To Be or Not to Be an Entrepreneur

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A few days ago, I reconnected with a friend after being away on business trips and he stated to me, "I envy you. You're able to live your life freely with no restrictions and don't have to answer to anyone. I wish I could do the same." As an entrepreneur, freedom is one of the most rewarding aspects of being your own boss. However, as glamorous as this freedom looks, not everyone is cut out to endure the role as an entrepreneur. Allow me to provide tips to help decide if you should become an entrepreneur or not.

  • Willingness to Sacrifice // When you're a budding entrepreneur, sacrifices will need to be made in order to grow and expand your business. Any frivolous spending or bad habits of yours getting in the way of your plan to succeed, get rid of them. Making sacrifices in your life is the hardest thing to do but worth it in the long run, if committed to your vision.

  • Guard your Ear Gate // You will get a lot of unrequested advice and feedback from outsiders on how you should run your business. Any advice given to you by someone who has not experienced the journey you're about to embark on, take it as a grain of salt. Instead, guard your ears from the naysayers and open them to those that offer valuable, strategic advice.

  • Working Multiple Roles Simultaneously // Life as an entrepreneur is about doing whatever it takes to get the job done. So if that means that you have to wear multiple hats at once, then so be it. Your drive and tenacity to take your business to the next level is determined and reflected by the amount of work you put in daily.

If you still believe that you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur, then by all means, do it. However, if you feel as though you want to achieve ultimate success as an employee in corporate America, that is perfectly fine too. Which is why I wrote and self-published my book, How to Pimp Corporate America, to help others realize and understand all of the factors involved at winning in their corporate careers.

No matter your choice, make the right decision that coincides with the future you desire for your career, you and/or your family.

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Joshua Jackson