Over the past two months, I have seriously pondered on this question. While spending time reflecting on this question, I have also taken time to observe the people in my environment. I have also engaged in various conversations with people from a variety of educational, economic and cultural backgrounds. I have watched people and how loyal they are to their jobs. They get up early before the sun comes up to be the first person in the office. They leave the office after the sun goes down, rush through dinner and run to bed just to do it all over again. They deal with office politics, discrimination, and gossip along with their daily work tasks and obligations. They create innovations within the organization and the organization claims legal ownership of those innovations. And if they do this every day for the duration of the year without fail, they earn 2 weeks of vacation, four sick days for their loyalty and a percentage of their former income when they retire at 65.
I once had dinner with a friend who told me, he would be scared to do what I do because it is scary not having a 9-5. I smiled because I feel the exact opposite way. It’s scary having a 9-5 job. I say this in no way to demean anyone who has a 9-5 job. There is an ebb and flow to life which requires people to work for companies. It is a respectful and commendable action and part of what creates innovation and helps the world continue to positively function. The reality is that companies need employees, and employees need jobs and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
However, this blog post is not geared towards everyone. It is geared towards those secret entrepreneurs who are scared to unleash their talents for various reasons, and instead opt to continue building another person’s dream.
After careful review and reflection, I have arrived at a few reasons why as people we tend to be more loyal to our jobs than our business.
There is an old quote that states that the devil you know is better than the one that you don’t. The fallacy in this statement is that a devil is still a devil no matter if you know them are not! In essence, challenges exists in every area of life. This is an undeniable fact and reality. Complacency and fear can cause you to miss out on your destiny if you allow it. I love the quote, if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. Fear can often be a driving factor for success. I have found that in my fearful moments, I received the adrenaline rush, will power and strength to push through to meet my goals and objectives. I am rarely ever able to do this when I am comfortable and complacent with life. Do it scared! Whatever “it” is! Fear is an amazing motivator for success if harnessed correctly. Use your fear to propel you towards your dreams and destiny. Don’t allow fear to cause you to shrink back and be complacent. Regret is worse than fear in my opinion.
You don’t have to be like everyone else. It is my belief that social media plays too big of a role in what people think they should be doing these days. Sometimes and individual’s desire to “be like everyone else” can block them from their own blessings. We are all individuals. We have our own unique backgrounds, stories and experiences. We were not put here to conform. We were put here to make our mark in the world, and realize God’s purpose for us in this world. And we can’t do that by hiding our talents in the ground ( Reference: Matthew 25:14-30).
If you need to disconnect from social media for awhile, do it but don’t allow conformity to allow you to miss your purpose in this world. We all have one, and the reality is that it was never meant to match any of the other people in your timeline. Time to walk in your own personal destiny that was designed specifically and only for you!
- Perceived Stability
We’ve all been taught this system, so we’ve begun to put faith in it. Go to school, graduate, get a good job, work in your field for 30-40 years. It’s a good formula, but I am here to tell you…there’s something else ( Prince tone). Entrepreneurism- a world where you can always create innovation…day…or night ( ok I’m done with the Prince references). Stability is an optical illusion. People get jobs, people get fired from jobs. If you work in sales for a company and you are the top performer, why do you believe that you wouldn’t be able to do this for yourself? If you have regular make-up clients that come to the mall location where you work and regularly ask for you specifically, why would you not be able to start your own make-up business? Stability is eventually derived from consistency ( more about that in bullet 5). If you want stability, continue to hone your craft, build your business and most importantly don’t give up. Yes, it can be very challenging, but you never lose if you don’t quit ( facts).
- Lack of Discipline
Now, this is challenge. Discipline is real. I believe it is one of the biggest if not the biggest challenge towards success. Discipline has a serious pre-requisite called commitment. In order to master discipline you must make a solid commitment to achieving your goals and objectives. When your committed to any goal, you carry forth with the actions necessary to reach the goal no matter how you feel. Commitment and discipline are independent of feelings and focus more on action.
- Lack of Consistency
There are various times of the year such as the new year, our birthdays or other occurrences that may inspire and motivate us to begin chasing our dreams. Initially, we are excited and pumped up to begin working on our new entrepreneurial endeavor. However, at some point life gets in the way and we become inconsistent in the pursuit of our goals. It happens to me, it happens to everyone. However, how powerful would it be if we didn’t allow life’s interruptions to break our consistency? Imagine how much could we achieve if we remained consistent and focus on the completion of a targeted action.
So what are some steps that we can take to become more loyal to our businesses and our dreams? Simple! We perform the opposite action to the 5 bullet points listed above.
- The Opposite of Fear in this scenario is Faith
The Bible clearly states that Faith without works is dead. If you want to take your business to the next level, it requires Faith on your part. Faith that your business is viable and has the opportunity to become major. Fear can be a crippling emotion, keeping you stuck in your own personal prison or the proverbial rat wheel of life running and running, but never advancing. Regret can be worse than fear. If there is something you want to do, start where you can and do it. There is no tomorrow ( Apollo Creed Tone- Blog Post Coming Soon).
You have to be willing to be different. Even if no one understands. Even if the people around you think you are making a mistake. Some of the world’s best innovations came from people who pressed on even though the majority told them they were wrong. Henry Ford failed at five business before creating Ford Motor Company ( a brand that is still highly successful and relevant today).
Soichiro Honda ( the creator of the popular Honda Car Brand) was inspired by Thomas Edison and rebelled against the norm. Honda was actually turned down by Toyota after interviewing for an engineer job and was out of a job for a long time. I don’t have to tell you how his story turned out. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and is now one of the most celebrated icons in Basketball history.
- Changing your definition of stability
What is stability? I have seen people work for companies for 20-30 years faithfully and be let go and escorted out of the company as if they were criminals. The reality is there is no stability, only the perceived belief that it exists. In life, there are no do over’s. Everyday that you are blessed to wake up is your opportunity to make your dreams come true. Is stability for you making $5,000 a month? Is it being able to spend more time with your kids and just making sure that the bills are covered? Is it having enough income to be able to travel and financially support yourself? Yes, there are many obstacles in creating your own business, but there are obstacles on your job too. Create your own definition of stability!
- Get Disciplined!
Get committed like your life depends on it, because..well, it does. Your life is the sum of actions repeated day in and day out so the seeds you plant everyday is the crop that you will sew during harvest season. Water your plants and watch them grow. The first step is to get disciplined.
- Be Consistent!
No matter what obstacles arise, keep pressing forward. Ignore your fatigue, frustration and focus on your overall goal. Let it motivate you to keep moving in the face of challenges in an effort to achieve your goals.
And Finally, as my special new year’s gift to you, here is a Free link to my Goals Workbook. This workbook has been designed to work as a symbolic roadmap to help you build a plan towards creating and developing your dreams and business! Please share with anyone you think may need it! Best Wishes and make it happen this year!