The Wantrepreneur’s First Steps
definition: Someone enamored with one day running their own business, owning their time, and building a cash flow machine, but is afraid, or waiting, to pull the trigger on starting.
Lots of people like the idea of being a successful entrepreneur, most of them never pull the trigger because they are waiting for the “perfect moment”. Unfortunately, there is never going to be a perfect moment.
You might as well make a move right now. But, if you don’t feel comfortable, you should at least start doing these six things to make it easier on yourself when you decide to make it happen.
Doing these things will not guarantee your success, but they will certainly increase your odds.
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You Are Hiking
The pursuit of a goal, be it professional or personal, can be all-consuming. It is very easy to put on blinders and hone in on a single outcome defining personal success or total failure.
There is nothing wrong with an earnest campaign.
But remember, you are not simply following some predetermined course that Google Maps dictated to you. You are hiking.
On the trail, hikers have a distinct end goal in mind. Get to shelter. Trek twelve miles today. Complete the journey.
They will certainly come across segments of the trail that require all-consuming focus and perseverance. The crossing of a some uneven terrain, or climbing a 20 degree grade for two miles.
There is a lot less talking and joking going on between a party of hikers when they meet these obstacles, as each person turns inward for their core motivations and base instincts.
However, the hiker also takes breaks to sit on the side of the trail and take in nature's beauty. They know they should drink in these views that will be unattainable just a mile down the trail. The hiker knows that these images will be burned into their memory and just like the pain and determination that was required to climb the peak.
The same truth applies to every step of your personal journey.
There is beauty in the furrowed brow of your colleague next door, the late night, slightly misspelled email outlining a new idea, the taste of the coffee propelling you into motion, and even the familiar face of the parking lot shuttle driver.
No matter what goal you are pursuing, no matter how well you've laid your plans, always be on the lookout for the grand view waiting for you to stop and look up. Every step of the trail offers an unnoticed spectacle waiting to be appreciated. Being present in such moments will fill you with a renewed energy that will propel you forward with an incomparable vigor.
There's Room for One More
I have really good news for you. You do not not have to settle for a mediocre existence. You are not stuck.
No matter how old or young, no matter what your level of education, you hold your destiny in your hands. Maybe you have forgotten this fundamental truth.
Maybe you’ve heard, either implicitly or explicitly, that you should give up on your dream. Someone who was "looking out for you", suggested you take the safe route. Momentum and naivete have brought you to a point where practicality trumps dream-chasing.
Do not fear. Like a cowboy on a bronco, intention and unwavering focus can guide life in the direction that you choose.
Pick an daunting industry; entertainment, entrepreneurship, science, business, or writing. One of the most common refrains you'll hear from a wannabe is that, "It's not practical" or "too hard to break into".
I’ve got great news; You're wrong
There's room for one more.
One more person who wants it so bad they will run through a brick wall.
One person willing to stay up until midnight reading the writings of those who've come before.
One more person who is dedicated to their own unique spin, not just copying and imitating.
One more person who is excited to blaze a new route and avoid the path of least resistance.
Lucky you, you're just in time.
P.S. - Once you’re there make room for the next person!
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