No room for mediocrity: Entrepreneurs must make sacrifices

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By Eliot Burdett

Re: Francis’s Ottawa inferiority complex theorem

Gues Blogger 2There is no question Ottawa has its own culture – the prevalence of government, where success is measured differently, probably has a lot to do with it. There are no free rides in a world of entrepreneurship and being mediocre usually means you are fighting to stay alive. Perhaps there hasn’t been a consistent stream of great successes here to regularly inspire everyone? No question this city doesn’t have a wild west, “shoot ‘em or die” spirit.

I have met many entrepreneurs who aren’t prepared to sacrifice to be successful or who are happy to “place” rather than win, but to be fair, I know plenty of great entrepreneurs in Ottawa and I am aware of plenty of unsuccessful entrepreneurs in other cities. Success boils down to faith in yourself regardless of what the rest of the city is doing. In the words of the late great Henry Ford “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” If you don’t believe in your heart that you should be number one in your sector, you never will be. Frankly, if you are running a business and not going for the brass ring, I am not sure why you wouldn’t just take a job – the hours would be shorter and most likely the pay would be higher.

Eliot Burdett is co-managing partner at Peak Sales Recruiting Inc. and contributor to the Science of Tech Sales Blog.

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  • Woody

    November 08, 2007 1:37 pm

    Nailed it EB. Look at guys like Bryden and Luxton — they don’t enter markets casually, they enter to own and they put everything on that play until they win or have to try again — the difference is that these guys DO try again.

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