9 to 5 Isn’t Going To Cut It!

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Never since the industrial revolution have we experienced a paradigm shift like we are experiencing now.

So many people are joining the home-based business revolution.

Small businesses, network marketing, and sole-proprietorships are popping up everywhere.

With the current economical state, and strife within the government, we are all looking for alternatives to supplement our incomes. Our motivations are all different: some need to provide for their family, some need to generate additional income, some have come to learn that their retirement plan simply isn’t going to pay out they way they had expected all along.

Regardless of the reasons, we are all beginning to realize that the traditional 9 to 5 isn’t going to cut it any more.

Although we can all benefit from this shift, but in order to thrive, we have to fundamentally change our way of thinking.

If you were like me, when you were raised you were told to go to school, get a good job, and when you became a good employee, the rest would take care of itself. Well, we’ve all had a rude awakening, haven’t we?

There is no such thing as a secure job. Nobody these days gets hired to a job, and has the security our parents felt when they joined the workforce. For our generation, an education is no longer the ticket to financial security it once was. Often times, an education turns into nothing more than another debt we have to pay back, and we have nothing to show for it.

It’s less expensive these days for big corporations to outsource, or to hire unskilled (or novice) employees, and terminate them when their skills reach a level where they would have to compensate them more. We’ve created a culture where everyone is disposable, and nobody feels secure.

This has turned our workforce into a group of self-serving individuals, who feel no commitment to their employer, because they know that in the end they will have to fend for themselves.

Floundering in the workforce has left us with one option: TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN FUTURE!

It’s not surprising then, that the home-based business has experienced such a surge in recent years. We are all afraid, and the traditional system is letting us down.

The question is: How do you find the thing that you can do on your own, and become successful enough to support yourself (or simply pay your bills)?

HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR PASSION, AND HOW DO YOU TURN THAT INTO A PAYCHECK?

Do You Have A Story?

I was asked today if I have a story.

Do I have a story? Of course I have a story! Who doesn’t have a story?

It was not a random question, I was invited to a networking event for Speakers which happens to feature an open mic. It’s a venue for Speakers, and Would-Be-Speakers, to refine their skills while rubbing elbows with like-minded people. In this context I’ve discovered I really don’t have a story.

Does one really have a story if one has not bothered to define what that story is?

We all have experiences, and we all have things to share with the world, but if you were asked to get up on stage in front of an audience, would you be able to explain your story in an effective and engaging manner?

I know at this point I simply could not! Never mind the stage, I don’t even have an elevator pitch!

At this point I am beginning to defining myself as an entrepreneur. I have a vast history working within the corporate world, but no real experience yet as a bonafide expert at anything in the self-employment realm.

What on earth do I talk about, and how on earth do I get started?

At this point I am a firecracker with a fuse that hasn’t yet been lit! I am about to explode into greatness (of this I am confident), but for now I am a volatile mixture of wonderful ideas without enough hours in the day, or clear vision of where I’m going.

I’d like to use my experiences for good, and help people as much as I can (I have a passion for small business and network marketing). I’d like to monetize my soft skills into something that will assist the same small business owners and network marketers I mentioned. I’d like to create a membership based website. I’d like to do some consulting. I’d like to host free webinars. I’d like to write a book.

All together these ambitions seem so overwhelming (especially for someone like me who simply never stops thinking, and is always hatching a plan). I know that I need to break down all these idea into smaller more manageable tasks, and I know I need to simply start – somewhere.

That’s what I did with this blog. I decided I wanted to write, and had absolutely no idea where to start, so I signed up for an account, and started writing. Now, whenever an idea crosses my mind I sit down at the computer and start to type. I don’t know if I’m blogging effectively. I don’t know if I’m using the right key words, and I CERTAINLY don’t know how to monetize the darn thing, but you know what? I started! I figure at this point, as long as a few people are enjoying what I do, then I’m happy. The lessons will come.

We’ve all been new at something at some point in our life. We’ve all been beginners, and have had to learn by going through it. My journey into the world of entrepreneurship is new, and I’m enjoying every moment of it.

Do I have a story? Yes and No.

I have a story in my mind. I have plenty to share.
Have I committed it to paper? Not yet.
Will I? Absolutely!

Do you have a story?

Giving 100% of Yourself is Exhausting

Are you the type of person who has always prided yourself on your work?
Will you accept nothing less than perfection in all that you do?
Do you overextend yourself with such frequency that it effects your life?

I’ve always been that way. I have always set exceptionally high standards for myself.

I remember being told as a child that if you’re going to do something then you had to do it to 100% of your ability, and to me that meant perfection. It’s a lesson I’ve carried with me, and it’s something I’m actively trying to change.

Throughout the years I learned that I was very capable of doing things. My work was always rewarded, and people regularly sought out my help because of the high quality results I achieved. This was fantastic because I’m the type of person who thrives on the recognition I receive from others, but it’s also exhausting!

It’s tiring to give 100% of yourself all the time, and even more tiresome when other people are asking for it too.

I’m trying to change this in my life by saying “No” more often. I figure that by doing this I will be giving myself permission to say “Yes” to more of the things I enjoy, or simply allowing myself the opportunity to relax every once in awhile.

There’s a certain level of stress that surrounds someone who gives too much, and this manifests itself in anxiety, restlessness, illness, and burn-out. I know personally I feel an almost constant sense of tension in my mind and body; it shows up in the form of headaches, and butterflies in my stomach. I always feel like I’m on-call, and never have the opportunity to switch off. I never feel truly rested.

Even when I’m not doing anything, my mind is still racing, because I’m busy thinking about all of the things I need to accomplish for myself, or for others. Outwardly, you would never know the struggle I face internally. I would never let you know that I have too much on my plate, or that I simply cannot take on one more thing. Instead, I will smile, and only show you composure.

I am a multi-tasker. I am a giver. I am a perfectionist. I am an over-achiever.

I am learning how to say “No!” 

Do you ever feel overwhelmed?
How do you manage yourself when you feel like you’re giving too much?

Entrepreneurs Mind Goes A Mile A Minute

Sometimes the issue isn’t having too few ideas, sometimes it’s having too many!

If you’re like me, you’re never at a loss for ideas! Your mind probably races with all the possibilities that business (and life) have to offer.

I’ve never had a lack of ideas. If brainstorming were an Olympic sport, I’d bring home the Gold every time!

To be perfectly honest, this can be hard to manage. It’s difficult to put priority on ideas when they are constantly there. In quiet times I find myself plotting and scheming in the back of my mind. During busy moments there are even more opportunities that present themselves. Every circumstance in my life breeds new ideas. What to do about them?

I was once given the advice to write down my ideas when I think about them. I was told that it would help me to clear my mind. This is fine, and worthy advice, but what do I do with them then?

You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you? You’re just like me, and end up with stacks of papers, booklets full of lists, and sticky notes everywhere. Feels counter-productive.

There must be a solution for those of us who have brains that won’t shut off.

How do we prioritize, and take action on some of these ideas, while letting go of others?

Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Starting

One of the greatest barriers on the journey towards becoming an entrepreneur is fear.

Fear manifests itself as self doubt. The feeling that you’re not good enough, or you don’t know where to start, or that the task is simply too monumental to accomplish.

Don’t let these fears talk you out of what you know you’re destined to do.

Becoming an entrepreneur is a journey for the strong willed. We all know that there will be bumps along the road, but don’t become one of your own bumps. Let life knock you around, and learn lessons from it, but don’t contribute to it by doubting your own abilities.

You know you were made for this. You know that you are good enough, and smart enough. It’s time to start taking control of your thoughts, and allowing the positive ones to drive you.

Doubt is paralyzing. It will stop you. It will prevent you from doing anything.

Push doubt aside, and just get moving. Motion leads to momentum.

Once you start moving you won’t be able to stop yourself. Things will start to fall into place. Ideas will start to flow.

What do you do to put fear in it’s place? How do you get started when you feel fear?