I’m betting that some of you out there aren’t going to like what I’m about to say.
The most dangerous entrepreneur out there is the one that doesn’t know what he/she doesn’t know and makes no attempt to find out. They can’t help but get in there own way and have trouble getting out of their own way.
I’m not talking strengths and weakness here. I’m fairly certain that entrepreneurs usually know what the are good at and what others should be doing for them. It’s called knowing the “highest and best use of your time.” They just need to be reminded of this from time to time. Self included.
What I’m talking about is a lack of knowledge, through lack of exposure, education, or experience, of important ideas, functions, processes, laws, etc that impact their business. Knowing what you don’t know means you ask for help and insight. It means admitting some vulnerability. It means continuing to grow.
Not knowing these things means you don’t know you need to ask. Mistakes, huge or repeating ones, follow. It’s the sin of ignorance or hubris. You become your own obstacle.
This is a difficult dilemma for entrepreneurs. They are independent by nature, and usually pretty smart. Culturally, pressure exists that you can’t let anyone see you sweat. Competitive pressures exist as well.
What enterpreneurs need is a safe set of business “friends” of a diverse background, that trust one another, that are committed to growth, to fill in each other’s blanks. A go to group of peers, a peer group.
It’s one of the best ways to get out of your own way.