You’ve heard it all. Drop out of school, start your own thing, live on an island. That’s a three-step process right there, and the “gurus” who sell these “hacks” claim that any idiot can do it. Sure, don’t stop dreaming big. But, what kind of an idiot are you?
Why You’re Getting It All Wrong
Forget the different ladders to success. Forget the 3-step approach to being among the fortune 500. Just forget it all! There are truths no one’s been telling you. It’s shocking these things are so hidden. Well, that’s why I’m here. No fluff, here are these truths:
1. You’ll Be Left Alone
So you dread the isolation that comes with being an entrepreneur? Look, not everyone can walk this road. Most people are okay with health insurance, retirement benefits and “no freedom”, and they aren’t giving that away anytime soon. You need your freedom so get ready for this.
What To Do When You’re Left Alone
Set Your Goals
Most entrepreneurs don’t set goals for their business. They complicate things, refusing to take those baby steps. When they’re asked why, they exclaim, “I’m busy”. Since you’re alone, start jotting down what you’ll need done by the weekend. Baby steps, remember?
Get Support From Other Entrepreneurs
It’s pretty boring to be swimming in the sea of loneliness. Getting support from others will help in boosting those endurance packs.
2. It Takes Time
I’m sure you’ve seen all those get it done in two minutes, two hours hacks? I’m not going to tell you it doesn’t work, but sometimes it may take two decades. You’ll need to be making efficient use of your time to get the best results.
Time Management Tips For Small Businesses
There is no need doing this. When you’re just stepping into this field, it’s best to gain control of a micro-niche then expand as you grow.
Focus on your strengths in an industry then give room for expansion. This means you stay on top of the game and every second is wisely spent.
Put Your Plan In Writing
You need to meet those goals. You need to maximize productivity. You’re never going to if you don’t put your plan in writing. If you don’t want to go the traditional pen and paper way, you can always leverage free or paid tech tools around. You should check the tasks you completed daily to keep you going.
3. You Will Harbor Self Doubt
You’ll face it. Those times you feel like it’s finished. Those times when “five tips to overcome a major setback doesn’t help.” You’re not making any sales. You look out the window, and your competitor is shipping. Don’t give up, these things happen!
What To Do When You’ve Lost Your Confidence
Go For Small Wins
Your confidence levels are down. If you want to get them up in good time, you should aim for those small victories. You can get them by pursuing projects in your strongholds. Once you are successful, you’ll start believing you can go all out.
Count Your Blessings
It’s easy to think you’re worth nothing when none of your ideas are fruitful. To fight this, step back and list all those successes that were products of your thinking. You’ll see there’s nothing wrong with “you,” you just need to tweak your strategies a little.
Stay In A Positive Environment
No. don’t google “people who’ve lost confidence in ……. forum”. All you’ll get from that will be people who’ll make you feel comfortable where you are. Instead, you can have a talk with someone who’s left the hole you’re currently in, do something you love or just SMILE (trust me, it works).
4. You’ll Have Reasons You Should Have Stayed In Your Job
Yes. When you’re down on confidence, the “was this worth it at all” question comes up. Maybe your former colleagues will call in from the beaches in Thailand because their boss just gave them paid vacation. Don’t let that weigh you down. And here’s why being an entrepreneur keeps you on top of your game.
Why You Should Be Happy Being An Entrepreneur
1. Your Mind Keeps Shelling Out Value
You’re changing the world with your ideas, so your mind stays active all year round.
2. Bragging Rights
It feels good, right? When others are bitching about how their boss wants stuff done and how their new coworker is such an idiot, you have no problems on your end because you run things.
3. You Contribute To Society
The government can’t stand your business sinking because that will mean job losses, poorer living conditions and bad outings for politicians at the polls.
4. You Earn A Living
It’s actually different from what you had at your job because you have the power to earn more without asking for raises.
5. You Report To No One
Well, that’s what this is about. That freedom you’ll get knowing there’s no one waiting for a report from you on his desk by noon.
So that’s it. You would never be lied to again, so go conquer your world.
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