LIFE & STYLE

Don’t Stop Trying, And Don’t Stop Learning

By Becky Bocklage
Columbia Daily Tribune, Mo.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Becky Bocklage, director of Columbia College’s Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship shares some thoughts on business and why she believes flexibility can be a key factor in the success of an organization.

Columbia Daily Tribune, Mo.

Entrepreneurs are well-known for developing creative solutions to problems. They also are known for prioritizing execution over planning, because they learn from executing and can adapt and fix as they proceed. They are routinely trying and learning, which is something established organizations could use more of.

It is important for entrepreneurs to realize they are “wired differently,” and it can wear solution-seekers down.

Many times they will be surrounded by people who I call the “Why Nots.” Those are the people who have a reason every solution offered won’t work. Let’s face it, saying ‘no’ is an easier answer and they embrace it whole-heartedly. They hang onto their “we’ve always done it this way” or “we tried that once and it didn’t work” mindset. Such people are like water in cracks, just taking the easy path, but that’s really not a sustainable position.

To remain viable, or grow and achieve efficiencies and ultimately greater success, stock answers don’t work. You have to figure out the solution that is a forward-thinking idea. In reality, laziness won’t result in a solution that works this time and the next time, and eventually you’ll end up reworking a problem you should have worked in the first place.

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