When you want advice about saving money, whom do you ask?
When you want advice about plumbing, where do you turn?
When you want advice about...well you see where this is going.
I just finished reading a blog post over at the New York Times, entitled Why Small-Business Owners Raid the College Fund by Jay Goltz. The author offers up some support for a fellow blogger and small business owner who had written recently about raiding the college fund to save his business. One commenter, in particular, compared this entrepreneur's actions to that of a gambling addict.
Goltz had this to say:
"Entrepreneurship is not an exact science. There are many variables, including luck, competition, market conditions, and the ability of the entrepreneur to manage and adapt. And it is not a spectator sport. Not only are the people who play it in the game, the game is in them. It is much easier and safer to be a critic. One commenter criticized Paul for raiding his children’s college fund. Maybe that was smart, maybe it wasn’t. But what was his other choice? Fire everyone, stick the vendors and customers and try to get a job?"
The emphasis above is mine. Bottom-line. It is easy for us to seek out experts when it comes to managing money or taking care of the plumbing. But when it comes to reaching for our dreams and pursing our passions, how is it that we end up seeking advice from people like the commenter - someone who is averse to risk - someone who may simply be happy to have a job - someone who could care less about passion and dreams, let alone living them.
Following your dreams is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Are you really going to listen to just anybody?