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Entrepreneurs’ Journey – Be Inspired

You wake up one day and you’re two years shy of 40. You’ve reached a point when it’s no longer about the pay check or title. You know something is missing: You want significance, to make a difference, to give back, to connect, to grow, to be fulfilled, to have time-freedom, to ‘work-to-live’ and not merely ‘live-to-work.  You want to thrive and not just survive in this new ‘Empathy-driven’ economy! You come to the realization that you would have to give up something to get the time you need to pursue the life of your dreams.

And so, you give up a six-figure `safe` world, you take up a part-time, minimum wage job, and as you go through the repetitive motions of ‘work’, you hone your ideas and spend your lunch hours scribbling them on now tattered papers. Of course, the people in your life look at you and even though they don`t say it aloud, you know what they`re thinking: `Are you absolutely crazy! ` You learn to practice selective hearing and ignore the pitying glances.

Yet the ideas won`t leave you, you simply light up when talking about your vision, time flies when you work on your business plan. You know in your gut that this plan is also your life plan. And life doesn’t stop; commitments to Mr. Rogers, Madame Bell and Ms. Enbridge still need to be kept! So you make sacrifices, cut off cable, stop eating out, become a coupon collector and a bargain shopper. You build a strong bond with the local library and develop inhuman radar for store-wide ‘sales’ and get on every thrift store’s mailing list.

Yes, the ideas keep you up at night and so you pray harder and cry to the universe for guidance. And finally one day, you finally take the plunge! You start small, you tell a friend, and a family member and you ask them to tell others. You find a network of fellow ‘crazy’ people to motivate and guide you. But even with all the passion, fire, hard-work, the butterflies won`t leave you, the nerves hit you again and again. But you just keep going…a little step each day.

You worry about monetizing what you love. Will the clients ever come? You worry if it makes sense at all, and wonder if they’re right and you’re just wasting your time and throwing your life away. You begin to question if you missed the easy turn to ‘Reality-Land’ and took the enticing but difficult turn to ‘La-la Land.’ You look around for resources for small businesses and stumble upon an amazing life-business coach Mike Klingler and his unique approach to ‘Attraction Marketing’ in his School of Online Business.

And then suddenly, after years of slugging away, you wake up to find strangers calling you, emailing you, texting you, begging to buy your products and services. They`re now your biggest and most passionate advocates and are happily spreading the word for you. You know you’ve hit the sweet spot when they`re actually PAYING you to speak, to share, to collaborate with them. You begin to glow, and radiate that unique light of success.

And like a miracle, you, who begged and bugged friends and family to refer clients, utter these magical words: `I am not currently taking clients at the moment, but is it okay if I put you on my waiting list?` And as soon as the words leave your lips and you hear their excited voices saying: ‘yes’, you begin to sweat, to tremble, to shake and you double over with joy, with humility, with gratitude, with love and so you fall on your knees and as the tears roll down, you whisper again and again: ‘I am grateful, thank you, thank you.’

And with clarity, you realize that you must share this. You must tell other budding Entrepreneurs like yourself, those crazy souls around the world, who are busy with the balancing act, chasing dreams, pursuing passions, going against convention, staying up at night with ideas…You must encourage them to keep going, to never let up, to never, ever give up because one day soon, they too shall say: “I am not currently taking clients at the moment, but is it okay if I put you on my waiting list? ”

 

The preceding is a guest post from Juliet Ume, MBA –Wealth Management Consultant & Lifestyle Coach at Whole Woman Network. Juliet is an avid Life Connoisseur and a passionate advocate of WomEntrepreneurship, Investment & Financial Literacy for women. Follow her on Twitter: @wholewomaninc

 

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