There comes a time in your life that you must be ready to embrace who you really are. For some, that means a career change or a new hobby. For me, it meant finding a situation that freed me to actually create and live my dream life… it meant to return to entrepreneurship.
It meant a return to entrepreneurship.
More than money or just being my own boss, my personal motivation was freedom. I NEEDED to be the master of my own time and have the flexibility to pursue my purpose. I was longer okay with my worth being determined by an employer. I wanted complete control of the direction that my life was heading in. I did a little research and found that I wasn’t the only who felt this way. A recent Cox Business study found that more than 50% of women became entrepreneurs to have control over their future. That’s a large number of women, wanting control of their own potential, right?
Question: If women are realizing that they can be their own boss, what keeps so many from following their dreams and creating their own businesses?
For most, the answer is simple: comfort and familiarity.
Think about it, whether you like your job or not, it’s comfortable (and safe): You receive a paycheck twice a month; Your medical benefits and retirement savings are automatically deducted; You have accrued paid time off. It’s familiar because like most you’ve been groomed to get a solid education, climb the corporate ladder and create a cozy home for you and your family. Anything outside of those parameters can be seen as risky and reckless.
Before I took a chance on myself, I was quite successful in corporate America; with a job that I found very simple. With the transition to self-employment, I realized that I was solely responsible for EVERYTHING. While I was mentally prepared for the challenge it was still an adjustment from having staff and assistants. Only when I remembered the advice that I had often given to my coaching clients, “No matter how scary it looks, just start. One step at a time, just start,” was I was able to stop focusing on the big picture and get busy with the individual steps needed to gain momentum.
Let me share my top three keys to taking your own leap, staying focused and conquering your fears
Don’t look for others to champion your idea or even be fully supportive when you first get started. In moments that others deposit doubt, remember that this is your business; you’re the visionary, and no one else needs to validate your endeavor.
There will be days that you feel completely overwhelmed or defeated. It’s up to you to create a positive attitude. When you work for yourself you have to be ready to celebrate even the smallest milestones. Finally check off everything on your daily to-do list, in one day? Break out the champagne. The energy made in those moments of accomplishment will be much needed in times of doubt or pressure.
My father always told me to see situations from a 360-degree perspective. Meaning, always consider every side: what the other person is thinking, how they feel and what the possible outcomes are. Because of this, I learned to not envy others success; because I had no real idea how good or bad they were really doing. Jealousy can lead you down a path of ungratefulness. Stay humble, non-judgmental and most of all grateful for the opportunity to pursue your own dreams.
Hi, I’m Tiffany Nicole a lifestyle & money blogger in Atlanta, GA.