“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” —Author Unknown
You find yourself taking your lunch break at the same time every day, breaking up the hours in sections. Almost like incentives for getting through the day. Wishing every minute of your work life away.
There are three kinds of people in this world. Those that live in fear, those that are lazy, and some who go out and claim their slice of the pie that is life, no matter the circumstances. This is not to say that these so-called go-getters weren’t once fearful or lazy, no. The point is that they are doing something about it regardless. Sometimes it can feel like you’re the only one in the office unsatisfied and destined to live out your days answering to someone else for a meagre salary.
You need to decide whether the position you’re currently in is a stepping stone to what you really want to do, or if it’s a job you’re willing to settle in, with the hope that an opportunity may arise, someday, somewhere, out of thin air. Unfortunately, the chances of that are minimal and so, if it’s motivation you’re lacking, we’ve put together a few reasons why you should escape working for someone and start your own business.
Gain financial independence:
For those of you that choose to go out on your own, financial independence will immediately be yours, from the moment you walk out that door. Yes, this comes with risks, but those risks will be entirely your own. You’re the one that gets to call the shots. You decide on investments, expenditure and the overall direction of your business. You have free reign to build your own team.
Develop your intuition:
Thinking on your feet and making decisions on the fly is what running your own business is all about. You’ll need to make important decisions independently. It may prove nerve-racking at first, but as time passes, you’ll learn to be more decisive based on your experience and the fact that you know your business better than anyone else. Through these challenges, you’ll develop your intuition and learn to trust your instinct. Again, don’t forget that however freeing it might make you feel to be the sole decision maker, all the responsibility falls on you.
Live your passion:
Either you have a business idea that aligns with your passions in life, or you believe this business idea and its success will give you the financial freedom to live out your passion. Whichever it is, that which keeps you happy and motivated should be at the forefront of the path you choose. When you merge passion and hard work, incredible feats can be achieved. More often than not, the pairing of burning passion and an equal amount of effort is what creates long-lasting, profitable ventures.
Generate capital through passive income:
In the beginning, the biggest challenge you’ll most likely face is cash flow. Unless you have an investor, you’ll have to find the money. You can do this by taking out a loan, or you can set up a way to earn passive income. With the incredible technological developments over the last few years coupled with the abundance of information available to you, earning passive income couldn’t come easier. From creating an online course to investing money in companies like the ‘Lending club (peer to peer lending)’, or rent out your parking space, there are many options available to you. For other ideas, read this.
Wake up driven, every single day:
When working for a salary, waking up to face the same tedious tasks as the day before can cripple you – to the point where you lose all ambition and drive. The mundane can have a serious effect on one’s sense of self-worth and purpose. When you start your own business, you will wake up every day feeling driven. There will be so much to do with so little time. Days will fly by. There will most certainly be times where you’re so stressed you can’t sleep, but then there will be times when the reward is so sweet you’ll want to run down the street singing at top of your lungs.
To conclude, think of your life as a hand-full of pebbles, eight to be exact. Let each pebble symbolize 10 years, 80 years being the average life expectancy in the UK. Depending on your age, take away the pebbles that signify the number of years you’ve already lived.
Ask yourself, how many pebbles do you have left, and what are you going to do with them?