The great thing about the Web is that everything, and I mean everything, is just one click away. If you’re interested in finding information, all you have to do is enter a certain URL and, the same way, if you are interested in purchasing something, grab your credit card, visit an online store and there you have it. There are however drawbacks and perhaps the most important one is the fact that people who are accustomed to the internet and especially those interested in earning a living online tend to expect things to happen overnight.
Nowadays, it definitely seems that most online entrepreneurs are in a hurry: in a hurry to get started, in a hurry to complete a certain task which normally requires quite a lot of time and, last but not least, in a hurry to see results. Is this really the way to go, will always being in a hurry actually get you far?
Of course not, thinking something like that is one of the most important traps you need to steer clear of. Why? Simply because, when you are in a hurry, you tend to become sloppy, you tend to do things just for the sake of it and this isn’t going to get you anywhere. (unless it works for you)
Things Will Certainly Go Wrong At Some Point
Let’s take the issue of planning as an example. You may be tempted to skip right past it and get right down to business, but, unfortunately, you will, at a certain point, end up regretting your decision. Sure, you may save a few hours, maybe even an entire day or week by skipping past the planning process, but rest assured: once something goes wrong, and that will most likely happen, you will, aside from losing money, end up losing far more valuable time fixing stuff when you could have easily prevented it from happening.
You Have To Think Ahead
Don’t just take it one day at a time, don’t just think about what you have to do today, you need to always consider how the things you do today will end up affecting you tomorrow. Again, you don’t have to be perfect and there is no such thing as a foolproof business plan, but on the other hand, not even trying in the first place is never the way to go.
Are all entrepreneurs in a hurry? Unfortunately, most of them are, and their results are not exactly worth bragging about. Always understand that, in some cases, going a little slower is the best decision, even if it may seem that your approach will keep you from getting started in the first place.
This industry is far too competitive for sloppy online entrepreneurs to stand a chance, and, in the end, you will have an important decision to make: you can either change your way of thinking, or you can always be in a hurry, end up getting a lot of tasks done but none of them right. I don’t know about you, but as far as I’m concerned, the second scenario definitely doesn’t sound all that tempting.
What are your thoughts? Do you usually have a plan or you just go with the flow?
Author info: This is a guest post by Alan Johnson, who has identified The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Online Entrepreneurs over at TheRatingBlog.com.