If you’ve intended to bake a pie that very day, and there isn’t a ripened fruit in sight, your plans immediately fall through. Some will give up– others, knowing better, will wait.
Entrepreneurship takes patience.
Business is a lot like this. Rather than apples, we’re picking for success. At times we can get so wrapped up in the desire for immediate gratification, that we jump the gun and pick unripened fruit. One of the biggest mistakes we can make as entrepreneurs is making decisions out of desperation.
But for those who are patient and intentional in their journey, they can more often than not avoid picking an entire bushel of unripened fruit. Because there’s something these entrepreneurs know that not everyone has quite figured out yet– success isn’t necessarily about jumping on every opportunity, it’s about jumping on the right ones at the right time.
Fail fast and fail often so you can move on to Plan B as quickly as possible.
In following our analogy of this post, let’s stick to apples. The real key is waiting for the right one to ripen before picking. Walking into a bare orchard on off-season, you wouldn’t stand in front of a branch, staring at one mid-sprout, waiting and waiting for that particular apple to eventually be ready.
Successful, conscious entrepreneurs will walk into the orchard and see the fruit is not quite ready– and so they will leave and and execute their Plan B or start strategizing a new path. One day that same entrepreneur may return to the orchard and see that some fruit are ripened, and begin to search for the right ones to pick.
When the time is right for success, you will see the signs to keep moving forward.
You’ve stepped into the orchard. Some branches carry underdeveloped fruit, so you leave them be. Others carry fruit which seem to be ready, but when you up reach to pick them, the apples begrudgingly hold onto the branch. They’re not quite ready yet, and are showing resistance, so you walk away, because that can’t be not the right one, either.
Then, you see that deep red, glistening apple and you just know it’s been that one all along. You still had a few several bushels of apples you’ve picked. Some were sweet and rewarding, others tart and sour. Even if one looked like it would taste like heaven itself, once you bit into it you were bitterly disappointed.
Apple picking can be a gamble. Opportunity seeking can be a gamble. You won’t always get it right, but you make the best bet you can, reach for the fruit and figure out quickly which delicious apple is truly the ripest for the picking.
Sometimes you have to reach. Sometimes you need a boost. Regardless, may your apples be sweet, delicious and dripping with success.
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