There are so many glorified stories of entrepreneurship that many people have a misinterpretation of the real and respected life of an entrepreneur. Millions of people are making their decision to step out on faith to start their business and become their own BOSS, and many will succeed! Will it be you?
Well, here are 3 ways to tell if you are NOT ready to be your own BOSS and how to get ready fast to be a profitable and successful entrepreneur.
You are NOT ready to be your own BOSS if …
Unfortunately, I believed the “Bootstrap” banter! To bootstrap is to start a business with little capital and I thought that I could get everything I needed for little to no investment. What I learned is that getting the information and services that I needed to be a successful entrepreneur would cost me. If I was not willing to invest my money to get what I needed faster, I would have to invest my time to figure out how to get it slower. Although I learned a great deal along the way, I wasted valuable time, money and potential revenue by being a cheapskate.
I had the misnomer that I would be giving my money away if I hired a coach. This mis-education of money helped me to lose over $50,000 in a year. If I had invested a few hundred dollars in a coach to help me do it right, I would have gotten a return on my investment through building my business the right way with income coming in faster.
TIP: Successful entrepreneurs take risks and understand the value of investing in themselves and their business by getting experienced coaches and talent to help them propel their business to stratospheric success. Don’t be afraid to invest in what you need to be successful. You are worth it. [tweet this]
You are a Know-It-All
I was able to run a financial institution; surely I could certainly run my own business. Right? WRONG! It turns out that there is much more to running your own business than there is to running a business that someone else built. Unfortunately, I was a know it all. I did not think that anyone could tell me something that I did not already know. This cost me big. What will it cost you?
It reminds me of when I was a teenager. I dismissed everything my parents said because I knew so much more than them. Of course, when I grew up and became a parent I finally understood what my parents were trying to tell me. And yes, they were right.
Oftentimes new entrepreneurs have the same mindset that their idea has never been thought of and that it will work regardless of the experience of other entrepreneurs. Take it from me: don’t dismiss the knowledge of an experienced entrepreneur. It is not always that someone is trying to tear down your dream of being the next Bill Gates. The experienced entrepreneurs that you trust just may be sharing some of the requirements and possible obstacles that you may face so that you will be prepared.
TIP: Connect with trusted experienced entrepreneurs. Listen to their wisdom as you would a great-great-grandparent. [tweet this] If you think you know it all, you actually may not know what you do not know, and that is the most expensive ignorance there is.
You are a Scaredy Cat
I wanted to be a successful entrepreneur, but I was scared! Scared of what? You name it, and I was scared of it. I was scared to Fail, scared to Succeed, scared of people’s perceptions, scared that no one would like, want or buy my products and services… the list could go on. I was so scared of everything that this fear paralyzed me. Some call it self-sabotage, but sometimes I was paralyzed. The real scary thing about it was that I did not know why I was so scared?
I missed so many opportunities by being scared and allowing that fear to keep me from doing what I wanted to do. For example, I knew I needed to do videos to increase my brand exposure. All of my competitors were utilizing video and they were experiencing major success. However, instead of doing what I knew I needed to do to be more successful, I would say, “I hate doing videos,” or “I have nothing to say for a video.” I was just qualifying my fear and justifying why I should not do what I needed to do for my business.
I learned that fear is not a bad thing or a bad word. Fear is a signal that goes off when we venture outside of our comfort zone. And, guess who controls our comfort zone? We do! As we expand our comfort zone, the fear signal goes off less and less.
TIP: Expand your comfort zone by doing what causes you the most fear with your business? [tweet this] If video scares you, do a video and post it on YouTube, or do a Periscope or Facebook Live. After you do it a few times, you will notice that your fear signal will get quieter. The best way to shut Fear up is to expand your Comfort Zone.
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