For anyone thinking of starting a business, let me encourage you to Go For It! Some of you may be hesitant due to a lack of resources, the state of the economy, or you may simply be afraid to launch out on your own and leave the "security" of your job. What ever your reasons are for not chasing your dreams, in my opinion, no reason is good enough if it's based in fear. You may not recognize it as fear, but if the thoughts that you have about pursuing your passion are holding you back in any way, that's fear. If you find yourself planning, and planning, and planning, with no action taken, that's fear. If you go through cycles of mulling it over and over in your head and never really moving forward, that's also fear. Over analysis, on any level, is fear.
Isn't it time to work your passion?
Don't you think it's time to overcome the obstacle of the self-limiting beliefs that hold you hostage, and begin to work your passion? The best way to overcome fear is to do the very thing that you are afraid to do. The easiest way to start your business is to begin right where you are, with the resources you already have in your arsenal. It's funny but as you begin to move forward in the direction of your purpose, the universe responds. You begin to see opportunities in areas that you never did before. It's almost as if the blinders have been removed and you gain more clarity as you move forward. People and resources begin to flow in your direction. Sure it may be a slow flow at first, but at least there is movement. Contrary to what you might think, all you really need to get started is a willingness to do so. That's it.
Why Starting Your Own Business IS Good Business
For years, the richest people in the world have known this little secret. You don't become wealthy working for someone else. Sure you may increase your 401k, you may get to enjoy all of the perks including a great insurance benefit package, maybe a company car, and you might even get a crystal desk clock after 5 years of service. But as you make more and more money for the company, does your pay increase by the same proportion as your company's growth? I didn't think so. You may get a raise, but guess how much the owner of the company gets, a whole lot more than you do. The point I'm making here is this, rich people own their own businesses. If you look at the richest people in the world, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Warren Buffet (Investor), Christy Walton (co-founder of Walmart), Liliane Bettencourt (L'Oreal Cosmetics), they all own their businesses, a business that they either thought of, or inherited through their family. The important thing to remember here is that they started small, they started with what they had, and they didn't make "making a whole lot of money" the main objective. These people saw a need in the marketplace, and they filled the need. As a result, they blew up, and the rest as they say, is history that we get to read, talk, and write about for years to come.
Don't Chase Money, Chase Your Dream
Starting your business should be all about pursuing your purpose, and working your passion. When you make it just about the money, then you lose the most valuable asset of your business, and that's your heart. When your true desire is to make other people's lives better, with the product or the service that you provide, then the money will come to you. That's why thinking big is so important. The more people you seek to serve, the greater exposure you get, and the more you open yourself up to the abundance of the world. That's how it's supposed to work.
In conclusion, it's not lost on me that everybody is not passionate about owning their own business. I know this from the people I coach in the area of career development. As an entrepreneur myself, naturally I tend to gravitate towards this topic when it comes to the career coaching that I do, but I only mention it as an option because I'm often able to see business opportunities inside of others. I do realize however that some people are content working on a job, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Everyone has the right to be happy in what ever chosen course they've decided on for themselves. Just remember that even though you may have a great job that you love, don't ever limit yourself. Don't ever lose yourself while you are building someone else's empire, because there just may be an empire of your own to build, when you really stop to think about it.