What a great editorial ["Fire in the belly," SBN November 2000]. Reading the article brought memories -- which are lived daily -- of the passion for what our company does.
It definitely takes a fire in the belly to overcome the fear factor of getting started and continuing year after year -- while keeping that feeling of being on top of the world.
I recently was a passenger in a car driven by a friend. From the moment she started relaying her plans for starting a business, her entire countenance changed. She sat up straighter, she became more assertive in her driving, she looked determined -- and most of all, there was an obvious sparkle in her eyes. Reading your article, I realized that she displayed all the signs of a fire in the belly.
I was very happy (and lucky) to arrive at our destination. I'd never seen that side of her before.
After parking, she turned to me, and her attitude again took a high leap. She explained her plans for a location, targeting clients and colors for her business. Frankly, when I finally got out of my seatbelt, I turned to her and said, "That's what I call passion."
I sent her a journal and told her to start writing down every bit of information and every idea she had collected pertaining to her business. I firmly believe she will make use of it.
From past experience, it takes every bit of concentration and focus to keep going on.
Lorna Nicholson, president,
Contract Management Services
Your "Fire in the belly" article was very timely. I was trying to explain to someone near and dear to me that if she really wanted to do such and such, she would find a way to do it, not keep finding reasons it can't be done. Thanks.
Robert Bernstein, Esq.
Bernstein Law Firm PC
The fire better be there
That was a really "right on" column you wrote ["Fire in the belly," SBN, November 2000] on Jack Roseman's observation to the entrepreneur about the need for a fire in the belly.
I once heard that "Persistence is to success as carbon is to steel." In my experience, the fire is the key to driving and creating persistence. We all know people who have accomplished great things, and in knowing that individual well, we also know he or she was simply an ordinary person who did something extraordinary.
The fire sure is what drives them and us. As you observed in your editorial, the individual you were writing about was faced with innumerable obstacles, any one of which would dissuade somebody from pursuing a goal. With dozens of these obstacles facing us constantly and our minds and our friends sometimes saying we are nuts for pursuing The Dream, the fire has to be big in order for us to keep going.
We all know that when the going gets tough, the tough will get going. But, when the going gets ridiculously tough, way beyond what we expected, when we feel the world around us is not fair in a big-time way, when you say to yourself that it's just not right that life is this tough, then you really get to understand the meaning of that phrase. That's when the fire better be there -- burning bright.
Being an entrepreneur often involves pursuing sometimes ridiculous goals in the face of total rejection and disagreement when you don't know your route to success. That fire turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. It drives us and forces us to plunge ahead, figuring out each step along the way.
Let it ever burn bright!
Mel Pirchesky, managing director
Eagle Ventures Inc.