You see, I worked in a “cubicle job” helping customers call in and either fix their bill, or fix any other issue that they may have had. The stress day after day was changing me into someone I really didn’t want to be. I was tired all the time, came home and took it out on my family if I had a bad day…it just got worse and worse. Then, it affected my health. Sitting for 10 hours listening to people yell at me over the phone about their problems, my “boss” hovering over my shoulder as they watched my every move….time is money, the longer you talk to that customer, the more money it costs the company.
My problem with this was…..If I don’t fix their problem the first time, they will call back anyway and get another person and be even MORE upset.
Either way, I could not win, and the stress became too much. I took a medical leave for my health issues…..and, well, as the time approached to go back to work, I again didn’t feel like going back. The feeling in my gut just CHURNED and I started feeling sick all over again with the mere thought of the experience of going back. I JUST couldn’t do it ANOTHER DAY!
So, what did I decide? I decided I NEVER wanted to have that “SICK” feeling again. Begging for time off, worry about being late, fighting traffic, etc.
I considered Entrepreneurship….AGAIN, after not being successful more than 5 years at it, and I remember the risk and hard work.
It was like I “Created” a job for myself, even more-so than when I was working for someone ELSE and building THEIR dreams and making THEIR pockets richer.
But, one of many things I learned from that the first time, is you reap what you sow. If you work hard, the only person that gains from your efforts is YOU. Yes, you may fail…..yes, people may laugh at you or poke jokes about you starting your own business, but you must remember WHY you want to do the job in the FIRST place!
“Other people’s opinions never really pays the bills”
So, I jumped in with both feet and started my own business from home. Yes, it was scary, yes there were times I had people laugh at me and make jokes….but I always remembered WHY I wanted to do it, and what is MOST important to me. MY FAMILY.
Check them out, and see if any of them match what you have thought in the past, or may be thinking now.
1. I don’t have enough time for this kind of thing….
I hear this so very often. The honest truth is, if you WAIT until you THINK you have enough time for something, you will never MAKE the time to do it. A person that has dreams and a vision strong enough to go after what they REALLY want in life will FIND and MAKE time to go after their dreams. You just have to want it bad enough. Think about the things that you could give up for a SHORT time, such as watching TV 2 hours a night, so that you and your family could have TIME to do things together without worry of having to go to the JOB in the morning.
2. I don’t have what it takes to work in my own home business or work online…
The first thing in what it takes to have your own business is confidence. Confidence will come with time as you learn more about it along the way. The biggest thing is to BELIEVE in yourself. Honestly, there is no “one certain type of person” that can achieve this or that job. It all starts with confidence and belief in yourself and what you have to offer. A desire to become successful and to work hard is of the essence in working from home.
3. I’m not smart enough for all the technical knowledge that is required these days because I know nothing about computers…
4. It will be way too hard to learn everything I will need to know…
This, I believe is a PURE MINDSET issue. Again, it comes down to determination and a burning desire. Think of other entrepreneurs that you may know….do you think they may have known everything they need to know overnight? No, they didn’t. I personally, am one of them. I taught myself everything that you have learned from this blog through books, mentors, etc. and I NEVER gave up. Believe in yourself! You are WAY smarter than you give yourself credit for….it all comes down again, to that ONE thing….CONFIDENCE in yourself.
5. What if I fail? I will be ruined if I fail…
This paragraph….well, I could write about it forever. Fear of failure is our biggest dream killer. It can overcome you so badly that you tend to “back up” into the safe zone of the same old everyday routine. Our brain tricks us to say “Failure will make people laugh at you, stick with what you know and you will stay safe.
Well, some of the most successful entrepreneurs have failed over and over again…..BUT, it helped them learn, grow and prosper into what they are today. As far as being ruined…..depends on how you think of it. The failure is a learning process….so, does it really ruin you?
Think about when you were small and were learning to ride a bicycle. You started with training wheels and help and eventually were on your own. I’m sure you fell a few times and probably skinned up your knees, or hit the bird feeder (like me when I was 6- HEAD ON, mind you- it really hurt). After you fell, you got right back on, right? You don’t learn without failure in life. The more you fail, the more you learn. It’s something you don’t forget in your life, and you gain a skill then, to never forget from your mistakes.
6. Being an entrepreneur is like playing scratch off tickets….it’s a gamble and too risky…
I personally think this is a matter of silly opinion. Again, it comes down to what you BELIEVE and what you WANT bad enough in life. The problem with the whole idea of thinking entrepreneurship is risky, is because all too often we have seen our friends, co workers or family try it and fail.…so we “form an opinion” INSTANTLY of Entrepreneurship is risky.
Let’s think about this in reality a little bit here. How hard did they work…..how much time did they put into it….did they have a proper mentor to guide them?Many times, there are factors missing that we don’t hear about, we only hear of the failure part. “My cousin tried that work from home thing and it never made him a dime”….THAT we hear a LOT.You see, the vision or “image” that has been given in our minds is that we can “get rich quick”….which in some cases may be true, but it also requires all of the things I have mentioned above, and the last factor of course is TIME.You CANNOT expect to start a business on Monday and be filthy RICH by Friday. It just doesn’t work that way.In the book that you see at the right (to listen to) the opinion of the term “Entrepreneur” over the years has been perceived as the “crazy ones” or the “risk takers and gamblers”. Well, I used to think the same way, and if you are like me, I don’t care for READING books much, I would rather download them and listen to them, so here you go. I listened to it 3 times, and the RISK that you take….well, I will never forget what I learned in this book about entrepreneurship. Go ahead and listen to it, and you may just change your mind about it being like a scratch off ticket, or get rid of your fear of failure in business.
7. It costs too much money to start a business and I am not willing to risk that…
8. I like my job I have now and I don’t like change…
Well, good for you that you like your current job, but how will you ever know what’s out there if you don’t try something new? I’ve seen so many people say they like their current job…and then one day….they suddenly have no job and have no idea what to do, and since they don’t like change, they refuse to step outside of their comfort zone.
|Well, good for you that you like your current job, but how will you ever know what’s out there if you don’t try something new? I’ve seen so many people say they like their current job…and then one day….they suddenly have no job and have no idea what to do, and since they don’t like change, they refuse to step outside of their comfort zone.Check out this video on the right, where Tony Robbins speaks of how people make up their mind about something from and experience of the past, or are just plain afraid of change all together, out of fear itself.|
9. I need a better Education because I don’t know what to do…
Do you know that some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world never even went to college or some tried it and dropped out? In an article on The College Drop-Outs Hall of Fame, you will be amazed at the stories of successful entrepreneurs that never had, or never finished a formal college education. Some of the names include Famous Actor Clint Eastwood, Thomas Edison, Queen Elizabeth II, Louis Armstrong, Famous Music Artist Adele….and many more.
A survey conducted by Bloomberg in 2010 show that the school of hard knocks was the number one source (tied with the University of California) for CEOs of S&P 500 companies. Harvard was the #3 source (along with the universities of Texas, Missouri, and Wisconsin). The school of hard knocks features CEOs who never graduated from college. Credit: The College Drop-Outs Hall of Fame John Kremer
On the next subject of not knowing what to do…..think about all the successful entrepreneurs out there that did not go to school. I can tell you right now, they probably did not know what to do in the beginning along the way either. Being an entrepreneur is a learning process. Many many of the things I have learned along the way I have learned from books, YouTube, Friends online in the same profession, attending seminars. Being in the world of Entrepreneurship is an ever evolving process. You will continue to learn through the years, and you will never be a master at EVERYTHING overnight, or maybe even never. (not at everything at least, but a whole lot more than when you first started of course)
10. I will be laughed at and not have approval from my friends, family, coworkers, etc.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. THE ONLY THING STOPPING YOU FROM SUCCESS IS YOU!