If you're like me, you get super excited about generating and executing on new business ideas.
Lots of them. Too many, really.
It often leads to my wife thinking, "Hey man, do you ever turn off? Here, have a beer tonight. I insist."
But when most of the ideas don't work out, I wonder whether I should just drop it all and go become a professional tap dancer. (You should see the picture of me tap dancing as a 6-year-old. Super embarrassing.)
Luckily, I've spent years memorizing hundreds of facts via my environmental science undergraduate degree many moons ago.
And in those mental gymnastics, I remember that most seeds, spores, shoots, krill, and animal species do not survive to adulthood.
OK, I know you were waiting for it. Here's one more acorn analogy to add to the dozens in the inspiration and self development world:
Only about 1 out of 10,000 acorns become giant oak trees.
Coming home each day, I see a fantastic white oak in our front yard.
It has a far reaching and ominous crown that seems to whisper to me, "I hope you appreciate my 100 years of growth from a tiny acorn because during the next ice storm, I might just drop a huge limb on your roof. #LoveYou"
Glass half full, I appreciate the small chance that any new idea becomes as impressive as a towering oak tree.
That reality should help me from becoming a deer in headlights when new idea don't work out as expected.
As Entrepreneurs for Impact, it might be helpful to remember that acorns don't cry when being eaten by the squirrel. (But that is a funny image.) Instead, it's just part of the process.
[OK, now cue some music from Saturday Night Live's Jack Handy sketches. For some laughs, check out samples here.]