Thursday, March 08, 2012

Saying Yes To Entrepreneurship

It can be frightening.  There are many unknowns.  Pressure to succeed can be overwhelming.  Family and friends may discourage you from trying.  Yet, you still want to start and grow your own business.

If you have a yearning to be an entrepreneur it will continually call to you from somewhere deep inside your very being.  Working for others will quietly gnaw at your soul.  Bosses and co-workers will disappoint you at every turn.  You will second guess the decisions of others.  Watching people start and grow companies will make you envious of their journey.

If you have this desire to be an entrepreneur then get ready to say "yes".  This could mean that you take a leap of faith to pursue your dreams full-time, or maybe you start a side business that allows you to test your abilities for starting your own venture.  If you really are called to being an entrepreneur you will never be satisfied until you go for it.

This does not mean that success is guaranteed.  Some will fail and have to try again and again.  There will be those who pack it up and go back to working for another company.  Others may succeed and not enjoy the responsibilities that go with being the boss.  But maybe you will find exactly what you have been seeking your entire career.  As Wayne Gretzky said "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take".

A great way to get yourself comfortable with becoming an entrepreneur is to surround yourself with other business owners.  Spend time getting to know them professionally and socially while observing how they go about running their companies.  There is no one right answer, but if you are not knowledgeable about what it takes to have a business, then you will be blindsided by too many unknowns.

Those with a real entrepreneurial spirit seem to be drawn together, so when you meet business owners be open to talking with them about your quest.  It really does not matter if people are creating large companies or if they are solo-preneurs, there are many similarities with entrepreneurs and the desire can be contagious.

Contemplating your leap to entrepreneurship will allow you to be prepared when the right opportunity crosses your path.  If you know you want it, then be ready to say "Yes".

Have A Great Day.

thom singer

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