I think the single biggest reasons for most of my break throughs as an entrepreneur has been from biting off more than I could chew. Every time I take on a new client, start a new job or begin a new project I go a little bit above what I think I can produce… then if they accept I am forced to make good. That is how you grow. Biting off more than you can chew is critical to becoming a successful entrepreneur and truly escaping the 9 to 5 for a better life that you live based around your choices.
Always say yes, until you want to say no.
I say yes to pretty much everything, if a client is like “can you build me a website, do my social media marketing and throw up my new building” I’ll say “yeah of course”. Why? Because I know no matter WHAT someone asks me 99% of the time I can find someone who can do it, and keep the difference. That is the beauty of the middle man. But sometimes I do say ‘no’ those times are when it is either a client I truly don’t want to work with or a job I truly don’t think I can do justice. You need to say yes to everything unless it is something you should say no to.
When you take a bite really lock on and go for the kill.
When you start a new project and you’ve bitten off more than you can chew it is critical that you go for gold. I mean really sink your teeth in and go at that sucker. Done with enough gusto even a task you are hopelessly unprepared for will become something to behold. Passion can often make up for experience.
Keep on Biting.
Every time I feel ‘stuck’ in my business I go out and find a situation where I can bite off more than I can chew. This often begins with an exhilaration from the ‘hunt’ followed by an ‘oh crap’ of the I-can’t-do-this-itis. But in the end the pressure and strain of biting off more than you can chew will push the normal extraordinary entrepreneur past his comfort zone into the area where you win.
Anyways, these are my thoughts on biting off more than you can chew… all in all I highly suggest it 🙂This is being published un-spell checked and two margaritas deep so forgive my misgivings.
Maren Kate Donovan is an entrepreneur, blogger and advocate of micro-living. She is based between San Francisco, and New York City, and working on a new project called IN|DE.