I was talking to a close friend and advisor about the entrepreneurial life. We were talking about the evolution of an entrepreneur as the business meanders through different stages of iterations and growth. The need to continuously reinvent ourselves and why so many of us stop short of achieving our best.
I have to say, entrepreneurship has not been unbearably hard for me! Yes it has been very challenging, but definitely not unbearable. At no point did I ever feel that I should give up.
The truth is, I am just a kid with the LEGO blocks!
Source: LEGO on Wikipedia
Lego pieces of all varieties constitute a universal system. Despite variation in the design and purpose of individual pieces over the years, each remains compatible in some way with existing pieces. Lego bricks from 1958 still interlock with those made in the current time, and Lego sets for young children are compatible with those made for teenagers.
Six pieces of 2×4 bricks can be combined in 915,103,765 ways.
It is incredible what we can do with just six LEGO bricks. The skills that we build through our lives are our LEGO bricks. Entrepreneurship is a dynamic process where we try different combinations of these LEGO bricks; we keep trying until we find a shape that is perfect!
Entrepreneurship is being imaginative without worrying about failures; it is about trying different combinations before we find our very own perfection; and, it is about having fun while we are at it.
If you have seen a kid with her LEGO blocks, you know exactly what I am talking about. If you have not seen one, gift a LEGO kit to a kid you know and learn from her the joy of building up her imagination with abstract blocks.
Be that kid with the LEGO blocks!