I got a lot of responses from my last post about my failures over the past few months. I learned a lot during that period, and have had the chance to get everything turned around. July was my best month ever, and I had already met my financial goals for August by the end of the day on August 1!
So, I learned from my mistakes, spent a lot of time praying and going back to the drawing board, even cut out some things that were making me money but were taking too much time, retooled, and now I am doing better than ever!
You have to be able to learn from your mistakes. More importantly, though, you have to have the courage to make those mistakes. That is what entrepreneurship is all about. Are you willing to take the risk that things might not turn out like you expect? It is a scary thing to have your paycheck each month be an unknown.
I know a lot of people who say that they do not try to do the things that I do because they want “stability.” But look around – with about 1 out of every 10 people who should have a job unable to get one (actually much more than that are unemployed, but I won’t go into the statistics for this post), I don’t think that the now-traditional “stable job” idea holds as much value as it used to.
Stability is an illusion. In fact, I think that what I do is actually MORE stable than what most people are doing. I can pick and choose what I work on, and no one tells me what I have to do each day. If you have a regular 9-5, you could lose your job tomorrow. If you see that what you are working on is not working, you may not have any choice but to continue down that wrong path.
I don’t say that to gloat. I say that to those of you on the fence about either continuing in your job or doing your own thing – do not let “security” keep you in your current job. I have at least as much security as you do. If you like your job and want to stay there, great! If you know that you should be doing something else, what are you waiting for? There will never be a “good” time to leave your job and start out on your own, and it might be hard at first, and, you know what, you might even fail. However, for me, as cliche as it might be, trying and failing is better than wishing I had given it a try.
If you are leaning in this direction or even thinking about starting your own business, hit me up! I can’t be there through the whole process for you because I have too much of my own to deal with, but I would be happy to answer questions for you! I will actually be starting a new place for folks like us soon to connect and help one another. More on that soon!