Breaking Barriers—If only…

Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, The NIIC

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Have you ever heard the expression or maybe the excuse, “if only…”?

It goes something like this:  If only, I had gone to college. If only, I had inherited some money. If only, I had a second chance to work harder in college, I could have gotten a better job. Life seldom offers do-overs. Our regrets often come from the things to which we said “no” instead of “yes”.

Saying yes can open you to a world of possibilities. It can allow you to lean into your entrepreneurial potential. Regrets can be defining moments if you let them, so don’t let “if only” thinking crush your hopes or dampen your spirits. Choose to say “there is no better time than now.” Choose to take purposeful action, seize the moment, and to access critical business building skills to make a better life for you and your family.

The key is to take action to get yourself on the entrepreneurial journey. But don’t just do something. Make sure you plan how to do it.

To put this into action, follow the advice below and prepare a 2×2 quadrant and see if it doesn’t make you more intentional about the actions you take.




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