For 5 years I’ve been reading articles, watching video interviews, listening to podcasts, you name it, all about entrepreneurship and the benefits of blogging. It took me until 2 years ago to start a business, and until a week and a half ago to start a personal blog. If I could go back in time, I would’ve started “doing” 5 years ago. Here’s why.
1. It teaches you to learn
The creative freedom that goes along with having a business or project that is your own allows for trying new methods and developing new skills at your own pace, rather than an employer’s. I’ve learned more working on my own projects in the last 2 years than I did working any other job, and I’ve become exponentially more valuable as a consultant because of it.
2. You build assets and worth
Being an entrepreneur is motivating. You have to hustle and step out of your comfort zone. It will force you to make sales, even if you aren’t good at it. You’re forced to meet a lot of people and put yourself out there in ways you would never do otherwise, which in turn expands your network. Even if you fail your first, second, and fifth time you try, you’ll acquire assets that you can take with you on your journey to success.
3. Life is more fun
Every win, no matter how big or small, is exciting. When I see a new email subscription pop up, I get excited because I accomplished something, and I did it my way. When you do finally transition to working for yourself full time, you have the flexibility to move your schedule around and experience more of what life has to offer.
4. The timing will never be perfect
Only learning and never doing is the oldest procrastination trick in the book, right next to blaming the economy. You don’t have to quit your job to start a side project. You’ll be relieved at how freeing it feels to put your name on something at the end of each day. If you wait for perfect circumstances, you’ll never start because the circumstances will never be perfect. My challenge to you and to myself is that while we continue to be students of success (which is a never-ending role), we begin to execute the methods we pick up from the lessons consumed on a daily basis. Learning is of no use if it’s never applied to anything real.
It’s time to get in the game and stop watching from the sidelines.