The old adage “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” is definitely not true when applied to starting your own business. Many people derive a false sense of security by plunging blindly into a business because they don’t want to take the chance of being intimidated by potential barriers to success. There is no such thing as being too prepared. Proper preparation entails planning for success and planning for problems.
Any task worth achieving will have challenges along the way. Most entrepreneurs thrive on the “challenge.” In small business, the difference between a challenge and a barrier lies in the amount of preparation on the part of the business owner. If you take the steps to identify your potential barriers to success that’s half the work in preparing yourself for success! The other half comes in developing strategies for overcoming the barriers. This, too, is relatively easy to do; it’s a matter of using your common sense and resourcefulness!
Financial and personal successes are rarely achieved by accident. A great deal of time and effort must be put into working through the “what if’s.” Most of us see that “what if’s” in a negative light. If you are serious about succeeding in business, these barriers must be identified. With a realistic look at all the potential roadblocks, it doesn’t take long to drive off a cliff – and lose out across the board!