Thursday, 10 July 2008

Don't Forget Why You Took The Leap!

When you work for yourself - and by yourself - it can be easy to lose sight of why you went self-employed in the first place. So sometimes, you have to stand back from it all and remind yourself of all the benefits of taking the Leap.

And one of those is that once you are working for yourself in the scrambled up world of work, you’ll benefit from a whole new approach to life and work.

I met up with an old colleague who works for a medium sized business. He’s stuck in a rut, missing the exciting stuff of business.

Missing doing the deal, winning business, the adrenalin and risk of it all. And whilst there are hundreds of opportunities out there where he can find what he’s missing working for others, there is one place where he can rediscover all this – working for himself.

If you pull it off, working for yourself can give you a whole load of benefits in how you run your life.

Yes, it’s stressful but it gives you an opportunity no employer can provide: the opportunity to do your own thing; to write your own job description; to be responsible for everything from sales to accounts; to be a small – but perfectly formed – self-sufficient entrepreneur.

That experience gives you self belief, confidence and a sense of achievement that is so basic. That with your raw materials (those ideas and that contact book) you DID make something out of nothing; you created a product that clients wanted to buy; you billed them and what’s more they paid you.

You don’t answer to someone else; you control what you do, how you do it and when you do it. That’s something to be proud of.

And never underestimate that triumph – to achieve all that, on your own, through determination and commitment, to stick with it and survive the knock-backs, and to survive. That is what business is all about.

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