So how exactly do you lean into this new world of entrepreneurship?
Like me, many of us have only ever known the routine of the 9-5 job. (more like 8-6 if I was lucky plus commute time)
Let’s face it, getting a wage is a safe life. Working for the safety of the weekly, fortnightly or monthly pay is security and that is not a bad thing. Good jobs and a good income are the expected norms of our society: Grow up, get good grades, go to higher education, get a good job.
Yet why doesn’t our dream job feel fulfilling?
If you’re like me, there’s still a gap. My doctor once said to me, high achievers get to a point of questioning what more, more regularly as they are constantly hitting that glass ceiling of mastering their jobs.
I’d get to the point where I'd given as much as I could and in return, I received great acknowledgment from managers, industry peers and community leaders.
But Life had become a routine and I was looking for more.
How do you lean into this new world of entrepreneurship?
You may not have anyone in your family or friends who you can model so a lot of this will require self-development.
Meaning only, YOU can take the steps.
The thing is, Fear stops us from taking the step into our own business.
Fear of failure. Fear of losing the stability that our steady income brings.
Yet envy hits as you are reading posts on social media from people who have taken the leap and are flying.
Fear is not a bad thing. Back in the caveman ancestor days, fear stopped us from getting chased by a prehistoric monster and either being injured or killed. Our innate fight, flight or freeze response is designed to protect us from threat or danger.
Fear is running tapes in your mind:
- How do you keep paying for your bills today until money comes in from your business?
- How do you find time to create and build your new business?
- What if I don’t even have a product or service to sell?
- How long will it take to be up and running?
These are the same questions I tried to figure out to get the right balance of keeping an ongoing income to pay the bills while building something on the side.
Here are the 5 tips to help you...but before you go through them:
- go out and treat yourself to a brand-new journal.
- make yourself a nice long mug of coffee or tea...
- put on some nice background music and let your thoughts flow…just write.
Don’t think about the logistics of how it's going to work, how you’re going to pay for it, how you’re going to find the time for it…Let the ideas flow through your hand and write…
1. Number down the side 1-50 all the things that you enjoy doing that you find yourself helping others to do
I started by making a list of the "50" ways I could make money. To be honest, I could only get to 39 but the idea is you'll really start to push yourself outside your immediate sphere of thinking as you exhaust the first few that come to mind. You will really become quite creative.
Things on my list I’d considered share trading, Forex trading, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency, cleaning, online surveys, real estate flipping, real estate rent-to-buy. Whilst I haven’t tried them all, I’ve certainly considered many options. My husband and I did run a commercial cleaning franchise for a couple of years to raise income and that gave us the extra money to help build my business.
I’ve completed countless sales webinars and whilst they provided great possibilities, I was able to settle with something that ticked all the boxes for me. More on that later...
2. Hobby or business?
Now decide for certain if it's going to be a hobby that you do for love, or if you are able to monetize your hobby.
There are plenty of success stories of people who have turned their hobbies into a successful business’. Sometimes getting your juices flowing with your hobby may gradually solve problems while doing the thing you love.
Start to list the problems you’ve had and that you’ve found others are having.
Describe how you’ve solved those problems
3. Research programs that are available to help you develop your mindset.
Search on the internet for services that support your interest and begin to research how these services are operating.
This research may open service gaps that you can fill with your new-found knowledge and experience
4. Find a mentor
You are the average of the 5 people around you.
If sitting watching TV is the normal way you fill your days, you’re probably with people who also enjoy watching TV during their downtime.
The mindset you have now is the product of many years of conditioning not just within close family influences but your chosen circle of friends, and your environment.
“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results…” Tony Robbins
My first thought was…If up to now my life reflects that I have surrounded myself with people who are in the 9-5 mentality, where the heck do I find a successful Millionaire who is willing to mentor little old me in the suburbs?
Well, I did. I found 2 amazing Multi-Millionaire Mentors who have developed an academy which ticks all the boxes…but more on that later
Be a student, immerse yourself in the teachings of successful entrepreneurs in the field of your interest.
5. Manage and Grow Your Mindset
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” Tony Robbins
I love this quote from Tony Robbins (I know 2 in the same article, but they are so appropriate).
This quote certainly does remind us the power is right here in our own hands.
We can start by retraining our brains.
You can start this now.
Invest in retraining your brain today for tomorrow.
Make listening to inspirational podcasts, audio-books, reading books, constantly growing and evolving your mind to replace the thought patterns that have you living in the results you have today.
Names like: Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Tony Robbins, Oprah are favorites of mine and many more.
Find a program that allows you to sit in mastermind sessions with successful people in the field that interests you and learn not just what they do, more importantly, "why" they do it.
I found all these in the SFM/DEA Academy (Six Figure Mentors/Digital Experts Academy) - Stuart Ross and Jay Kubassek
After doing these 5 exercises, these are the key things I discovered were important to me in a program:
1. Something that allowed me to spend more time with my husband and family.
I had tried Mortgage Brokering after I left the bank 15 yrs ago but found I had just become a slave to my business. Desperation drove me to work long 10hr days, 7 days a week. No different from when I was working for someone.
2. Provided an environment that could teach me how to run a business that reflected my values and beliefs.
I needed to know that I could truly make a difference in someone’s life…my way
3. Where I could learn a successful, proven business model – and really enjoy applying it to any service or product.
One which retrains my mindset to create the changes I need to become; teach the successful business models that made them successful and created a community of people just like me I get to network and support each other.
4. I needed the income stream to be truly passive.
I am a hard worker by nature. I put in where I need and more, so I needed something I could apply all my energy and passion into at the front end, and enjoy the ongoing passive income generated for years to come.
If these sound like you, if you are looking for something as well, request this free 7-day free video series so you can see if this is a fit for you as well. Just as I had started this June.
In fact in the short time of being a student I have:
- Identified and anchored myself in my BIG WHY which I talked about in a previous blog
- I have built my own new website from scratch...ok it's not perfect but that's ok it is much more than I had ever done before
- This is now my 7th blog post...I was so afraid of blogging I just didn't know where to start
- I have now a funnel working with affiliate links to 3 different services
- I have imported my first product and about to launch it on Amazon...woohoo
Today is day 84 of my journey...if it takes me 5 years, that's ok. I'm just thrilled at the progress already. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
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Find out more about my journey….With Love Taga xxx