Do You Have What It Takes?

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

I think that a lot of people think that entrepreneurs are lazy, or that they have it easy.  In my experience, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Sure, there are going to be exceptions to the rule, but I have never worked so hard as I have since starting my journey to freedom.  When I was working a 9-5, when I got home, I was home.  I didn’t have to worry about work, I just got to relax and enjoy my time with my family.  Now, whenever I take a minute to sit down and relax, my mind starts going crazy with all of these thoughts of what I could or should be doing to further my dream.  I’m not saying that I miss my 9-5, I’m just saying that being an entrepreneur is anything but easy.

Can anyone do it?

Can anyone be an entrepreneur?  Sure, I think they can, but I know that the vast majority never will.  Whether you’re a plumber in Pomona, or a surfer in Florida, you take the leap into financial freedom.  It has never been easier to learn than it is today.  Developing a new skillset is now as easy as watching some youtube videos.  You no longer need to spend thousands of dollars and go to a university for four years to be valuable in the marketplace.  Sure, that is still a good option for a lot of careers (I definitely wouldn’t want a surgeon operating on me who learned his craft on youtube!), but it is no longer the only way to success.  With some time and effort, you can learn many different skills that make you valuable in today’s market.  However, one thing you can’t have in this journey is a “lazy bone”.  We all know someone who is just downright lazy!  At work, they do the bare minimum so they don’t get fired.  They don’t have any drive, no ambition.  Those are traits that you just can’t have when becoming an entrepreneur.  You don’t have a boss looking over your shoulder all day making sure you’re getting your work done.  You have to be motivated, and willing to put in the work to achieve your goals, no one is going to do it for you.

Are you ready to be scared?

I was terrified when I started my journey.  Heck, I’m still scared most of the time.  Scared of failure.  Scared that I won’t be able to fulfill my commitment to myself, and to my family.  I am the only one that we are relying on now.  We’re not relying on a big company, or a good economy.  We’re relying on me, and my ability to find ways to provide, in good times and bad.  If and when the economy takes a dump, I still need to be able to provide.  That’s a big part of being an entrepreneur: finding ways to create multiple streams of income.  I can’t stress this enough.  If you only have one stream of income and that stream slows down, or stops, you’re screwed!  If you have 10 streams and one slows down, then you have 9 others still coming it.  If one stream is performing better than the others, then you can focus more of your efforts on growing that one, you can follow the current.  Some people like to play it safe.  They don’t want to leave their comfortable job with great benefits and a retirement plan.  That is completely fine, I understand that, but that is why most people will never achieve financial freedom.  They don’t want to take the leap.  For me, the fear is good.  It’s what motivates me every day to get up and grind.  To keep pushing even when I feel like I have earned a break.  Fear is one of the most powerful driving forces, and instead of running from it, we need to embrace it.

You’ll never know till you try!

How can you know for sure if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?  Dive in!!  You can’t know if you can swim unless you get in the water.  When I took the leap of faith to start this journey, did I know if I had what it was going to take? No.  Sure, I did my research and tried to be as honest as I could with myself when evaluating my character and my determination.  I thought I had what it took, but I didn’t know for sure until I jumped in.  I think most people are the same way.  You can do your research, evaluate your character, evaluate your personality; you can be pretty confident that you will succeed, but at some point, you just have to jump.  Dive in with both feet and see if you can swim.  At least then you will know for sure.  As they say, “fortune favors the bold”.

Thank you for reading.  If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me.