I find that so many people want the title of entrepreneur, yet too many are unwilling to accept the often unsexiness of this role. Becoming an entrepreneur is more than a title. It is a decision that requires you to constantly evaluate whether you are in it for the right reasons. For a long time, it is less than glamorous. Long hours, sacrificing leisure for focus and luxuries for maintaining basic necessities are just a short list of the realities of an entrepreneur.
There are quite a few sacrifices that you can face in the name of building a business. The reality is that the steps that you need to take towards the road to entrepreneurship will break you down and redefine you. Everyone isn’t built for it. You have to have an unshakeable faith that what you are attempting is worth the risk rather than left in a dormant pile of dreams or ideas never realized.
Did you know: Only 10% of people ever pursue their dreams?
If you get far enough in this process, you will reevaluate everything from your finances to the people in your life. There is no place for toxic people or wavering relationships. Your ability to continue will depend on your own wherewithal to see this idea come to fruition. Additionally, you will often need to draw on the strength and encouragement of others to keep going.
If you are thinking of starting a business today, here’s a simple litmus test to help you decide whether to proceed or not:
- Are you willing to sacrifice your current lifestyle to build something you believe
- Do you have people in your life that support your vision? If no, are you intrinsically-motivated enough to push yourself through adversity?
- Do you believe in your solution, product, or service?
- Does your solution, product, or service solve a problem?
- Will all of your efforts be worth it regardless of the outcome?
If you answered “yes” to all of these, you are well on your way to understanding the true essence of becoming an entrepreneur. If you answered “no” to any of these questions, it is worth it to explore any deficits or barriers to success prior to jumping on the entrepreneur bandwagon.
Know that it is worth evaluating this upfront. Entrepreneurship may not be an option for you. In fact, it may be just as well if becoming an entrepreneur isn’t right for you. That last thing we need is people going into business for themselves, just because it “seems” like the thing to do. If you have been mildly coaxed to explore this, it is best that you go into it with some basic questions answered so you can make an informed decision.
In the end, it is a matter of how you plan to use the 90,000 hours experts say we will spend over our lifetimes working. The call-to-action for us all is to walk and work within our purpose. It’s clear that doing anything otherwise hasn’t served us as a society; let alone as individuals.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]