When you first decide to start your own business, no matter if that business is web-based, a multi-level marketing business, or a brick-and-mortar business, you will end up putting some sort of money, and a LOT of personal time and effort in to this business, and in to your future. The problem most people have with starting their own business, myself included, is taking the leap to do it. It’s a game of mind-over-matter, and being able to see your idea through to the end, because in the end, it’s worth it.
Most people can’t take the leap because they lack the confidence and all-out desire to make it succeed. Owning your own business is not a simple decision, but a long thought out process to make something real. I didn’t wake up one day and say “Hey, I want to start a brewery”. I woke up, realized my passion, and decided, after speaking at length with my family, that it was something I wanted to approach. Since then, it’s been a process, and still is a process.
Decide what you want to do. Then ask yourself this question: Is this something I want to do for the rest of my life, and would I be happy doing it? I love brewing beer, I love cooking and I love being around other people. For me, it was a no-brainer personal decision, but I have a family to think of. so think about it, mull it over, then re-think again, then ask yourself if you want to do it. Then, do that all over again. It’s not a matter of if you can do it, because you can do whatever you put your mind to; it’s a matter of can you do it for the rest of your life.
My own mother continues to tell me “I don’t know if this is the best time for you. It’s too soon.” What she doesn’t understand is that while it’s early, it’s prime time. I live in Beer City, USA, Grand Rapids, Michigan. My brewery is going to be opened in a city that has no breweries, Lowell Michigan. Lowell is a very supportive community for the military. Everyone I talk to about my idea loves it, and I have a large backing. The point is this: Just because one person, near and dear to your heart, tells you they don’t think it’s the right time, doesn’t mean it’s not the right time. That’s something you choose.
Think, decide, think, decide, execute. Your mission begins with proper planning, and even better execution. Do it for the right reasons, and do it with pride. No one can take it away from you.
Adam J Campbell
Founder, Maddog BrewHaus (one of the VOBs working with The Jonas Project)