Is Starting a Business the Right Move For You

Starting a BusinessDream Big

Dream big, work hard, and stay humble are the best words of advice anyone can give you, and self-belief goes a long way. It’s okay for young entrepreneurs to have big dreams; don’t underestimate what you are capable of. Steve Jobs was only 21 when he co-founded Apple. Don’t let the opinions of others impact your future. Don’t just think you can do it… KNOW you can do it. Believe in yourself and your dreams. Include others and get help from people you trust, people who have achieved what you want to achieve, to fulfill your dreams.

I’m proud to say that many have helped me along my path, and I’ve helped many. Without the help of people more experienced than myself, my latest achievement wouldn’t have been possible. Many others were a part of my newest project, an e-book about photography, and it’s one of my greatest joys to help other dreamers succeed as well. From the business owners and clients I serve, to the talented team I’ve hired and trained, to other entrepreneurs and friends who are business owners.

Work Hard

Working hard is a relative concept; the hours we work, how hard we work, and the magnitude of what we’re trying to achieve are as different as each of us. But “hard work” has a common denominator no matter which way you slice it: how you handle yourself when things go wrong. Because they will. The next best piece of advice anyone can give you is this: be resilient when things get hard. You’ll get rejected, over and over again, but don’t lose faith in your goals. You may fail in the beginning more than you’ll walk the path of success, but if you dream big, work hard, and fight failure, you’ll change history by making it better.

Stay Humble

Another one of my favorite nuggets of wisdom: don’t be a jerk. This world needs fewer loud mouths. Just stay humble. Most successful people don’t take credit for the work they do. Instead, they build up their team or others around them. Ordinary people do change the world; it doesn’t matter where you come from, what school you went to, or how you grew up. Don’t let anyone ever tell you no as you keep moving your dreams forward, but at the same time, keep a humble attitude on your way to the top and remember that you can always learn, grow, improve, and benefit from the knowledge of others.

Passion

While all of this lofty advice sounds great, your passion for what you love to do is a must. Without it, none of this other stuff matters. Writers, athletes and even scientists, famous or not, love what they do because it’s their passion. You have to find yours. Define what you love to do and why you love to do it. Be specific: what do you love about the field you’re pursuing? Is it helping people? Is it being creative? Is it the feeling you get when someone responds a certain way to your work? Is it being part of something larger than yourself?

Being a business owner is not about calculating figures, networking, balancing your finances and profit margins. Many successful business owners associate their business with passion and love, even when they face challenges, work long hours, and experience financial difficulty. Things can get scary and tough: your passion is the only thing that will carry you through the turbulence. It’s important to not just like what you do; you have to LOVE what you do.

Reevaluate Where You Are

If you are stressed at your job 8 hours a day, you may want to rethink what you are doing professionally. When you are stressed doing what you love, it feels more like 15 minutes of your day versus 8 hours. Being fully invested in something that is your passion and not just filling a role makes time feel different, changes your energy, and makes everything about what you do and how you produce better. Find your niche, whether it’s people, a product, or a field. And once you find it, while you’ll most likely love the majority of what you do, there may be aspects of the business you don’t like.

When we turn a passion into a business, especially when we own that business, we have to wear many hats… some of which are less enjoyable than others. For example, finances and accounting aren’t my forte or my passion, but I make sure the stuff I don’t like takes up only 20% of my time so that the stuff I love takes up 80%. If these figures are ever flipped, you’re doing it wrong.

Ambition or Passion?

Don’t mistake ambition for passion. Wanting to advance and striving to get ahead are ambitious qualities. Taking on projects and filling your plate are ambitious. Stepping into unknown territory and taking risks are ambitious. But if ambition isn’t fueled by passion, it will be easy to burn out. Your motivation has to be right if you plan to stay the course. Many business owners seem overly ambitious, but honestly they just love what they do. That passion will make you believe in yourself even more, helping you to pursue things you might otherwise be afraid of or not care to. Of course, you have to be smart about it (sometimes an excess of passion can make people reckless), but If you love what you do, you tend to do a lot. That’s why you’ll be perceived as ambitious.

Finding the One

Finding your passion is a journey in itself. The discovery process is an amazing, transformative experience that you’ll look back on with awe. You may not know right now what your passion is, but keep pushing forward and you’ll find it. Sometimes passion may find you as well, so let yourself be inspired. Tune in to the things that make you tick, make you think, make you feel.

Most people find their passion by just getting out there and trying different things. Eventually something is going to stick and you’ll come up with an idea that you know will work, and you’ll love turning it into a new reality for yourself. Finding your passion is like finding your true love. You’ll go on many dates and, ten dates later, you’ll find “the one.”

Redefining Your Goals

What is your life goal? If it’s “to get rich,” you have the wrong mindset. What do millionaires and billionaires say? When they started out, they loved doing what they did, and the money just happened. You may have to walk away from a secure job and start anew with a lower-paying position or bringing in very little money when you first strike out on your own. But your passion will translate to the faith that carries you through. As long as you maintain a mindset of an inverse ratio of passion to money, you’ll be in good shape.

Personally, my passion for and love of photography has made my business more successful than I ever dreamed. I started at the bottom just like everyone else, but I was lucky to have had the same mindset as other successful business owners. Passion is what drives me to always work hard, focus on my business, push forward, improve, serve, and persevere, because I love what I do. If you have a full-time job and it wouldn’t be wise to quit and start all over right now, then follow your passion on the side until you can get out. You’ll eventually be able to make the jump, and when you do, you’ll appreciate the experience that much more.

Digital Era Vs Industrial Era

Digital EraThe perfect dream of working in a secure job these days is slowly and increasingly getting popular according to the number of people who are looking for other ways of making an income outside of their jobs. A lot of people have become aware of the ever increasing job demands which are overwhelming when compared to what the pay is and it does seem that it is becoming an exhausting experience from putting more time and effort than ever before and not get any time for family life and just live a moderate lifestyle.

Are you one of those people who end up falling into one of those contemplating moments?

Especially when you are stressed out at work, wishing that you had more time for your family and yourself?

Wish you could just run to the beach and relax under the sun, picturing yourself with your loved one and taking a sip of an exotic drink, enjoying each other’s company with smiles filled with happiness and joy… and with a blink of an eyelid you get back to reality again and stare at your computer screen filled with numbers, spending hours calculating those boring financial statements for some executive in that little cubicle of yours and you got another 5 hours to sit in there and work on more numbers!!!

There are millions of so called ‘office slaves’ who are married to their 9 to 5 jobs wishing they had something better, but don’t think they have any other option than to suck it up and stay in those jobs for the fear of becoming jobless and not having money in the bank and becoming broke and also the thought of going through ALL the education, spending ALL that money and time to finally get that JOB and still not be happy with it.

In a nutshell, no matter what degree you hold or years of experience you have, everybody is in the same cycle of working 9 to 5 or 9 to 7 shifts or even longer for some folks and just have two short days called the WEEKEND which feels like it just passes too quickly. Our minds take one day to recover from the hard working week and then as soon as Sunday hits, the dreaded thought of another exhausting week begins to creep up in your mind which leaves you with an unhappy feeling all over again!!

We all like saying TGIF! with a smiley face at the end you see on social networks and people tweeting it by the end of every week and I’m sure most would agree that Sundays are the worst and it should be called ONIS! (OH NO It’s Sunday!… with a frown face attached to it!) and we continue living in this cycle over and over again but inside of us wanting to be free and just wishing that it would change one day, but don’t get me wrong, the money is good if you are earning a six figure income, but you just can’t enjoy it the way you want to because of the lack of time and that leaves a lot of frustrated folks wanting better in life.

It doesn’t really have to be that way if you know what I mean. The rat race of the Industrial Era is slowly dwindling to a new growing trend which we now call the ‘Digital Era‘ or the Information Age. The internet boom and the online industry has taken a new route in the world of business and has been generating trillions of dollars in revenue over the past 20 years or so. According to eMarketer, a market research firm, projects consumers worldwide will spend $1.672 trillion online this year and the global market is growing in an alarming rate and not to mention, hundreds of thousands of Dot com earners who are reaping the benefits from this new and emerging industry.

So why are we still stuck in the dark ages of working the traditional 9 to 5 jobs when others are earning six figure incomes from home working on the internet and spending nearly half the time working and getting all the time to travel and enjoy family life at the same time?

The concept of using internet marketing strategies to generate profitable income streams is a lucrative business and not everybody understands how it actually works and requires in depth research and knowledge to implement it effectively. The owners of websites like Huffington Post, Techcrunch, Mashable and Life Hacker to name some, generate millions of dollars in revenue. The age of Digital Marketing seems to be the new future for some and it is growing as more people are getting access to the internet through a multitude of devices that are available in the market and more businesses have their products sold online than ever before.

As for those folks who want to take a dive into the world of Internet and Online marketing or Digital marketing, then it is the time to take advantage of this new wave and it is here to stay for the long haul, so why not take a shot at it and end up having the kind of income, family time and vacation that you always dreamed of?… What do you think?… is this worth it?