It has been often said that it is not what you know but who you know. There is a lot of truth in that statement. Life is all about making connections and helping people. At the close of our lives, all of our treasures will just be things sold in garage sales and estate sales. The real treasures of life are relationships. As both a people person and an IT professional, starting a small IT business came naturally to me. Here is what I learned:
Love What You Do, Do What You Love
Those who love their jobs never work a day in their lives. I have always been fascinated with both people and technology. And if there is one thing I have learned about the IT world, it is as much about connecting people as it is connecting computers. As a new “empty nester” I have been able to take a few more risks, and started my own business “Connections Computing of Chillicothe.” Taking a risk is part of being a business owner. It is not for the timid or those afraid to fail.
Being Both Competent and Confident
Two things I have learned the last year since starting a business. I need to be both competent and confident. Confidence comes from competence. When you know that you know something, you are confident. When others know that you know something, you are competent. Confidence can come from the classroom, whereas competence comes from experience. There is only so much you can learn about starting your own business. Reading about it and actually doing it are worlds apart. Seize the moment, and run with your dream. I would rather try, and fail, then to never try at all.
Know Your Trade and Know People
There are three different skill sets you have to be both confident and competent in. I have known many businesses excel in one, or the other, but not both, and eventually fail. We need to know our trade, and we need to know people. Technical skills are one thing, and people skills something entirely different. We need both in order to be successful in any business. Having college education in both ministry and technology has helped me to learn this before I started my own business. But we all must both learn and grow in these skills. Life is all about making connections.