Why do so many people find themselves falling into jobs they don’t really want? Or living places that don’t make them happy? Or with lifestyles that they find stressful?
How does someone go from dreaming of being an Entrepreneur, to being locked in an office to enter data onto a spreadsheet?
The Answer: Lack of clear goals
Well, there are many factors. But it usually starts by not clearly defining your goals or what you want. Because until you know exactly what it is you actually want, how can you possibly expect to get it?
That means it isn’t good enough to decide you want to be ‘rich’, you need to know what you want to do to become rich. What kind of work you enjoy, how many hours you’re willing to work etc.
Likewise, if you hope to become an entrepreneur, then you might want to think about how you actually intend to make that happen.
What does being an ‘entrepreneur’ entail for you and how are you going to make it happen? What would you settle for?
And when you make all these decisions, you need to ensure that this is truly what you’re passionate about, that your intended goal is something that you enjoy thinking about, enjoy working on and can’t wait to make a reality.
The Simple Way to Make Decisions
The reason this is all so important, is that it will then allow you to make all your future decisions that much more easily.
This is going to act like your barometer and your road map, to help you to get to the end destination that you want.
Now, whenever you find yourself making a decision, the question to ask is:
Does it help you achieve your goals?
So for instance, if you’re dreaming of buying an expensive piece of equipment, then the simplest way to decide if it is a good idea or not is to ask if it will help you to accomplish your goals.
Likewise, if you’re unsure about where to live, or whether you should take a particular job opportunity, ask whether the decision is going to take you nearer or further from your goals.
The problem with many people who aren’t quite sure what they want, is that their objectives end up on a kind of back burner and that other things seem to start getting in the way.
But if you really want to achieve something amazing, if you have a dream business idea that you really want to make happen, 3then you need to make this your priority and you need to change the way you think about everything else.
And it shouldn’t feel like a sacrifice either. Because if you really love what you’re working toward then it will mean fully embracing the thing you really want to be doing anyway. You just need to find what that passion is.
It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Always Wanted to Be.
Many of us wanted to be amazing things when we were younger. Some of us wanted to be astronauts, some of us wanted to be Presidents and some of us wanted to be millionaires. Maybe you dreamed of owning your own business.
Then you reached your twenties and realized that achieving those dreams was harder than you thought and that you needed money faster.
So you start working a regular job in the meantime. Then you reach 30 and have a spouse and kids.
Then you reach 40 and realize you’re old and tired. And in short, you realize that you’re never going to be that thing you always wanted to be.
Dreams are for younger people, right?
Why Dreams Get Easier, the Older You Get
This is certainly the stance taken by many people but in reality the opposite should be true.
As long as you hold on to those dreams, they actually often become more attainable the older you get.
Why? For starters, being older gives you more experience and means you’re going to have a better idea of how to go after what you want.
Then there’s the fact that you’ll have had longer to accumulate useful assets.
That includes money you’ll have more funds to put behind you, but also other intangible and tangible assets such as a property, contacts, a better CV etc.
More Time As Well
If you’re retired, or your children have moved away from home, then you’ll have more time as well.
And if you combine all that with a practicality knowledge of how to leverage your age, there’s no reason that you can’t get things done even when you’re older.
This post isn’t just for people in their 80s. It applies to those in their 40s too. Did you know that the average age for successful start-up founders is 40? Did you know that you’re twice as likely to start a successful business at the age of 55 as you are at 20-34?
Yes! You Really Can Launch That Dream Start-Up Business
They say that all of us have a book in us but it’s also true that all of us have an idea in us. Nearly everyone will have at some point had an idea for a business, for a product, for an app, or for a service.
We all have ideas that we think could make money, maybe even have a positive impact on the world.
The problem is that we don’t have the know-how to make it happen, or the time. Or the money.
So, the question then, is how you take that chance and how you build a business even if you don’t just so happen to have a ton of experience, financial backing and all the right contacts. Let’s take a look at what you need to do.
The first thing to do, is to start your business right now. Too many of us mistakenly make the assumption that we need to quit our current jobs and then put all of our resources, time and effort into our businesses. It’s ‘all or nothing’ and there’s no way you can start a business half-heartedly…
Except that’s not true. In fact, there’s no reason that you can’t start your business in the evenings and weekends. Even if you just start a ‘shell’ of your business, it’s better to test that the idea has legs before you invest a lot of time and money into it.
Start a website in the evenings, start buying and selling shirts in small quantities with a small budget. Just start now and only once you know you can earn a full-time salary do you need to consider quitting your current job.
Another reason a lot of people hold themselves back from starting a dream business is that they don’t have the funds that they believe they need.
If you’re planning on selling a product you invented for example, then you will probably make the assumption that you need to invest in a large order to start.
In fact though, you can once again get by without doing that. One way around the problem is to start your business with two revenue streams, or maybe three.
Find a way to start raising capital through your other services or products and then only once you’re making more money do you invest into large bulk orders.
For instance, you might sell a hand-made product and use that money to invest in manufacturing!
Create a viable product
Another tip is to create a viable product and to start trying to make money from it as soon as possible. This is simply a way to test your business model before you invest too much in it.
Don’t make the mistake of investing in an idea that you have no proof will work and don’t put off getting your business up and running. You can refine once you’re live!