Making dreams a reality is hard work – not just hard work – really hard work. It’s easy to get pumped up when you have a great idea, that’s the motivation to get started but as Zig Ziglar said “Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” So, there it is, motivation isn’t permanent. Eventually the high of that great idea will come down, and all of a sudden this great idea might seem a little daunting. While you have that “Yeah! This is the best idea ever!!” feeling, map out your business plan. As you get into the day to day of your startup you will have your road map keeping your great idea on track.
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As an entrepreneur, you may be (and by may be, I mean most definitely) busy, and you will be working long hours but what you won’t be is always on. So, if you are thinking about owning your own business – be prepared to work a lot of hours, perhaps even juggle a couple of jobs while you are getting started. Be prepared to be chief cook & bottle washer. Wearing all those hats will probably cause you to feel a little worn down sometimes, but that’s where the beauty of the business plan comes in. When you’re not sure how you’re going to move forward dig up your business plan and find the motivation that got you started because you know what a great business idea it is!
Being an entrepreneur isn’t all glitz and glam, it’s not working when you feel like it (at least in the beginning anyway,) and taking long vacations because hey, you’re the boss! Being an entrepreneur is about dedication, hustle, teamwork and always keeping the goal in sight. One of my favorite quotes is from Robert Frost “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” There are always choices in life, you choose what to do to earn a living, so if you want to be an entrepreneur choose it and choose it every single day. Remember when you get up in the morning why you are getting up early, why you are going to that evening networking event and why some (probably most) days you work 12+ hours. As Zig Ziglar also said “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.”