Is Doing What You Want OK? - by Ravi Patel


Owning your own business or being your own boss might give you the feeling of being able to do what you want. It is probably that feeling of independence that made you start your business in the first place.


But, is doing what you want okay? It depends.


Entrepreneurs, especially engineers and inventors, love to tinker with refinements to existing products and develop new ideas. It sure is fun to do what you want. Who wants to handle the boring tasks of running a business?   


For long-term success, it is critical to do things that you must. Entrepreneurs need to identify the key tasks that must be done and focus on either doing or delegating those before working on projects that they want to do.


Doing what you must comes before doing what you want to do unless they happen to be the same. Neglected must-do items often derail operations and become critical to resolve later in the game. Leaders focus on these first.


In a utopian world, it would be nice to do what you want and it be the same as what you must and what you like doing. That is expecting too much! 


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