On a daily basis, I have clients who come in because they are sick and tired of their boss, their coworker, their job. They are the burnt out, the frustrated, the anxious, the angry, the confused. While I believe that people can learn to love their job again, on their own terms, I don’t understand why they, and the thousands of others, continue to stay in an environment that is causing them physical and emotional pain. The main reason I hear, most often, is that they have to stay where they are as ‘there are no jobs out there.’ Let’s thank the media and Debbie Downers for that one!
My reply to them is, and always has been, “Why don’t you take what you know and do best and go be your own boss?” That usually gets a reaction of fear or the deer-in-the-headlights look. The majority of people, I believe, feel that small businesses are not doing well, that it’s too hard, or you can’t make money, and that this way of life is for those who can’t find or keep a ‘real job.’ Well, for those who believe that I say you are crazy!
I just returned from a 4-day event called Be the Change, where I learned from some of the best, along with 1,000 other entrepreneurs, on how to start, build and grow a business (this is just one of many going on around the country). It was so heartening to hear story after story of people who made the decision to go do their best work but on their own terms, and making money doing so. There were a huge group in the $10K club, who are either working toward or earning that much a month. I hear story after story of men and women who had an idea, who had industry experience, or a product/service that they wanted to take out into the world and were doing it with great results. I got to hear the story of the Life is Good company, whose message was not just about how they started their business but more about spreading the message of optimism; or the story of a woman who help business owners to market their business but helps them overcome their fears by using tapping and who is now a millionaire two years in a row.
I met with both men and women who were in various stages of their business, from just beginning to established. We learned ideas and made great friends from all over the world. If you are in a transitional state – you have career uncertainty or have an idea of being a business owner – I would encourage you to run, not walk, to learn more and get the help you need to take that idea to reality. I have a quote that I always keep in mind, as it redirects me back to my reality: “People who don’t have goals work for people who do.”
There are 23 million small business owners in the U.S., who account for 55% of jobs – they can’t be that crazy. Isn’t it time you joined us?
If you would like to get started, I would love to talk to you; you can call for a free Discovery Session to get started!