Don’t Become an Entrepreneur If…

There are many blogs, posts, books etc. that highlight the great things about working for yourself. They make it seem like it is for everyone but that’s as true as saying we can all become professional skydivers, even if you have a crippling fear of heights. The point is one path does not fit all, we’re all equipped to do different jobs. So even if you have a fantastic idea think about the following things before you embark on this entrepreneurial road.

Don’t become an entrepreneur if….

1. You hate being told what to do/listening to others
– Many find the idea of working for oneself appealing because they can be their own boss; they can become fully autonomous beings; it’s their way or the highway. WRONG! As an entrepreneur you have to do more listening than ever before. Firstly, you must listen to your customers. It doesn’t matter what you think they want if it’s not what they actually want. No matter how much you love your product the customer knows best. Also your staff aren’t your slaves, at times they will take a different approach to a task that you have given them and their views do matter because they may have a better perspective than you on certain things.

2. You hate working long hours.
– Another alluring trait of being an entrepreneur is the idea that you can use your time how you wish. You can work from the comfort of your own home and take breaks at will. This may be true for those who want to go out of business quicker than you can say “liquidation” but for those of us looking to build an empire, that is as far from reality as you can get. I once heard someone say “If want to give up that 9-5, you have to be willing to work 24/7”. The hours are long and quite often your weekend must be sacrificed. Are you willing to work early and go to bed late? Can you operate on 4-5 hours of sleep when necessary? Can you forgo nights out with friends if the situation requires it? If the answer to any of these is no then I’d reconsider the whole entrepreneur thing.

3. You can’t take rejection
– The truth is most of us hate rejection. “NO!” How can a two letter word fill us with so much fear?! We’ll do anything to avoiding coming face to face with this word. I get it, but the fact of the matter is in business you’re gonna hear far more “no”s than “yeses”. It’s sad, it’s painful but you have to be willing to keep trying anyway. You can’t be afraid of hearing it because you’ll pass up many precious opportunities that may have actually resulted in a “yes”. Can you handle a day of “no”s, or week of “no”s or even a month of “no”s?
You can’t deal with (or not willing to deal with) failure and disappointment this isn’t the path for you.

I realise that this post is slightly depressing lol, but take heart because just because you said no to say of the above doesn’t mean it’s all over. As long as you’re willing to make the necessary changes then there’s still hope.

To all the entrepreneurs out there, can you relate to this? Are there any other things you’d add to this list? Comment below

Till next time. Keep Getting It!

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Throwing In the Towel and Picking it Back Up again

Today I came the closest I have ever been to giving up. I had finally reached the end of my tether, I had tried everything I knew to do, and nothing was paying dividend. Nothing! Yup! This morning I was ready to throw in the towel. I cried and cried, got angry and cried again. I checked  my emails and saw a LinkedIn email saying “[so and so] had got a new job, click to congratulate them”. Browsing through LinkedIn I hit with the harsh reality that while my friends continue to climb up the  career ladder, I am no closer than I was 2 years ago, after leaving Uni, to my goals. I cried some more.

So I thought, If I’m going to throw in the towel, I’d better start looking for a full-time job, my stomach turned. I continued. I googled “graduate schemes” clicked on a fairly attractive position with a competitive salary and benefits, opened the application and I cried the ugliest cry of all the cries I had cried that day. It dawned on me that if I went along with this, this could be the end of the road. Was I really giving up? Or was I just mitigating my losses? Either way my soggy face indicated that the prospect of quitting didn’t fill me with much joy.

Just then, my phone rang, it was brother asking for a lift. While driving, you guessed it, I cried some more. I gathered my thoughts (as best as I could under the circumstances) and admitted that even though I wanted to quit, I didn’t ready to quit. I couldn’t live with the ‘what ifs’ I’d be asking myself forever. I couldn’t face myself knowing I’d given up on my dreams. I wasn’t ready to quit.

The reality of life as an entrepreneur is that this bed of roses has thorns. Sharp ones, and every so often you get pricked and it hurts. The path I have chosen is far from easy, on the contrary it’s possibly the most difficult road. The risks are high and the guarantees are nil. Many brave (or naive) people start this journey but very few people make it to where I’m headed. It’s a winding, ill lit path that is thwart with the unexpected but for the few that diligently continue, for those who feel the fear, disappointed, pain, hurt, endure the setbacks and continue anyway the rewards are untold. Yes my friends the sweet success that is coming will be so very worth it.

I’m planning to do a post called “Don’t be an entrepreneur if….” During this episodic break down a lot points came to me and I thought it would be share them. Stay tuned.

Tell me, how often do you feel like giving up? What was the closest you got to almost giving up for good?

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Till next time. Keep Gettin’ It!