This morning as I surfed through the social networks and got a bit of work done, I ran across this interesting article on TechCrunch about how Facebook hacked the NASDAQ button to post a status about CEO Mark Zuckerburg ringing the bell this morning.
One line in the article struck me as very cool: “The finished product wasn’t exactly the prettiest thing, but hacks aren’t supposed to be. They’re just supposed to work.“
It made me think of what it’s like to build an entrepreneurial business.
It’s not always pretty.
Trust me when I say that, having seen behind the scenes of lots of businesses (from tiny home businesses to six and seven figure businesses) in the past 12 years, it’s almost never pretty.
It’s messy. It’s a fight. It’s hard work. Things sometimes fall apart and it takes trying over and over again to get it together. But entrepreneurs find a way to make it all work.
That’s part of the adventure.
Decide what you want to do and make it happen, even if it’s messy.
My mother had a friend who danced ballet. I remember her talking about the differences in the behind the scenes and what we saw on stage. The dancers were beautiful, the dances choreographed to perfection. From the outside it was pretty. Off stage their toes were bleeding, they were in pain, there was tension about who got which roles and accolades, they were exhausted from endless rehearsals… But on stage, in front of their audience, it worked — they danced their hearts out. We only saw the “pretty” but there was a mess there, too.
Get better at letting go and jumping in with both feet. Adjust as you go. There’s no failure unless you give up and quit.
Get a grip on your inner control freak who wants everything to be pretty behind the scenes all the time. Hack things and make it work. Create systems from what works. Then do it again, bigger and better.
“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti
Ignore the fact that I just mixed hacking, ballet, and race car metaphors to describe your business.
Get out there and go zoom.