From the 9-5 Grind to Consultant – How do you know when the time is right?
I’ve met so many people who are frustrated and unhappy in their jobs/careers and they long to be their own boss. Sunday anxiety, Monday morning blues and Friday euphoria are the norms. Sadly only a minute few will ever take the steps to get to the holy land of Entrepreneurship.
When I ask “Why?”, I get a slew of what I’ll call excuses. I’m here to debunk the myths and give you some “real talk” on what it takes.
- MYTH: Not Enough Money REAL TALK: I’ll push back and ask “So, what IS enough money for you to have the life you want?” No one can ever give me a real dollar amount. What it comes down to is fear of the unknown and the unwillingness to make some luxury sacrifices. No, you will never really have enough money because most people, the more money they get the more they spend and it’s a vicious cycle. Which goes back to the sacrifices. In order to leave your full-time job with benefits, most start-up entrepreneurs have to give up a few things. (Take my income reality test here)
- MYTH: Not enough Time REAL TALK: Everyone has 24 hours in the day, out of that you should sleep for 7-8 hours. Most people work for 8 hours a day, toss in some commuting and dealing with life things – say another 4 hours. That leaves 4-5 hours every day that you can be working on getting what you want. Most people waste a ton of time on things that aren’t going to serve their purpose of getting out of their 9-5 job. Sure reading a good book is fun, binge-watching Netflix is as well, playing video games, cellphone games – the list goes on. Make it a priority, just like eating and sleeping
- MYTH: Not Ready. REAL TALK: Like having enough money, you will never be ready. What you do need to know that DONE is better than PERFECT and you have to start somewhere. Eat the elephant one bite at a time versus trying to eat it all at once. You don’t need the fancy office now, hell you don’t even need business cards – all you need is you and maybe a notepad and pen.
- MYTH: If I fail, my life is over. REAL TALK: Every entrepreneur I know (including myself) has failed more times than they care to think about (including yours truly). Failure is just part of the process, accept it in fact embrace it. The more you fail, the more you learn.
Regret is a horrible thing. Putting off until tomorrow rarely works, because tomorrow you’ll put it off again, and again until tomorrow doesn’t come. I’ve seen it too many times.
As the famed Wayne Gretsky said – “You miss 100% of the shots you never take”.