Once you realize that you’re meant to do something more significant with your life an inner struggle presents itself. You begin to wrestle with the question: “Should I stay (in my career) or should I go (be an entrepreneur)?”
Signs of this inner struggle usually begin to manifest the day that:
You dread waking up in the morning for your 9 to 5
ou start searching for a deeper meaning and purpose behind what you’re doing instead of being 100% focused at work
Your mind wanders and you visualize better ways you could be spending one-third of your day, every day
You realize you could be utilizing your knowledge and skills without being held back by someone else’s idea on what you should and shouldn’t be allowed to do
It’s like being in a toxic relationship – you’ve fallen out of love with your job, you’ve lost yourself along the way, you’re no longer happy – but you stay because you’re not sure if you’re ready to give up the familiarity and safety this routine brings into your life.
When you’re considering starting your own business, you also ask yourself, “Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?” It’s not as simple of a question as it sounds. In fact, it’s one of those questions that lead to even more questions.
Am I meant to be an entrepreneur?
You see, if you haven’t ventured into the world of business ownership before, obviously there will be things about yourself that will be revealed only after you’ve taken the plunge – strengths you never knew you had, ideas you never thought you could produce, or problems you never imagined you’d have the ability to solve.
However, I believe that if you’re destined for something bigger, a colossal pull (deep within your soul) will shift you in the right direction until you accomplish your calling.
Once you come to this fork in the road, it’s time to ask yourself five important questions to ascertain if you’re meant for entrepreneurship:
1. Am I okay with the idea of taking risks?
Let’s get real here. Every single business endeavor involve risks. However, what differentiates entrepreneurs from the working class is that entrepreneurs are not faint-hearted.
They examine, study and analyze all of the potential risks involved, move forward ad don’t cower at potential (and often necessary) failures. Entrepreneurs acknowledge that there are legitimate business concerns that musts be faced when fear is knocking loudly on the door of their minds. Yet, they move forward nonetheless.
2. Am I driven to serve and lead?
True entrepreneurs don’t operate under a flawed understanding of freedom. To a certain extent, yes, entrepreneurs get to call the shots, especially when it comes to deciding for themselves who their ideal client is going to be, and how many hours per week they will devote to growing their businesses, etc.
However, the kind of freedom entrepreneurs get to enjoy doesn’t solely come from their ability to call the shots. Truth be told, once you’re in the business of serving people, your clients have a say on how you can effectively and successfully cater to their needs, just as much as you do.
Entrepreneurs fully grasp the call to leadership and service, and the two notions are one in the same.
3. Do I have a skill set and talent people would pay for?
The true entrepreneur has an extraordinarily strong penchant for identifying a need and devising ways to meet that need. That answer to a need might come in the form of a product or service. So, start asking yourself if you have a talent, skill set, or expertise about something that can be monetized.
Of course, you can delegate and outsource, but it all starts with you and your ability to cohesively pull together all of the needed resources to bring your idea to life. You can’t rely on others to do this for you — and you shouldn’t.
4. Does the idea of transforming people’s lives excite me?
At the heart of entrepreneurship is the desire to make lives better — yours and your clients’. For example, you may ask, “How can my hand-crocheted handbags possibly transform lives?”
What you need to realize is that a customer who buys your handbag will do so because it fulfills a particular need. It may be a need: to stand out, offer a functional place to store her belongings, to add the perfect accessory she’s been looking for, etc.
Whatever need your product or service fills — be it significant or purely superficial — realize that to a certain degree, you are delivering transformation.
5. Am I a divergent thinker?
True entrepreneurs are constantly seeking to learn, grow and adapt to the changing world. They’re always curious and innovating. The incessant desire to implement better systems or to introduce groundbreaking products that will result in an improved quality of life is a distinguishing mark of an entrepreneur.
If you answered “yes” to all of the questions above then congratulations! You are, without a doubt, an entrepreneur. Now, you’re ready to follow these essential steps toward starting a business and becoming a full-fledged entrepreneur.
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Myla Saavedra is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and women empowerment coach who’s on a relentless mission to help single moms fearlessly, passionately and victoriously live their lives. The principles she adheres to promotes and teaches emphasize spirituality, self-love and the “Beloved” mindset. Connect with her at @OfficialMylaSaavedra on Facebook and @MylaASaavedra on Twitter.