What’s Your Why?

You spent all of 2013 waking up at 5:00AM tread to work in traffic, to make someone else rich. You’ve decided that this year will be the last year. This year you will quit that crappy job and follow your own dreams. You’ll have the freedom to make your own schedule, travel, spend time with your family, and do everything else you’ve ever dreamed of; but why? Why do you think being an entrepreneur is your calling? Have you talked this over with God? Making a decision to become an entrepreneur is a brave one, and should not be taken lightly.

Before you decide that you want to start your own business, take a second and ask yourself what are you doing this for. Is it for the paycheck or the passion, and I hope for your sake and sanity that it’s for the passion. There are so many components of starting your own business that you haven’t even realized yet. Be it writing a sound business plan, the legalities of incorporating, figuring out how to maintain your books so filing taxes next year won’t be a nightmare, or even just the mental stability and focus to see it through. So many people are easily discouraged when they share their ideas and someone thinks it’s stupid, or tells them it’s not good enough, or they see someone else doing what they want to do, and don’t feel they can compete. To be a successful entrepreneur you have to be able to silence all of those voices, all of the nonsense, and keep pushing anyway.

Becoming an entrepreneur is not about waking up and deciding you’re tired of working for someone else so you want to start a side hustle. Being an entrepreneur is about purpose. It is about not just learning a craft, but also continuously researching and studying on your own to perfect that craft. It’s about finding a mentor to help guide you, someone who will hold you accountable when you’re slacking off or getting lazy. It’s about going to sleep at 1:00AM from designing your website and waking up at 5:00AM to get ready for your day job that you still need to work in order to pay for your dreams.

It is about a lot of no’s and a lot of rejection. It’s about loving something so much that even if you could never make a penny from doing it you’d still choose to do it as a hobby, because there is no way you could go the rest of your life without picking up that camera, or threading that needle, or putting on those pointe shoes and teaching that 4-year-old how to do a pas du buree. Being an entrepreneur is much more difficult than working a nine to five.

Now don’t get me wrong, being an entrepreneur can be a blessing. Being able to do what you love everyday will bring a new feeling of joy and peace. It won’t feel like work, it will feel like life. When you put the time and dedication in, you can produce a life of happiness, and living with purpose. But if you’re not ready for the blood, sweat, tears, and long sleepless nights on the way-then you may need to continue waking up at 5:00am, treading to work in traffic, making someone else rich, because being an entrepreneur is not for you.

If you’re strongly considering becoming an entrepreneur I encourage you to answer these 3 questions:

  1. Why do I want to be an entrepreneur, and more importantly why do I want to start this particular business?
  2. Is there a need for what I have to offer?
  3. Am I skilled enough to embark as a professional, and tell people I am an expert at something?

There are many, many more questions to consider when embarking on the road to entrepreneurship, but if you can develop sound answers to these questions then you may be going in the right direction. If you need assistance deciding if being an entrepreneur is right for you, feel free to e-mail us about our Purpose Driven Brainstorming session, which will allow you to view all aspects of entrepreneurship in order to determine if this is the path for you.

Good luck, and Happy New Year!

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