Is entrepreneurship for you? Last week we spoke about the 3 ways your mind is harming your career and the steps you need to take to reach #Studygreatness & #Careergreatness
|Most people have their own dreams and vision of what they want their futures to look like. For some it’s becoming the boss, reaching the top position in the industry that they work in and for others it means taking the right fork in the road and becoming entrepreneurs.|
This week I’m going to help those of you who are thinking about going down the entrepreneurs route and before you start on this journey here is a 3 step checklist to use to help you establish if being an entrepreneur is the best choice for you
|Step 1 – you are never to young or old to start a business |
Many are of the opinion that entrepreneurs need to be a certain age and I am here to tell you that it’s not true. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs started young such as Yang Huiyan – youngest female billionaire and others like Colonel Sauders of KFC – who started his journey only in his 60’s.
|You are never too young or too old to realize a dream|
|Step 2 – talk and connect with other entrepreneurs |
Like with so many things in life, there is no instant answer to this question. Being an entrepreneur includes so many things, the best way to find out is to do your research and then decide. You definitely need to demonstrate having certain characteristics and strengths that will assist you in your journey and these can be revealed in various test that you can take part in, but they are no guarantee that you will succeed.Talk to other entrepreneurs and find out how they achieved success, read books about successful entrepreneurs and see if you can pick up the key traits you need to follow this journey. Here are some traits that have been identified, but they are by no means the only ones:PassionDon’t take no for an answerA competitive natureA self starterThinks outside the boxStrong communication skillsPersistent
|Step 3 Are you ready to take risk ? |
The difference between having a job and running a business:
You hear almost every day somebody saying that they would like to be their own boss and work in their own business. Is it everything that you dream it can be ? What’s the difference between having a job and running a business? Here are some of the things to consider.
|There are many more but the big question is – are you prepared to do whatever comes with having a business, the risks, the sacrifices and the responsibility that comes with it?|
|The realities of being an entrepreneur|
Looking back at the previous paragraph I am sure that you picked up that being an entrepreneur is not always as glamorous as it looks. Sure, it provides freedom and the ability to create and be your own person but with that comes, stress, long hours and huge risks. You need to ultimately make that choice and then live with what comes with it. Yes, it can be the most liberating choice you can ever make in your life, but also be aware of the dangers that come with it. Think about your personal responsibilities and who may need to live this choice with you, especially if you have a family and children. It’s about weighing up the good against the bad and deciding if you are prepared to take the risk and make it happen. To me, it really is the ultimate yin and yang, black and white but at its core – it remains a choice.
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