When I chose to homeschool my children I knew I was choosing a certain lifestyle. A lifestyle that would give us the freedom to visit family that lived far away, to take trips when others couldn't, to spend a lot of time together, etc.
It was not going to be without its struggles or trials. I knew not every day was going to be smooth and trouble or frustration-free. But, my reasons and dreams for making the decision to homeschool were bigger than the inconvenience of the bad moments or days.
The best thing I did while homeschooling my kids was to join up with other families who homeschooled and share resources. We encouraged each other and helped each other evaluate our efforts and our keep our kids on the best path for them. We joined forces to make all of our loads lighter.
When I chose to be an entrepreneur I knew I was choosing a certain lifestyle that would give me the ability to live life fully, how and where I wanted to. A style similar to homeschooling my kids in that I could travel, visit family and friends when I want to. Being someone who is crazy spontaneous that is very important to me.
Being an entrepreneur has many benefits, but it also is a huge responsibility. I don't have anyone to provide a paycheck for me except me. There are many tools to automate a lot of things, but the responsibility still comes down to me. There are skills to learn and legal things to put into place.
Not every program or service I do is going to be profitable and not every day is going to go the way I want it to or be as easy as I would like. Does that mean I give up or it's not worth it??
Some things I have learned and sometimes continuing to learn. It wouldn't matter if I was still homeschooling my kids or building my business:
- If you don't take daily action your progress grinds to a halt
- If you don't schedule it 😱 it doesn't happen
- The challenges along the way make you better, stronger and wiser
- You won't arrive the same day you start. It takes time, consistency, daily action, a lot of work, and determination
If you want the lifestyle and the goals you have bad enough you can make it happen, but it won't happen if you give up.
There were many days it would have been a pleasure to send my kids to school, but the lifestyle and goals we had would have been lost. And, now that we are on other side of raising our kids I am extremely glad we never gave up. It wasn't perfect and some days were ugly, but the big picture and amazing adults they are now was all worth it.
The same goes for my business. If I don't keep working at the goals and dreams I want and daily action to achieve those the lifestyle I want won't happen. I have BIG, HAIRY Goals and that means I need to build the big, bodacious business to support those goals!!
The best step I took in my business was becoming part of an Entrepreneur Community called The Young Entrepreneur Project (YEP). In this community, I have not only found the training, mentorship, Marketing tools, and many benefits that I use to build my business, but I have found the support and the kick in the butt for those days that are harder to be motivated than others.
Being an entrepreneur can sometimes get lonely especially for those of us who are not introverts. We run our own businesses, but inside of YEP we support each other, help each other overcome obstacles, discuss personal development together. We also give each other feedback on projects we're working on and what is working or not working with our marketing.
To Your Success,
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