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?
Full-time freelance writer. Lifestyle designer.
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