If it were easy, everyone would do it : An Outside idea from Eric Wroolie

If it were easy, everyone would do it :Eric Wroolie Headshot An Outside idea from Eric Wroolie

Good morning, everyone. I’m so delighted to do this week’s Outside idea. My name is Eric and I make apps. I own an app development company called Overpass Apps.
If there’s one thing everyone can agree on… it’s that this has been a tough year and a half. It’s been tough personally, and for some of us professionally. 

It’s so easy to want to get back to the good old days when everything was easy.  But it wasn’t always easy.
I started my company back in 2004.  It stayed small for a decade with just me. Then it grew a bit with an offshore team, then a few employees here, then it shrunk down to just me and my offshore guys again.  Up, then down, then up again, then down.  Get me in the wrong state of mind, and you may even hear me grumble a complaint from time to time.  But if I wanted easy, I would have found myself a job.
There’s a lot of stress involved in running a company. A lot of learning.  A lot of loneliness.  There have been months when I felt I was in total control and everything was going perfectly, and months where I felt things were slipping.  Back in the old days, I just had to deal with this myself.  Most people didn’t understand the difficulties.  And you still need to demonstrate confidence in the face of doubt to everyone you care about—whether that be in front of your family, your team, or your clients.
So… the support network really helps.  I’m so glad I met Pete and Outside Ideas—and that I have met so many of you.
I enjoy meeting other business owners—not just so they can potentially be clients, but so they can be people I know who also just ‘get it’.  I need more believers in my life.
I have nothing but respect for business owners who are willing to be vulnerable.  I love those who can talk about when they were not in control and see the pride they have for when they are.
If running a business were easy, everyone would do it.  It looks so easy from the outside.  We all have our problems and stresses. It can be missed deadlines or difficult contractors or grumpy clients or, oh…. I don’t know, a global pandemic.
It was a tough year.  But they’ve all been tough in one way or another.  I admire those who stick with it. 

Thank you all for not giving up.
Eric Wroolie
Overpass Apps

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