What was holding you back from being an entrepreneur?
Nothing was or is, other than time perhaps. That’s the one thing it is hard to get more of. The Alchemical Nursery is a non-profit labor of love, perhaps some day it will be the source of someone’s making a living, but for now, noone associated has been interested in taking the steps to make it so (most of us have other jobs, some of us are young and inexperienced, or have other goals for a career), therefore, we continue along as a grassroots volunteer group.
The main thing I came to speak at 1MC about is Board development and growth. I personally have been bogged down in the minutiae of information and financial record keeping, because it is so hard to find qualified, committed, and responsible people to take on those tasks (Secretary and Treasurer for instance), which would open up time for me to step away from those roles and gain more time for recruiting, fundraising, and project/program development.
What was your worst entrepreneurial moment?
Over the last year, I attempted to step down from the Board of Directors, in order to alleviate issues of founder’s syndrome as well as giving more freedom and initiative to the current Board members at that time. It was a failure for various reasons, and I am now struggling to pick the pieces back up, along with a few individuals who have started to “come on”!
How did you gain clarity and know what steps to do next?
The 1MC opportunity came at just the right time to help me gain back some of that clarity. I have given myself the permission to fail, and to allow others to fail. And in doing so creating clarity among the Board, not just myself. I am confident, and capable, and I will continue on, but can only do so the best for the organization if others who are involved take action and initiative, take on responsibility, and fully engage ( or, communicate - I find the lack of email response rates to organizational messages for organizing and planning to be a true challenge - and need answers as to how to encourage better electronic communication rates).
What did you get out of today's 1MC?
Access to a great group of interested individuals, who have ideas, energy, and a sense of community. I also wanted to gain perspective, by presenting our story to a new group and seeing what feedback resulted, and that was a great success. I was able to see our organization and our recent efforts a bit better through the eyes of those in attendance, based upon their questions and comments. I may have even gotten a new board member or two as well ;>)