Posted by Mark Richards
Have you ever experienced something once and enjoyed it so thoroughly that you couldn’t wait to do it again? If you have (and I’m sure you have), then you understand the feeling. The truth is that humans are hardwired this way. That’s why you may have heard a friend with a new tattoo promptly planning the next.
The list of things which can cause the brain to respond in this way is nearly unlimited, but you will probably recognize the usual suspects. Some of the most common include:
- Video games
- Creative outlets
- Physical intimacy
- Sweet or fatty foods
Some are good, some are bad, and some are indifferent. They are also so common that you can probably recall their allure personally. The one that dances all over the compulsive part of my brain, however, isn’t quite so common. I get fired up about starting businesses. And I’m hungry again.
The first chip
If you know me at all, you probably know a bit about my business past. It started with shipping liners, has included nearly a dozen endeavors, and has resulted in PolyClean, a national, mobile plastics solution company. But it all began with those first liners.
When I initially pitched my product, I was wise enough to stay alert. I picked up on the customer’s true needs and was able to fill the hole at an agreeable price for everyone. The feeling was incredible. I’m not sure whether I realized this truth right away or not, but I was hooked. Starting my first business was like opening up a can of Pringles and eating the first chip. “Once you pop, you just can’t stop!”
My dormant impulses
Since my initial exposure to the world of entrepreneurship, I’ve been in with both feet. The freedom of calling the shots is great, but what I really love is the satisfaction of yanking your own bootstraps – of knowing that what you’ve worked for is a reality and its success is to your credit.
The “problem” is this: you can’t just start new businesses all the time. After all, who’s going to work for them? Who’s going to manage operations? Who’s going to make the sales? When you’re starting successful businesses, you need to realize that they’re going to tie up your resources. But that doesn’t mean the feeling goes away.
For some time I’ve been occupied with managing PolyClean and balancing some other endeavors. The energy I’ve expended on those fronts has kept me from focusing on anything entrepreneurial, but I think I might be ready again.
Feeling the excitement
I’ve been vetting some ideas, considering some business models, and am excited to say that the juices are flowing once again. I’m hoping that in the near future I can come to market with something exciting.
Will it be an innovative new product? A unique new service? Some combination of the two? It might be too early yet to say, but I can tell yoRead More