Then and now, I believe that it takes a certain amount of courage to be an entrepreneur. Only the gutsiest ones make the difficult but very fulfilling decision of becoming their own bosses. I would know – it took me 11 years in corporate to actually make that decision and lead a freelance lifestyle, choosing my clients, and building my business. It’s been a major rollercoaster so far, and there are ups and downs every single day. Nothing is ever certain – at any given day, you’re not sure if you are on the peaks or the valleys. What you can do is be intentional with your time.
Here’s how you can play the entrepreneurial game to your advantage:
When you are an entrepreneur, expect to be served obstacles on a daily basis. You will encounter numerous challenges, especially when you are just starting out. But you know when you chose this life that things are not going to be easy, right? The road to greatness was never an easy one. You had a dream, you had specific goals – keep those in mind, and do not back down. Quitting is never an option. You don’t curl up and call it a day when the going gets tough. You square your shoulders and dust yourself up, and sort through your problems one by one. You weigh your options carefully and come up with solutions. You need to really believe that things will get better. Your business depends on it.
There are many reasons why people decide to be entrepreneurs. For some, it’s to be more in control of their time and what they want to ultimately do with their lives. Some people just want to be their own boss. Some people have ideas that they strongly believe will change the world, or at least make a huge difference. Some people want to make more time for their families, or ultimately make life better for their loved ones. Either way, something motivated you to make the big change. When things get difficult or when it looks like there is other option but to quit, think of why you chose to become an entrepreneur in the first place. Keep your eye on the prize, and never lose sight of your goals.
In my experience, it also helps to surround yourself with like-minded individuals – people with the same goals, going through the same experiences, to help you stay on track. Think of it as an instant, built-in support system to help you stay on track with what you ultimately want to achieve.
Like I mentioned in the first post in this series, one of the major pitfalls of entrepreneurship is that it gives you a lot – too much – control of your time. Sometimes, even too much freedom can be a bad thing, especially if you are prone to distractions. One of the keys of being a successful entrepreneur is good time management. Make sure that you have the discipline to actually work on the things you need to accomplish before you spend time on less important things. This also assures that you won’t feel guilty or preoccupied when you are spending time doing what you love, like being with family, taking vacations, or other creative pursuits. It helps to have a physical to-do list that serves as your guide in going through your tasks.
I cannot put enough emphasis on staying on top of your game. We all go through challenges in our individual entrepreneurial journeys. The differentiator is that sometimes you can be a dabbler, you can just dabble on it as a hobby, but once you break though that plateau, you will eventually reach a point when you become a stressor. You reach that point, you look at it, and you freak out. You get all stressed out, but once you break through that plateau as a stressor, then you transform into a master.
Mastery is understanding that before you, there have been other people who have been through this exact same process before – all you have to do is take a cue from these successful people and realize that you are not alone in your journey as an entrepreneur. Mastery is understanding that eventually, you will overcome the challenges that hound your personal and professional life – and once you do, there’s no stopping you, really.
New book out now
While we’re on the subject of mastery, allow me to share with you my latest masterpiece that I am really excited about. It’s a book called “Small Business, Big Money Online: A Proven System to Optimize eCommerce Websites and Increase Internet Profits.” I encourage you to go ahead and check that out at alexdesigns.com/book, and I really appreciate you taking the time to reading this, along with all the other posts in this mini-series of blog posts. Please go ahead and leave a comment, let me know any feedback that you have.
How are you doing in your entrepreneurial journey? What are you doing to break through those plateaus? Do you have a routine that you go through in order to get the most out of your day before noon? That’s what I do. I’d love to speak with you and talk with other like-minded entrepreneurs. Have a great day.
Your good friend,