I still remember the first time I heard the word “entrepreneur”. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but it wasn’t until I was in high school, and it was while I was competing in the city pageant. When asked what we wanted to do with our future, one of the contestants responses was “be an entrepreneur.”
I wondered what that was and also remember thinking it sounded “fancy”-LOL! I later found out what it meant and never gave it a second thought.
I honestly never considered being an entrepreneur. It wasn’t until later in life when I had my first vision for a business that I was fully introduced to it. And when I was, I found myself immersed in i!
When I discovered the freedom, potential and purpose of entrepreneurship, I couldn’t look back.
The reality was that I had started working really young (out of choice) and at 21 years old found myself working my way up the corporate ladder. I had accomplished what not many 21 year olds had accomplished, found myself in positions even those with degrees couldn’t acquire, and still I was unsatisfied. The skyscraper buildings, fancy purse I could afford and benefits just weren’t cutting it for me.
Why? Because I had no control over my own life. Let me explain by reiterating my first three points:
I had a problem. I had a problem with someone telling me how what my day to day would look like, how many vacations I was allowed to take, how often I was allowed to be sick, and what my priorities should be. I didn’t like it. I wanted to decided how often I could travel, what my day would look like, and how I wanted to prioritize my life. I wanted to be able to be in ownership of my life and time. When I became a full-time entrepreneur, I was able to do just that. I booked 3 trips this fall and didn’t have to ask for permission, I decide what my days look like, and I can decide to make my marriage a priority over my job.
Entrepreneurship let’s you run your life.
Here’s the other part of the problem. I was working hard. But if I wanted to advance and grow and increase my income I was going to have to work harder—and truth be told, I wanted to work less. But I also didn’t want my income to suffer for it. I’m an extremely productive person and I find I can get the same amount of work done in half the time others do. So why should I take a hit for it? By working hard I’m talking working 50+ hours per week in my job and then I was running a business on top of that on evenings and weekends. If I wanted to grow in my corporate job and increase my position and income I was going to have to sacrifice more of my time and get on the level of the VP’s who were giving up evenings and weekends too while filing for divorce. When I looked at them I knew it wasn’t where I wanted to go. But I also knew that I wanted to continue to grow. I wanted to be able to discover my full potential, without any limitations and on my own terms.
Entrepreneurship has allowed me to accomplish things I never knew I could accomplish.
Lastly, as much as I love marketing, I felt that what I was doing it for had no purpose. I knew I wasn’t fully living out my purpose. And I am just not the kind of person to waste time or to sit still and let my life pass me by. I wanted to be fulfilled and to live the life I was called to live.
Entrepreneurship let’s you walk in your purpose daily.
Yes, entrepreneurship is hard work and it takes a lot of patience and determination. But to me, it’s still a no-brainer when it comes to how I want to live my life. Are you tired of sitting on the sidelines and are ready to take action on starting a successful business? I want to invite you to join my FREE training happening in October called “From Dreamer to Doer: 3 Secrets for Starting a Successful Business”. Get on the waitlist here for more information.