It seems one of the most common questions I get asked when I haven’t seen someone for a while is “How’s work”. Almost every time my answer was always “meh”, “same old same old” or “I hate it with a fiery burning passion”.
I will never forget the first time I started my own businesses, attempted some side jobs and even starting this blog. It gave me a sense of freedom that I never felt while I had my other jobs.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a lot of cool gigs and benefits when I worked at the companies I’ve been with. Even with all the extra perks, things just never felt right. I saw how engaged and proactive others were and I just didn’t have that passion.
Now before I dive into this list, it’s important that you know I’m not encouraging anyone to quit, even though I’ll probably be talking about working for yourself a lot on this site. I don’t want any of you taking “leaps of faith” without first doing your due diligence. It takes a lot of hard work and planning to pull off being successful on your own.
Now, Here Are Three Signs You’re Ready To Be An Entrepreneur:
You’re daydreaming while working
House Flipping, Mug and Cake making, Dropshipping. These are just a few of many things I thought about. For whatever reason, I just hate, absolutely hate the feeling of having to work for someone. The feeling that someone can put so much of their energy and time into a job that only makes someone else rich and not you.
Life is short, so why are you doing things you don’t enjoy…?
One thing that has and will always stick with me is a quote I heard during my graduation ceremony.
“If today was your last day, would you be happy with what you are about to do today?”
If your answer to this is no for too many days, then clearly some changes should be made.
Now don’t get me wrong, everyday workers who enjoy what they do should have no issue with this, however for me. It’s just not enough. The problem that I have is that I couldn’t figure out what made me happy and made me enjoy what I was doing.
You Feel Like You’re Suffocating At Your Job
This was probably one of the biggest things for me. Suffocating is probably the only way to describe how I felt. Waking up every day with that feeling of “Ugh, I don’t want to do this” gets old really fast. Even if you are good at what you do, a lack of passion will forever keep you from being the best of the best.
It almost felt like a disservice to what I was doing. I would get the jobs done, don’t get me wrong. But I had absolutely no motivation to go the extra mile or do more.
On the few companies I have started, honestly every day I worked never felt like actual work. I felt like I was free to make my own decisions. Do my own thing. The best part? I was truly in control of what happened and I felt like I could really make a difference.
Your Future Self
Seriously – take a look in the mirror and ask yourself; in 10, 20, even 30 years down the road if you are happy with what you’re currently doing. Can you see yourself in the same job or line of work?
If you’re looking in the mirror and you don’t see happiness then it’s a pretty big sign you need to start hustling for more of what you want to do.
The best thing about entrepreneurship? It doesn’t have to be full-time. If you want to start your own business I encourage you to. But if you’re like the rest of us who need a source of income to support ourselves, a side business working a few hours here and there could be a great start.
The worse thing that could happen is that you fail miserably, but so what? Would you rather look back and say “What if?”.
It’s Never Too Late To Start
Your business idea doesn’t have to be extremely complex. There are SO many ways to make extra money – and you never know what those ideas can turn into.
Right now, this is just a blog. Who knows if this will actually turn into anything or not.
If you have a job and love what you do, then all the best to you. Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone and there are a ton of issues that people with traditional jobs will never have to face.
But, if you’re happy with how your life is going and know you need to make a change, stop talking, stop thinking about it, and JUST DO IT. (I couldn’t help myself, it’s just so catchy)
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Good Luck, Newbies