Keeping your entrepreneurial vision 20/20
I am recovering from some eye surgery that I had on Friday. I had lens replacement as a result of cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window.
As you age, the lenses in your eyes become less flexible, less transparent and thicker. Age-related and other medical conditions cause tissues within the lens to break down and clump together, clouding small areas within the lens.
As the cataract continues to develop, the clouding becomes denser and involves a bigger part of the lens. A cataract scatters and blocks the light as it passes through the lens, preventing a sharply defined image from reaching your retina. As a result, your vision becomes blurred. (Thanks to information from Mayo Clinic)
The difference in colour, clarity and definition after the operation has been quite remarkable. It is only as I have had this new lens inserted that I understand to what degree my vision was “cloudy”
Clearer vision as an entrepreneur.
Is it possible to develop clearer vision as an entrepreneur? What are some of the factors that cloud one’s vision? I think there are three phrases in the information gleaned from the Mayo Clinic
These are, lack of transparency, less flexible and blurring
Lacking in transparency. We have all seen what happens with glasses or binoculars that have been allowed to get coated with dust or debris. The transparency is impacted. For me, this talks to the clarity of the vision you have for your business. As someone once said, “If the vision is unclear, the price is always too high”.
How clear is your vision? Do you revisit it often? Is it a progressive vision? It may be helpful to re-evaluate your vision to check whether you score 20/20 in clarity!
Inflexibility. Apparently, one’s lens becomes less flexible as we age. I wonder if this is not an analogy for our years in entrepreneurship and building a small business. We would do well to be “always learning”. Joel Barker, in his book Paradigm’s, asks “What nation dominated the world of watch-making in 1968? Answer: Switzerland, a country renowned for over a hundred years for watch-making excellence. In 1968, it held 65 per cent of the market. What nation dominates watch-making today? Answer: Japan, a nation which, in 1968, held virtually no market share. The reason? The introduction of the quartz watch. Question: Who invented the quartz watch? Answer: The Swiss! The Swiss were so certain that it was only a novelty, they showed it promiscuously at a trade show. The Japanese came; they saw the idea; they conquered the market. The Swiss failed to see the potential because they had a financial and emotional investment in the old paradigm. Barker says: “When a paradigm shifts, everybody goes back to zero. It doesn’t matter how strong your reputation, or how big your market share, or how good you are at the old paradigm.”
What paradigms is the Global epidemic challenging? Where may you require more flexibility?
Blurring. Blurring occurs in photography when we allow the image to get out of focus.
Consider how your focus (or lack of focus) may be impacting your enterprise.
These three quotes give some direction for our focus……..
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” Zig Ziglar
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” Aristotle Onassis
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” Alexander Graham Bell
I trust these few thoughts may remind you of the need to be vigilant in keeping your entrepreneurial vision ……20/20.