Are you passionate about your business? Is it your dream, or escape? Did you dream about doing it when you were a kid, or did it just pop into your head one day? Does it really matter? If you want to truly be successful: yes it does. There’s a huge difference between being a entrepreneur because you want to be, and being one because you’re forced to be. Can both ways be lucrative? Short answer: yes. But, one will make you jump out bed in the morning, the other may become your slave driving master. Which one would you prefer?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be my own boss. I don’t remember why, I just knew that I wanted to be. I have dabbled in many businesses over the years, and I’ve learned a lot from all of them. Finding my niche hasn’t really been that hard. I enjoy sales, and I love a good challenge. Sales is challenging and rewarding at the same time. And I have a vision for what I want to do and how much time it’s going to take me to get there in the future.
It takes perseverance, courage, persistence, a love of learning, having the ability to handle constant rejection, and being willing to learn from your mistakes to make it. Having the capacity for personal growth, and flexibility to change is essential to your survival in business and in life. A business really can become a part of you, but don’t let it be your total identity.
You do have to eat, sleep and dream about your business to succeed. If you view the business like child rearing, then you’re on the right track. You have to be there, nurture it, watch it grow. Figure out when to step into a situation, and when to let things work themselves out. There will be times when you have to stay close, and time when you have to keep you distance to see what direction it goes. But in the end, everything pays off if you are willing to learn as you go. Just like raising a child is unique to each family, so is running a business with each business owner.
The experience should be one that lets you rise to the occasion. Your business should bring out the best in you. It will be filled with difficulties, setbacks, and major disappointments. But, if it’s truly what you want, it will all be worth it in the end. You will be so focused on what you want, that you will be consumed ( in a good way ) with succeeding. If you love what you do, the money will come. You won’t dread getting up in the morning. And, if it’s truly what you love, you won’t see it as merely earning a living. You can do that with a job.
Being in business also has it’s share of responsibility, to oneself as well as to the others who depend on your success. The ones that will be affected by your failure if things don’t work out. Like a marriage, you have to be fully committed. No commitment, no success. That’s the way it works. You can go in halfway. You’ll need the right support system as well. The more positive people in your corner the better. But, beware: yes men are dangerous. They only tell you what you want to hear, and will be the first to jump ship when things don’t work out. Fair weather friends that they are, they aren’t authentic.
Life as an entrepreneur is rewarding, challenging, and lucrative. It’s also a way of life that you can be the most fulfilling thing you can engage in. You can wake up everyday looking forward to what you’re building, and feeling accomplished. Knowing that you are going to be doing this for as long as you desire. Making an impact, and loving every minute of it. It’s all up to you. Having a great attitude, and passing it on. Sleeping soundly at night because you are doing what you’re meant to do. You’re dream has come true. And everything you eat tastes better. The entrepreneurial life is one you relish and wouldn’t trade for anything. Making your dream come true.