One Hundred Billion Dollars just rolls off the tongue. With the pending IPO of Facebook, people throw out millions and billions like its no big deal. We read and hear about it in entrepreneurial magazines, in the elevator, in the movies and of course when we hear politicians refer to the public debt of our country. Millions and Billions of dollars have become a normal part of our everyday lexicon as much as OMG and LOL.
For some who have dreams of stellar entreprenuerial success, constantly hearing billions and millions can be as much inspirational as it is debilitating. As a budding entrepreneur or a rising sales person trying to “make it”, those terms can at times cause paralysis because sometimes you tend to measure what you are doing right now with that very specific goal post. You start to draw out the line from your current path and think, “how will this make me a billion dollars?”
You start thinking negative thoughts about all the challenges of life and you fall down this spiral of logic and numbers and find yourself trapped in its debilitating grasp.
And so you don’t even try. You stop. You freeze. You don’t bother starting a business. You don’t bother making the sales pitch. You stop pitching new ideas at work. You don’t bother putting your passion into something you dream about. And you lose hope….all because a billion seems way out of reach. [Read more…]