I have been blogging about Clayton Christensen for the last week.  Although I have focused on his tremendous contributions to our personal and professional happiness, I would be remiss if I did not also bring attention to how these positive attitudes should play into our approach to business opportunities.

What I like about Clayton Christensen is he is an optimist who sees through much of the modern-day mainstream pessimism that so often pollutes the business world.  I certainly understand business can be tough.  Being an entrepreneur has its challenges.  It demands lots of hard work, no guarantees exist, and you are constantly navigating the unexpected.

Nevertheless, we are living in a time when the entrepreneur has more good news than bad.  We are living in a time when the entrepreneur has every reason to succeed if he or she is willing to step up to the plate.  Christensen explains it well (“How Should You Measure Success?: Clayton Christensen Says to Total Up Your Relationships, Not Your Paychecks” Money October 2012, pp. 96–100):

“If you can’t grow [in your current position or organization], there are all kinds of ways to create new companies and new environments where you can.  The great thing about society today is that we are awash in money.  With good ideas, a lot more people have opportunities to succeed than historically we might have thought. . . . The advent of the cloud makes it such that you can start a company with far less money than you could have 10 and 20 years ago.  With so many sophisticated information technologies available to you for so little, the barrier is low.” (p. 100)

Did you get that?  The barriers to entry are low—lower than they have ever been.  Technology is on the entrepreneur’s side more powerfully today than ever.  Consistently, the entrepreneurs that succeed the most are the entrepreneurs that have learned to capitalize upon today’s technology.  And today’s technology is the best it has ever been.  And by the way . . . it will only get better.

Being an entrepreneur is never easy.  But the good news definitely outweighs the bad.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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