So this string walks into a bar and hops up on one of the bar stools and says, “Hey bartender, give me a beer.”
Bartender looks at the string and says, “Sorry, we don’t serve strings here.”
The bartender says, “Aren’t you that same string that was in here yesterday?”
String replies, “I’m afraid not.”And that’s how Bob Parsons, CEO and founder of GoDaddy.com opened his keynote address at Yanik Silver’s Underground Online Seminar featuring Internet Insiders who agreed to share their secrets to success.
Susan Wilson Solovic and Bob Parsons
“It’s all about perspective,” Parsons continued. Perception and luck are the keys to entrepreneurial success.
Luck as it relates to business is the timing or turn of events resulting in a business opportunity. However, individuals who are lucky are the ones who recognize the opportunity and seize the chance to work hard and vigilantly to make the most of it.
Perspective, he says, is knowing how to think about things. If you think the wrong way or negatively, you are finished before you start.
During his business career, Parsons started three businesses from scratch. As he closed, he offered this salient advice. “If you want to be successful, you must stretch beyond your comfort zone. Articulate the very worst outcome you can imagine if the business fails, and if you can live with that outcome — go for it. Give it your all.”
Parsons, like many of us who are entrepreneurs, don’t do it just for the money. We do it because we want to create something cool, amazing and worthwhile. That’s what drives us. So when Parsons was building GoDaddy.com and was on the verge of giving up because the company wasn’t making any money, he realized if he lost everything he had, he could park cars or be a stick man at a craps table in Las Vegas and still be happy. But giving up was something with which he couldn’t live. Turns out, within a few months of his change of heart, the company took off. “Don’t give up,” he says.
Personally, I share Parson’s sentiments about building a business. SBTV.com is about the journey and the opportunity to build something bigger than any individual can do alone that makes it exciting and rewarding.