Sunday, March 24, 2013

Be All In - For Yourself ...

"The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you."  - Anthony (Tony) Robbins

The job market is better; the economy slooooow improves. This is good and what we have been patiently waiting for.

With renewed confidence, many are returning to the job market, planning to move on from a job they just held onto until the market improved, and they are doing so in masses. Employers have yet to see the impact this will have on their business, especially those who treated employees with lack of respect, and to a degree, loyalty.

But the fact remains: For many, their perfect job isn’t in the market yet now or perhaps forever. So, they have to make it on their own and be all in for themselves. Yes – they should look to entrepreneurship – driving their own destiny, controlling their life, enjoying what they develop and for once, being in control of their life and their earnings. Many are flocking to being in their own business now and the statistics are telling. In the 25 years I have been coaching people in their careers, people destined to start their open business was normally about 2% of those in the market.

It is 12% now – 6 times the norm. What this tells us is two things:

People are sick and tired of being controlled by others, and,

… The barriers to start one’s own business have been removed, thanks to technology in a large part

The days of having to have hundreds of thousands of dollars to start a business are history, unless you want to start a brick-and-mortar McDonalds or some other large concern. In 1988, I started my business, with initial training, equipment, office and all, for $13, 888. I see people starting businesses in their basement, at a home office, on the web – you name it. And they succeed if they have the right personal, personality and behavioral characteristics to be an entrepreneur – this is critical.

It isn’t just drive, or persistence or positive mental attitude that counts – it is more. It is resilience, yes being stubborn, being open-minded and more. There are many, many factors that make the difference between success and oftentimes disconnect and failure.

Do you have the characteristics to succeed in your own business? 

Maybe – maybe not. My recommendation to you – find out first before going down that path. Talk to others in their own business. read and research. Get help if you need to. With many of my clients, I use a rather unique assessment  – the Entrepreneurial Perspective (EP) assessment. This tool identifies – or not – if one has the core characteristics to succeed in their own business. There are others on the market ( but just be careful of the “free” ones on the Internet – they are often not valid).

If it is right for you, you can be in control of your career and life right away. Starting a business while working is so common today; have two or three “things” that produce income (business, two part-time jobs for example) is very common. Just be open minded and look at the possibilities.

It is your choice – be controlled or be in control.

And thank you for reading this. - Dan

Dan Moran
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