“It’s too risky,” Aunt Moira warbles, her cornbread perm shaking with her upper lip as you unfurl your carefully constructed plan for your dream start-up. “You’ll wind up sleeping in your parents’ basement,” she warns, dashing lunch crumbs off the table as casually as she’s dashed your ambitions. “Better to just go to Med School.”
Sound familiar? Most budding entrepreneurs have likely had a conversation like this at least once if not countless times over. Betting on yourself can be scary, especially when there’s no mold to follow. So how do you know if you’re ready to take the leap?
Chris Guillebeau is a renowned speaker, blogger, and author of several well-known entrepreneurial books including “The Side Hustle” and “$100 Start-Up.” In his bite-sized video entitled “Are You Ready to Be Your Own Boss?” Guillebeau delves into questions a budding entrepreneur should ask themselves and why he thinks becoming an entrepreneur is actually not the risk people make it out to be.
Many young people find the lure of entrepreneurship quite strong, especially students who have already experienced the flexibility and ownership of an online personalized education. Being your own boss begets more freedom, independence, and of course, the occasional ability to create amazing work while still in your pajamas. (A virtue which cannot be overstated.) The lifestyle can be quite enticing, but breaking the mold and trying to create and monetize something from scratch can also be incredibly daunting. So how do you know if you’re ready?
Guillebeau’s favorite definition of an entrepreneur is: “Someone who will work twenty-four hours a day for themselves to avoid working one hour a day for someone else.” When considering entrepreneurship, Guillebeau recommends starting globally by asking: “What do I want to make for my life? What do I want to-- not just accomplish, but who do I want to be; who do I want to become?”
In regards to entrepreneurship being a risk, Guillebeau has a surprisingly fresh take on it: “I actually think entrepreneurship is a safe choice… a conservative choice. I want to be able to rely on myself, not on someone else.” When you choose to start a business, you’re really choosing yourself; trusting your own ability to evolve and add tremendous value to the world through whatever medium wherein your genius lies.
Are you ready to be your own boss?
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