Ever Consider Being an Entrepreneur When You Grow Up?

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It's a question that never grows old!

There are times when others ask us why we do what we do. People are often curious about your choices when they are in the midst of evaluating their own lives and contemplating making a change. It is one of the wonderful aspects of friendship and community. We share our experiences and learn from one another. We are all affiliated with different groups, circles and networks based on our various interests.

When venturing into an area which is fairly new to us, it becomes even more important to do research and familiarize ourselves with the experiences and wisdom of those who have gone before us. This is why coaches, leaders and mentors are so valuable. If you want to succeed in a particular area, one of the best things you can do is find someone who has accomplished that to which you aspire, and learn from them.

When I was in seminary, we had a program where we “shadowed’ a clergyperson doing the kind of ministry we felt called to do. Similarly, today I work with proven leaders in my chosen field and am passionate about life-long learning and self-development. I think it is important to ask ourselves throughout our many stages of life, What do I want to be when I grow up? Have you ever considered being an entrepreneur when you grow up?

Like many others, I began my entrepreneurial journey after deeply satisfying and rewarding professional careers. I've worked for a multinational corporation in home-health care; for non-profit organizations; and in philanthropy. It wasn't until I got into network marketing, with an international health and wellness company, that all of my passions came together in one exciting endeavor. I love being a solutions broker! As C.S. Lewis asserted, "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

Your answer may surprise you!

Have you ever owned & operated a home-based business? Even a lemonade stand counts!

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter

While not everyone has an entrepreneurial spirit, for those who do there is little else that compares with the deliciously heady rewards one can experience. In the book I list and briefly explore 5 key challenges to consider: Some start-up costs are required; There are tangible risks involved; The responsibility rests with you; There is greater exposure and need for asset protection; and It can be isolating without a community. I also pose twelve questions to ask yourself, such as, Does the opportunity excite, challenge and energize me? Does the company’s mission fit with my vision and values?

In the following chapter, I list and briefly explore 5 key benefits: You have no commute or office politics; Time and money freedom, autonomy and independence; Break away from being a wage earner and get into profits; Your success is limited only by you; Learning and applying new skills and increasing your value to others.

One concern I often hear is from those who have the desire to become their own boss and pursue time and financial freedom while making a meaningful contribution, yet they fear they might not have the ability to make it. I always love sharing this anonymous quote with them,

“It’s impossible,” said Pride.

“It’s risky,” said Experience.

“It’s pointless,” said Reason.

“Give it a try,” whispered the Heart.

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In Life, as in the dictionary, Enthusiasm comes before Entrepreneur!

While I am a firm believer in doing your due diligence, considering the very real and potential risks, and calculating the many costs, I also advocate listening to your heart and following your passion.

Entrepreneurs are people of vision and mission. We seek to have a better life, and we also seek to improve or enhance the lives of others in some way. In one of the more personal statements in the book, I share this:

After losing too many people I care about to disease, bearing witness to the crushing challenges of financial stress; being saddened by wide-spread, ill-informed lifestyle choices; and lack of optimal nutrition, I found solutions that changed my life and that are transforming the lives of lots of everyday people. This is the heady mix of problems and creative solutions, from which inspiration springs.

What deeply concerns you? About what are you most passionate? Do you have a fervent desire to be part of the solution? If you could be an effective change agent, would that make your heart sing? What do you now want to be when you grow up? This is the kind of resolute enthusiasm which motivates many entrepreneurs.

On this journey, even "No thank you" has benefits.

Well, what if you come to realize that you are not entrepreneurial and don’t really have any interest in having a home-based business? This book will nonetheless show you how to develop a more positive mindset, so you can live a much more fulfilling life, whatever you choose to pursue.

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billybuc 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

Well I am an entrepreneur...I'm a freelance writers for goodness sake! :)

Congrats on the book. I hope you find great success with it. I'm busy writing and trying to make a decent supplemental income with the urban farm...that's enough business for me during my "declining" years. :)


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Linda Compton 14 months ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Dear billybuc, you are my all-time favorite urban farmer and I love & appreciate your writing. I also grin like a nut whenever you write a comment. You are SO faithful. CONGRATULATIONS, btw, for your recent, well-deserved Hub honor! WhoopWhoopWhoop. So grateful for our connection!


Billi Grossman 14 months ago

I have found entrepreneurship to be the most rewarding work I have done. And it is work, especially in the beginning. In addition, the benefits of developing ones skills and positive mindset exceed any corporate training I have ever had. I really like this book. There is something here for most everyone.


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Linda Compton 14 months ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Thank you, Billi Grossman, appreciate your comments. I feel the same way about the rewards; and the exceptional self-development opportunities!

Wouldn't want to be doing anything else!


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aviannovice 14 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Good work, Linda, may you sell many copies. Leaders can be made, as well as born.


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Linda Compton 14 months ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Thank you, aviannovice! I wholeheartedly agree with you Deb, about leaders! Thanks for all you do.

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