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Are You a Gardener or an Architect?

Angela is always on the lookout on how to better prepare for a financially viable future.

Which One Are You?


'There are architects and gardeners'.

The architects do blueprints before they drive the first nail, they design the entire house, where the pipes are running, and how many rooms there are going to be, how high the roof will be.

But the gardeners just dig a hole and plant the seed and see what comes up.'I have also realised that entrepreneurs can also be architects and gardeners.

When it comes to business, do you plan everything out in advance or start to see what happens? Some entrepreneurs are like architects. They plan things out in minor detail. They do market research, write a business plan, have a location organised, and have a business name and long list of what is needed before they even start. They often have a clear vision of what their ultimate goal is.

Do You Prefer to Plan?


Other entrepreneurs can relate to gardeners, who throw an idea out to the wind and watch to see if it catches hold. Or they kind of just 'fell' into an entrepreneurial enterprise.

They will ponder and persevere, excited about the mystery that could happen at any given moment.

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So as an entrepreneur, do you identify more as an architect or a gardener? Do you plan things and work to a plan? Or do you go with the flow, try something out and see what happens? So which is better?

Well, I don't think this is a choice, where you have to be either one or the other.

You are most likely both, but one is more prominent. An innovation skill is working on your strengths but collaborating with others on your weaknesses.

It is excellent to plan as an architect, but you can often get so bogged down in detail that you miss the opportunity of a great idea as it doesn't go with your plan.

As a gardener, you can throw caution to the wind and see where it takes you, but as a deadline approaches, you might find your business coming to an end if you did not plan for setbacks.

Should You Choose?


Are You a Gardening Architect, or an Architectural Gardener

So, become a gardening architect, or an architectural gardener. You will need to learn to accommodate both ends of the spectrum either by learning to change or collaborating with someone who can help you with your weakness.

Who knows what Game of Thrones idea you might create.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Angela Lancaster

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