by Karen Carter
As an entrepreneur you may have heard it said you should expect five years before your business begins to show financial profit and/or success manifest. I am inclined to believe that statement as Infinite Hands Initiative is now in the third year of existence and as a member of the board we all feel we have gone up the entrepreneurs’ hill of struggle but have not found that level of security on the top of the hill. As the organizations funds are not what we hoped for, yet each year we manage to provide hundreds of kids with new coats and gloves to local shelters. We also manage to provide gift bags filled with necessities to the women in the shelter. Learning that funds are very important there are additional ways of getting the cause fulfilled via community support, donations, fundraising and old fashioned asking and inviting new supporters for help.
As President of a nonprofit organization we face the reality of what is absent in (not enough cash on hand) the organizations bank account at the beginning of the year. Fearing that will dictate how the end of the year will turn out. Much to our surprise for the past two years there has been enough to do what was needed during the Koats4Kids distribution. As entrepreneurs we are constantly building a dream and pursuing the creativity of making our dream reality. More often than not doubt in our dreams, our ability to succeed, our funds, and even our loved ones support of our dreams fall short yet, a real entrepreneur cannot quit. Just like breathing we press forward, come what may an entrepreneurs mind focuses on making it happen by any means necessary.
Many entrepreneurs will admit that their dream of becoming an entrepreneur was a deep seeded desire that existed within them for many years. Some will even admit they tried to put it off but it kept rising to the surface until they began to move on the dream. I often saw myself being a service in the community yet as I worked a 40 hour corporate job I still struggled to maintain personally and my family lacked a lot of my time while I worked extra hours yet we were still living from paycheck to paycheck. During those 27 plus years of corporate employment I never knew how I could help anyone when I couldn’t help my own family so I began volunteering. Volunteering opened doors and put me in the path of people who saw the desire within me and that I gave of myself and my time. These opportunities became the beginning of me voicing my dream in the presence of people who could introduce me to the places I needed to be to begin the road to entrepreneurship.
To those of you entrepreneurs struggling with the decision to give up or hold on may I offer a suggestion to you? There must be some rain in life for us to appreciate the sunshine in life. A few difficult struggles build character and perseverance. Both these qualities are a must have to be successful, so don’t give up. There is always an answer to every question, a help when you don’t know where to find it, and a friend/family member waiting to lift you up. Anyone can give up but a true entrepreneur gets a good night sleep and begins again before the sun comes up. After all the early birds (entrepreneur) catches the worm. To thine own self be true to your dream of entrepreneurship.