Want Personal Growth – Become An Entrepreneur!

Become An EntrepreneurIt has been 18 months since I left the assumed safety & security of having a full time job and striking out on my own and it has been the most educational, formative, and greatest period of personal growth in my life. If you want personal growth – become an entrepreneur!

Want Personal Growth – Become An Entrepreneur!

If you want to learn patience, then become an entrepreneur because nothing will happen overnight. A part of me hoped that as soon as I went full-time, then the clients that I needed would magically appear. Yeah… it did not work out quite like that. Everyday there is progress but there is always a ways to go.

If you want to master consistency, then become an entrepreneur. Consistency comes in right behind patience in the order of things that you must master. On top of that, everyday you must be consistently patient! Everyday you do a little more to spread your word, to network yourself, to meet new people and just “be out there” and available to those that you might be able to serve. Every Day… But it comes down to consistency… make the phone calls, go to social functions, and for me a huge part of it all is writing everyday and growing my blog and my web presence to drive the machine that is inbound-marketing. Every day I am consistently picking up the ball and trying to drive it forward… some days I might gain and inch… on others yards, and every once in a while… I get a touchdown.

Being an entrepreneur means learning how to let go, let what is be, and accepting reality for exactly what it is and the way that it is. If you want to learn detachment… become an entrepreneur because if you can’t detach yourself when things are not going as you planned or if you allow yourself to fret day and night over what is or isn’t happening you will burn yourself out in no time. You have to relax.

If you are a risk-averse person… become an entrepreneur as you are constantly taking risks and mitigating others. I’ll be honest, my risk is all based in staying financially afloat and in a way it is a race of sorts. I make money and that money in turn buys me time to keep doing what I am doing. Every month I calculate how many months out I have left to keep doing what I am doing and every month I move that deadline out a bit to the right. My biggest risk is failing, having the business collapse, and then having to rejoin the regular workforce. After a year and half of doing this I just focus on moving that moment a bit more to the right each month. So far, so good! (As a side note – after working for myself for this long I admit to having concerns of ever going into an office again and my ability to survive and thrive there after experiencing all of this freedom.)

If you want to feel freer than you ever have in your life… become entrepreneur! Every day is a challenge, and every day has its share of problems but they are my problems and are there for me to deal with. I set my own schedules and have a flexibility that I never would have imagined. Sure, I have to work some off hours and weekends sometimes and there is always the awareness that the business is there 24x7x365 but this freedom that I have experienced I would never trade for anything in the world.

Lastly… if you have ever suffered from having a lack of faith… become an entrepreneur because every day IS an act of faith. Faith in yourself, faith in the future, faith that the universe will deliver anything that you need including clients, and faith that ultimately – no matter how long it takes – you will succeed and win. And ultimately, that is what makes being an entrepreneur so much fun. It’s a constant game of risks until you get things figured out and have a steady flow of income to support yourself. There is the element of risk but it also involves a great deal of faith as well. In a way, being an entrepreneur can be a very spiritual exercise and for me probably the the driver for the greatest positive spiritual growth that I have ever experienced.

It is not an easy route and I never expect it to just be easy but at the same time the rewards are immeasurable. I know that there are no guarantees, but I am very optimistic about the future and look forward with great anticipation to the exciting future ahead. But the greatest gift that I have received form this experience and the past 18 months is that no matter what happens, good or bad, I will never look back on my life and wonder what might have happened if I did not take that leap of faith and go for it. And for me, that is the greatest gift that I could have ever given myself.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten – 12 December 2014

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