I am my own boss.
That phrase has become so glamorized in our current society. It actually makes me sick.
It’s sad to think that so many people have unrealistic beliefs about what entrepreneurship really looks like.
When I prepared to quit my job in Corporate America in 2017, it felt like everyone was skeptical (except for my entrepreneur friends who couldn’t wait for me to start living my dreams). I tiptoed around the idea of quitting my job for so long, and when the moment finally came, I had no idea what I had gotten myself into.
Prior to quitting my job, I had spent my entire life planning and preparing every detail of it. I had to stay ready.
Prior to entrepreneurship, every endeavor I’d set out to achieve had a timeline. With full-time entrepreneurship, it had no timeline. You just had to put in the work and be patient enough to see things come together.
That sounds great in theory, but it’s scary when you think about it. You mean to tell me that I’m going to work extremely hard toward something with no guarantee that it’ll actually work out? Um… what?!
I went from consistently getting a fat check twice a month to now only making money if I did the work to bring it in. That was the hard part: learning myself, learning what my clients needed, and creating products that I knew they’d love.
It has been a crazy journey over the past 1.5 years, but I’ve learned a lot in the process. I’m forever grateful for the experience, and hope you can learn from the things I wish I knew when quitting my job.
Here are the 3 things I wish I knew before I quit my job:
1. Entrepreneurship is No Joke.
I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. I was so wrong. Entrepreneurship requires a level of grit and grace that I didn’t even know I had in me.
The good thing is though entrepreneurship is hard, God will be with you every step of the way.
2. Trying to build your business in your own strength is the worst business strategy possible.
Every single time I tried to build without consulting with God as CEO, I failed fast. Failing isn’t always a bad thing, but I failed miserably when I was trying so hard to focus on how to stay afloat instead of worrying about how to actually impact
3. Your success in entrepreneurship is dependent on your mindset.
This may seem very cliche to you, but it is so true. You have to fix your mind to fully believe that you can be successful and achieve the level of success you desire to with your business. You will not be able to make a significant impact without believing that you can first do it.
The moment I changed my mindset about what I could achieve, my income skyrocketed and my confidence level was on Beyonce.
You seriously have to believe that you can make massive amounts of money and impact the masses. If you don’t think it’s possible, it will never happen. Periodt.
So here’s my point:
I don’t want to scare you out of quitting your job, but only quit when you are fully prepared and absolutely led by God. You’ll never feel “ready”, but preparing to quit your job includes you preparing a budget and an income plan to make sure that you’re not financially going under.
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