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The Ups and Downs of Running Your Own Business

Updated on November 11, 2014

Accepting The Facts

I have never been a fan of drastic and unexpected life changing events. Whenever any aspect of my life started spiraling I would hold on even tighter just hoping for the best. What I did not realize at the time was that I was choking the life out of everything and that the things I was holding onto had torn me apart mentally and emotionally. When I hit rock bottom I knew that I had to find a way to dig myself out but I at that time I had no clue as to how I was going to do that.
Now let me give you some background so you can understand that it does not matter what you go through that if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything. In early 2007 I picked up my life in Arizona and moved to Rexburg ID to date and marry a girl and to go to college. Due to some unforeseen circumstances and choices made between both the girl and I, we divorced in June of 2010. I was not even 25 yet. During those three years from 2007 and 2010 slowly things just fell apart which resulted in my work performance suffering and my school work suffering. Being in denial of reality I spent my time trying to create an alternate reality where life was exactly how I wanted to be which was no responsibility and I could do whatever I wanted and not have any consequences. When the hammer hit even harder I lost my job due to missing 2 weeks straight worth of work and because I had failed the last semester of College because I was not showing up for class putting me on Academic Suspension. At this point I had given up and I was prepared to move to another state where I had gotten a job and had a place lined up to live. However with that being said not everything was lining up to where i could get out and I had no idea why because there was nothing keeping me there. I had a plethora of emotions going through my head. Most of all I was pissed.
Fast forward to October of 2010. Still in shock but never one to sit back I was blessed to find my now wife Aimee Sykes who helped me to get up off my butt, face reality and get back out in the real world. Before we got married I had worked for a short time for a company that was an investment education company that helped people create their own online businesses. I had never really thought about going into business for myself but as the weeks passed by I made a decision that I would do whatever it took to make sure that I could be my own boss. I wanted to be in full control of my financial future and I wanted the freedom to be able to be at home with my family.
I am now 30 years old and there are a few things that I would like to share with you.Whether you are running your own business currently or are thinking about running your own business I recommend you take what I say to heart. Though the road has been incredibly difficult I promise you that as you work with both the ups and downs of doing so that you will be successful.

Getting The Courage To Take Risks

As human beings we tend to drift towards taking the easier route. In any situation the easiest route is going to produce the least results. Also as humans we tend to want quick results without the work that goes behind it and typically the route with the most turmoil and strife are the best paths we have to take, but our courage wanes. So what do you do? Do you sit back and let opportunities pass you by? Do you do anything and everything that comes your way just to see if it will be the best result for you. NO! You need to get up out of your seat and you learn about every option that is available to you. You weigh the pro's and con's and you evaluate the risk level. You don't need to be stupid about the risks you take you just need to know what the possibilities are and how likely they are to happen at that point in your life. Take for example when I first started my journey to self employment (which is still in progress) First I began by trying anything and everything out there. I spent money I did not have. I wasted time that I did not have or should have used and I made sacrifices that should not have been sacrificed just to gain a buck but as I dug deeper I started to learn to evaluate the cost of each risk and my ability of being able to discern if I should move forward with it began to be sharpened so that the welfare of my self and my wife were not put in harms way in every aspect. Learn to discern. You will gain more courage and lose more fear.

The Ups of Running Your Own Business

Do you remember hearing in school "The American Dream". Everyone wants to be in control of their own life. They want to have everything their hearts desire. The biggest up of running your own business is that you can do just that. You can have everything your heart desires. It provides you with the freedom of being able to have your needs met. Another up of running your own business is that the possibilities are endless and when done right the risks can be minimal. When you run your own business you can work the hours that you want allowing you to spend more time with those you love and live life the way that you want to on your own terms and not on anybody else's.

The Downs of Running Your Own Business

The "American Dream" does not come without sacrifice. If you are not careful you can sacrifice the most important things in your life. There are going to be family and friends who will tell you that you cannot not do it and that it is not worth it to just go get a regular job. Part of the down of starting to run your own business is that you have to put in hours upon hours upon hours and invest yourself emotionally and sometimes physically to get off the ground. Ideas you have as part of your business are not always going to work and parts of your business will fail at times but it is how you handle it that determines if you are going to come out on top.

The Ultimate Goal

You are not alone when it comes to trying to reach your Ultimate Goal. If you want different results then you need to make different choices. Overall you can achieve anything you want to achieve. Believe In Yourself. Pick a business you can be passionate about and fuel the fire and you will obtain your Ultimate Goal. Go get em!


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