It is believed that no matter what our business is and no matter what country we start and run our business, all entrepreneurs have a very similar entrepreneurial path.
Entrepreneur needs and problems depending on the stage
Desire/need to be an entrepreneur
Find and choose an idea
Going out into the world
Search for a location
Search for partners/suppliers
Creating a product/service
Search for customers
Registration of the enterprise
Search for capital
Reporting, taxes, audit
Exit to point "0"
Access to the salary level
Increasing the team
The first losses
Systematization of business (I = enterprise)
Viewing the business model
First export attempts
Exit from business
Closing the business
If you see yourself at a certain stage — know that it is not accidental and you are moving in the right direction.
All entrepreneurs go through the same challenges.
A very interesting analogy can be drawn with the famous Hero Journey tool. This tool was created by Joseph Campbell and later adapted by Christopher Vogler.
Joseph Campbell is an American mythology researcher. With his book «A Hero with a Thousand Faces», according to George Lucas, he was the inspiration behind the Star Wars movie. Christopher Vogler is a Hollywood producer and author of the Screenwriting Guide.
We believe that the path of the Hero partially reflects the path of the entrepreneur.
The usual world
The Hero lives here before his new story begins.
A call to adventure
The Hero's adventure begins when he faces a challenge. There is something that disturbs the comfort of the familiar world of the Hero.
Refusal of the call
Although the Hero may seek to accept the challenge, at this stage he will have many fears that will have to be overcome. It is often a struggle with oneself.
Meeting with a mentor
At this crucial moment, when the Hero desperately needs mentoring, he meets a mentor. He gives him wise advice, practical training and self-confidence. The mentor dispels the doubts and fears of the Hero, gives him strength and courage.
Crossing the threshold
Now the Hero is ready to act. He will cross the threshold between the world he is familiar with and the world he does not know. He starts doing something for the first time in his life. Or something really scary. But this is the right decision.
Tests, allies, enemies
Outside comfort zone, the Hero faces an increasingly difficult series of challenges that test him in different ways. These can be physical obstacles or people that hinder his progress. The hero must overcome every challenge on the way to his ultimate goal. The hero needs to find out who can be trusted and who can't. This is the stage when his skills are tested.
Hike to the deepest cave
This may be an internal conflict that the Hero has not had to face so far. As the Hero approaches the cave, he must make the final preparations before making this leap into the great unknown. On the threshold of the most secret cave, the Hero may once again face some doubts and fears that first arose after his call for adventure.
The Hero must use all his skills and experience gathered on the way to the deepest cave to overcome his most difficult challenge. This is the most important moment in the story of the Hero. Everything dear to him is at stake.
Reward (capture of the sword)
After overcoming his greatest personal challenge, the Hero becomes a stronger person. And often receives a reward — more knowledge or insight. The hero must quickly postpone the festivities and prepare for the last part of his journey.
The way back
Now the Hero must return home with his reward. But the Hero's journey is not over yet. The moment before the Hero begins the last stage of his journey, maybe the moment when he must choose between a personal goal and a higher cause.
This is the culmination in which the Hero has the last and most dangerous battle. In the end, the Hero will succeed and come out of the battle purified and revived.
Сome back as a hero
This is the final stage of the Hero's journey, in which he returns home as a changed person. He learned many things, faced many terrible dangers, but now he hopes for a new life.