Starting a business and evolving as an entrepreneur is a great path to become stronger, smarter, happier and possibly the greatest version of yourself. Being an entrepreneur is definitively more bad-ass than any kind of job you will ever do. Even if your start part-time only, I still strongly recommend it.
However, entrepreneurship is not for the sluggish; you need some energy, creativity, discipline and a great amount of perseverance. You will be challenged; you will fail and learn but only if you persevere will you ever prevail.
Your journey as an entrepreneur will be unique and this is probably why it is so difficult to teach entrepreneurship or how to be successful in business in general. There is so much different business models and niches. But I found in my diverse experiences and by chatting with fellow entrepreneurs that there are some commonalities that most successful entrepreneurs possess.
The core component that will make everything else work
Obsession is what lazy people call dedication. You might have read this quote before. Well, personally, I think that dedication is a politically correct word to discuss obsession. To succeed, you must first be dedicated to or obsessed with your business. You must love it, dream about it at night, because when Monday comes, you can’t just wait to make your business move forward on its own! You got so much new and bright ideas about it last weekend while you were supposed to relax … well don’t tell anyone, because they might think you are insane; you were not really relaxing, but instead, you were thinking about your business. Yeah, don’t tell them because what they will tell you is that you need to take a break.
You feel this strong and barely controllable emotion about what you’re doing. You need to do it. You’re an addict!
Society, and those called “experts” by the mass media, will tell you: Moderation in everything is the key to success!
Again … Bullshit! Moderation is the best way to get mediocrity. Mediocrity never leads to greatness or to success.
Keep moving forward and don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do!
Yes, overdoing something can turn bad and become destructive. But hey! No pain, no gain, man! You have to take some risks! Anyway, do you think there are no risks being a mediocre employee working in a cubicle waiting for retirement to come? What about the risk of wasting your only life being nobody!
What do you think you will regret the most? The fact that you have given everything you got for an endeavor that ultimately failed or to have never given your 100% for something that you believed in?
You are the one who drives your business, but also your business must drive you!
That’s why I disagree with the common belief that entrepreneurship is difficult and that you have to sacrifice your life and work constantly in pain. This is what a person with an employee perspective thinks. What they fail to see is that the entrepreneur is a person trying to live his/her life to the fullest.
He is not working; he is just busy doing what he wants to do.
When something that you like becomes an obsession, then hours become minutes and you just wish that the day would have been longer because you had so much more to accomplish! It’s almost like when you were a kid, playing outside with your friends on a beautiful summer day, and wishing that the day would never end.
This is not pain, this is bliss!
Only in such condition can you really exploit 100% of your potential, and that’s what you need to succeed.
You need 100% of your potential, nothing less.
In fact, 100% is not enough; you need to become better, smarter, stronger, faster and more powerful!
You have no choice to learn, to evolve! This is why entrepreneurship is so great! There is no better way to kick your own ass!
Look, you are born weak and you’ll die weak, Becoming stronger between those two points is in itself a big part of what life is about?
That’s why, when you start a business, be sure to dedicate yourself to it. Choose a niche and a business model that fuel your obsession.
What is your passion anyway? What subject are you always talking about or reading about? What are your hobbies? What did you love to do before school or work killed that fire inside you?
Your answer is _________________________. That’s where it starts!
Once you know what obsession you wish to dedicate your life to or a part of it, then look for a business model and make a plan to turn it into cash.
That’s the difference between a successful entrepreneur and the average self-employed; sorry, I mean self-enslaved home worker. The mistake a lot of guys do is that they start their own business with the same mindset they had as an employee. They are self-employed. They self-impose the pain of working a job 8 to 5 on themselves.
Of course, this is far from being the only important component you need to be a successful entrepreneur, but in order to be successful, you must put every moving pieces in place to make your business work; and for that you need this critical one, because this is the engine that powers the machine!
If you want a bad-ass fire storm that burns and destroys everything on its path, you need to put some fuel on that fire, and I mean a lot of fuel! Something thick like oil or a mix of Vaseline and Gasoline together… that could work.
Be unique, be yourself, follow your instincts! We have only one life. If we don’t live for something, we’ll die for nothing!
If you’re interested to start a side business from your hobbies and passions, but need more ideas and practical advice how to actually do it. Then, I strongly recommend you to take a little of your time to read this great “How-to” book, Turn Your Passion Into Profit by Walt Goodridge. This book is basically a step-by-step guide for creating a passion-centered home based business and is packed full of very useful information.
Until next post,