When you are overwhelmed by all those opportunities.
By definition, true entrepreneurs are struggling with commitment.
… taking on new challenges.
… being innovative.
… novelty and creation.
We love the process of coming up with new ideas. We love the challenge of solving complex problems. We love learning new things by experiencing a variety of different situations.
This makes us see every new opportunity with shiny eyes.
Whenever a new opportunity comes up to tackle a difficult problem, we have the tendency to take on this challenge right away.
But here is the other side of this coin.
All this makes it difficult for us to commit to something. We struggle with sticking with one problem to solve and simply work it through to the end.
Or, to stick with one business plan and to actually keep working on that for years at a time.
No meaningful work can ever get done by jumping from one opportunity to the other all the time.
The most meaningful problems to solve in the world, naturally also require long-term commitment to them. They require us to put all our heart into them and focus on them alone with undivided attention.
Paradoxically, this has the effect that the people who are naturally highly innovative and creative problem solvers, are also often the people mostly unsuited for entrepreneurial work.
They keep jumping around aimlessly from one opportunity to the other.
They keep tackling new problems, while old problems remain unsolved.
They keep taking on new projects, without ever shipping previous one’s.
In the end, many entrepreneurial types never truly get anything done. They never actually finish what they have started. They never actually build anything meaningful.
The projects they are working on exist only in their heads, not in their materialized form.