Why You Think You Can’t Start Your Own Business 43

why you think you can't start your own business

Notice how in the title I didn’t say that you can’t start your own business. I just said that you think you can’t. Most people think so and that fact itself is what stops them from making a change in their life.

That applies to every other area of your life. You think your goals are impossible, everything you want is hard to get, you’re not good enough, people won’t like you, etc.

The truth is that it’s all up to you.

You have all it takes to be the best candidate for every career you enjoy, to achieve all your dreams and desires, to build the life you want and to be respected by others. But the self-limiting beliefs in your mind will keep stopping you from doing anything about it, until you say no to them and eliminate all negative thinking.

Here’s Why You Probably Won’t Start Your Own Business Any Time Soon:

• you think it’s not a choice;
• you think you need a lot of initial capital;
• you expect permission to do it;
• you feel awkward to think that big;
• you say it’s not the right time;
• you can’t imagine living like those people who do what they love while helping others and making a lot of money;
• you don’t have a degree in Business (and consider that a barrier);
• you have no support from family and friends;
• you’re okay with your current situation;
• you think that entrepreneurs with successful businesses are just lucky or that it happened under particular circumstances (like inheritance, etc.);
• you can’t afford taking risks right now and trying new things or working on personal projects;
• you don’t have enough time;
• you know it may take years to get there and that kills your desire to even give it a try;
• to some extent the idea of becoming self-employed scares you;
• you fear failure;
• you consider yourself too old or too young for that;
• you need to finish some other stuff first;
• you’re afraid to put yourself out there;
• you think too much about how people will react – at the beginning they may discourage you, some may make fun of you, then they’ll get jealous or else;
• you don’t have the right skills;
• you’re new to all this and don’t have a clue where to start;
• your day job is what stops you.

Now that I listed all of these, they seem too much and too negative. But so many people have thoughts like that all the time.

In my opinion, if we could eliminate all of them, 90% of the people in the world would be successful and the generation in general would have made a bigger progress.

The truth is that none of these is an excuse not to give your dream a try, not to say yes to the big ideas in your head and not to dedicate all your time and energy to it.

What You Need to Know Before You Think About Becoming Self-Employed

Almost every successful person you know also felt like he didn’t have a clue where to begin, didn’t have support from those around him, was a bit afraid of failing and of how others may react. He knew it may take a lot of time to see even little progress, and was a bit afraid of taking risks and trying something uncertain.

But he did it.

And that’s why today we can use the light bulb after Thomas Edison’s thousands of attempts that failed, can read Harry Potter in any language and city in the world even though the author was rejected by many publishers and may have given up on her dream. That’s way we enjoy the art of today – the great masterpieces of those who were once brave enough to follow their passion and share it with the world despite their fears and doubts.

We are born to thrive. And your age, degree, origin, skills and lack of support don’t really matter. They are just factors in a much bigger picture. And have nothing to do with starting your own business, doing what you love and making money from it.

You need to realize that you have what it takes, and most importantly – you can learn throughout the process. That’s how we grow.

Your day job is also not a problem. Leo Babauta had a full-time job and a family to support and still made time to write every day. That’s how we can read so many amazing articles on Zen Habits and that’s how he created all his books, became self-employed, changed his life and made such an income.

So there’s always a way.

You don’t find time, you make it.

And as for your other projects and the feeling that it’s not the right time, that’s just procrastination in disguise.

Never forget that a basic idea can turn into a vision, a plan and goals combined with a strong desire and willingness, and after some time can become a reality.
Just start. Everything else will fall into place.

Being your own boss is one of the main aspects of freedom. Working on something you’re passionate about and believe in will make you truly happy and you’ll want to inspire others to do the same.
By finding the courage to start your own business, you’ll simply make the world a better place.

How do you feel about self-employment? Are you working for yourself? If not, are you doing something to get there?

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.


As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.