed by my journey and the wide knowledge I had accumulated over time. Out of the blue came the question, “You obviously know a lot and can inspire people. Why don’t you start your own product?”
My answer: “I don’t have the guts”.
Seriously. One of the most detrimental things you can do to yourself is to launch into something you’re not sure of. When they say “know yourself”, it doesn’t mean that discover your strengths and then attempt to take over the world by expanding them. No, that would be foolish, at least in my dictionary. The best use of self-knowledge is to structure your life so that you derive maximum enjoyment from it. For some it means spitting on their hands and diving deep into the ocean. For others it means opening a small shop on the roadside.
I have a wonderfully creative mind, which can be very good for problem-solving, but I’m extremely prone to reconsidering my decisions and second-guessing myself. It’s not uncommon for me to think over something, no matter how straightforward, several time a day, over and over, until I drive myself insane. It’s very easy for me to get overwhelmed by the weight of uncertainty and give up.
The point is that I can be a brilliant adviser, but a terrible entrepreneur.
I love products, and I love making them, but as far as walking the thorny road is concerned, others are better suited than me.