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7 Reasons Being an Entrepreneur a Great Life Decision

7 Reasons Being an Entrepreneur a Great Life Decision

When most people come to the realization that their decision to become an entrepreneur is a life-long decision, they’re almost instantly confronted with the feeling of fear and uncertainty. While being an entrepreneur isn’t a smooth journey, life isn’t either. But if you’re out there wondering if your decision to own your business and leave your 9-5 day job behind is the right decision, I want to assure you that you’re on track to make the best decision of your life.

Have you ever wondered what life as an entrepreneur feels like? Well, the following feeling is what you get as an entrepreneur.

1. You’ll get to live the life of your dreams

Not everyone gets to live their dream lifestyle, and certainly not a majority of people that work 9-5 jobs. Many people have had tough economic times and wrong executive decisions cut their dreams short. Being an entrepreneur puts you on path to live the life of your dreams.

What most people like to associate with entrepreneurship is hard work, sleepless nights, and worries over whether they are making the right decisions or not. However, many fail to see the beautiful side of being an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs like Sir Richard Branson, Neil Patel, Tim Sykes make good efforts to show the beautiful sides of entrepreneurship.

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By following the path of entrepreneurship, you’ll get to live the life of your dreams once success comes your way.

2. People Will Respect You

In the world where a larger percentage of its population are uncertain of what the future holds, a young person who has made the decision to take his/her own world into their hands sure gets a lot of respect from people. My friend, Olawale Daniel of Techatlast.com recently told me how so many people were asking him to sign autographs when they learned he runs his own business. This is the “cool guy/gal” atmosphere you carry around as an entrepreneur.

Your parents and siblings will have even higher level of respect for you the moment you make the big announcement that you’re going to start your own business.

3. You’ll Learn More about Money than Your Friends Would

One thing entrepreneurs learn very quickly is how money works. Someone working in a 9-5 job may not need to bother to learn about how money functions because they practically have everything handed to them. As an entrepreneur, you will learn, firsthand, that without money life can be tough.

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Young entrepreneurs like myself may find it hard to control how money goes out of their pocket, but, trust me, with a couple of hard knocks from the real world, you’ll quickly learn to keep your wallet closed tightly.

4. You Will Be In Control of Your Financial Life

A higher percentage of the problems we encounter in life are money-related. When you’re working for someone, they control your financial life. You only get paid when they decide you will. Should they mismanage the company’s funds, you may not get paid for what you’ve worked for.

Being in control of your financial life is such a beautiful thing. There are dozens,even hundreds, of books on financial management, but you’ll never get a practical experience of full financial control without running your own business.

5. You’ll Get to Know Most of Your Dream Businessmen and Women

As kids, we grow up admiring certain people. For most people they are athletes, movie stars, and authors while for others they are successful business people and politicians. The chance of meeting these people and interacting with them in the real world is just as slim as winning a lottery ticket.

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An opportunity to meet and even work with one or more of the people you admire growing up is one of the life perks entrepreneurship brings you. In 2014, Richard Branson gave several young inventors and entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet with him one-on-one and share their ideas with him.

So many successful business people, athletes, and movie stars love to interact with young entrepreneurs. Just don’t forget — once you have hit the big time, give back to the kids that look up to you.

6. You’ll Live a Life Full of Courage

If there’s one thing entrepreneurs are not, it is being a coward. Entrepreneurship will help you develop self confidence and a great sense of courage. Deciding to take your career into your own hands by starting on your own business sure takes a very great amount of courage.

So when you want to think about some other life benefits of being an entrepreneur, being courageous should count as part of it.

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7. You Get to Shape Other People’s Career

How often do you get to feel the sense of responsibility when others are involved, especially when it has to deal with their career? As an entrepreneur, you get to hire people to work for you and your business. This gives you a rare opportunity to help build people’s careers.

When you wake up every morning, remembering that a family is able to feed itself and live the life of their dream is all because of you makes you feel fulfilled.

So when you think about the decision to become an entrepreneur, think of it as your life’s best decision.

Featured photo credit: Liqueur Felix via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 20, 2019

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

Career advancement is an enticement that today’s companies use to lure job candidates. But to truly uncover growth opportunities within a company, it’s up to you to take the initiative to move up.

You can’t rely on recruiter promises that your company will largely hire from within. Even assurances you heard from your direct supervisor during the interviewing process may not pan out. But if you begin a job knowing that you’re ultimately responsible for getting yourself noticed, you will be starting one step ahead.

Accomplished entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman said,

“If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”

It’s important to recognize that taking charge of your own career advancement, and then mapping out the steps you need to succeed, is key to moving forward on your trajectory.

Make a Point of Positioning Yourself as a Rising Star

As an employee looking for growth opportunities within your current company, you have many avenues to position yourself as a rising star.

As an insider, you’re able to glean insights on company strategies and apply your expertise where it’s most needed. Scout out any skills gaps, then make a point to acquire and apply them. And, when you have creative ideas to offer, make it your mission to gain the ear of those in the organization who can put your ideas to the test.

Valiant shows of commitment and enterprise make managers perk up and take notice, keeping you ahead of both internal and external competitors.

Employ these other useful tips to let your rising star qualities shine:

1. Promote Your Successes to Your Higher-Ups

When your boss casually asks how you’re doing, use this valuable moment to position yourself as indispensable: “I’m floating on clouds because three clients have already commented on how well they like my redesign of the company website.”

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Tell your supervisors about any and all successes. Securing a new contract or signing a new customer should be a cause for celebration. Be sure to let your bosses know.

2. Cultivate Excellent Listening Skills

Listen well, and ask great questions. Realize that people love to talk about themselves.

But if you’re a superb listener, others will confide in you, and you’ll learn from what they share. You may even find out something valuable about your own prospects in the company.

If others view you as even-minded and thoughtful, they’ll respect your ideas and, in turn, listen to what you have to say.

Check out these important listening skills: 13 Powerful Listening Skills to Improve Your Life at Work and at Home

3. Go to All Office Networking Events

Never skip the office Christmas party, your coworker’s retirement party, or any office birthday parties, wedding showers, or congratulatory parties for colleagues.

If others see you as a team player, it will help you rise in your company. These on-site parties will also help you mingle with co-workers whom you might not ordinarily have the chance to see. For special points, help organize one or two of these get-togethers.

Take the Extra Step to Show Your Value to the Company

Managers and HR staff know that it can be less risky – and a lot less costly — to promote from within. As internal staff, you likely have a good grasp of the authority structure and talent pool in the company, and know how to best navigate these networks in achieving both the company’s goals and your own.

The late Nobel-Prize winning economist, Gary Becker, coined the term “firm-specific,” which describes the unique skills required to excel in an individual organization. You, as a current employee, have likely tapped into these specific skills, while external hires may take a year or more to master their nuances.

Know that your experience within the company already provides value, then find ways to add even more value, using these tips:

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4. Show Initiative

Commit yourself to whatever task you’re given, and make a point of going above and beyond.

Position yourself so that you’re ready to take on any growth opportunities that present themselves. If you believe you have skills that have gone untapped, find a manager who will give you a chance to prove your worth.

Accept any stretch assignment that showcases your readiness for advancement. Stay late, and arrive early. Half of getting the best assignments is sticking around long enough to receive them.

5. Set Yourself Apart by Staying up on Everything There Is to Know About Your Company and Its Competitors

Subscribe to and read the online trade journals. Become an active member in your industry’s network of professionals. Go to industry conferences, and learn your competitors’ strategies.

Be the on-the-ground eyes and ears for your organization to stay on top of industry trends.

6. Go to Every Company Meeting Prepared and Ready to Learn

A lot of workers feel meetings are an utter waste of time. They’re not, though, because they provide face-time with higher-ups and those in a position to give you the growth opportunities you need.

Go with the intention of absorbing information and using it to your advantage — including the goals and work styles of your superiors. Respect the agenda, listen more than you speak, and never beleaguer a point.

Accelerate Your Career Growth Opportunities

A recent study found that the five predictors of employees with executive potential were: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. These qualities help you stand out, but it’s also important to establish a track record of success and to not appear to be over-reaching in your drive to move up in your company.

Try to see yourself from your boss’s position and evaluate your promote-ability.

Do you display a passion and commitment toward meeting the collective goals of the company? Do you have a motivating influence with team members and show insight and excellence in all your work?

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These qualities will place you front and center when growth opportunities arise.

Use these strategic tips to escalate your opportunities for growth:

7. Find a Mentor

With mentorship programs fast disappearing, this isn’t always easy. But you need to look for someone in the company who has been promoted several times and who also cares about your progress.

Maybe it’s the person who recommended you for the job. Or maybe it’s your direct supervisor. It could even be someone across the hall or in a completely different department.

Talk to her or him about growth opportunities within your company. Maybe she or he can recommend you for a promotion.

Not sure how to find the right mentor? Here’s How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed.

8. Map out Your Own Growth Opportunity Chart

After you’ve worked at the company for a few months, work out a realistic growth chart for your own development. This should be a reasonable, practical chart — not a pie-in-the-sky wish list of demands.

What’s reasonable? Do you think being promoted within two years is reasonable? What about raises? Try to inform your own growth chart with what you’ve heard about other workers’ raises and promotions.

Once you’ve rigorously charted a realistic path for your personal development within the company, try to talk to your mentor about it.

Keep refining your chart until it seems to work with your skills and proven talents. Then, arrange a time to discuss it with your boss.

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You may want to time the discussion around the time of your performance review. Then your boss can weigh in with what he feels is reasonable, too.

9. Set Your Professional Bar High

Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers are just putting in their time. But through your active engagement in the organization and commitment to giving your best, you can provide the contrast against others giving lackluster performances.

Cultivate the hard skills that keep you on the cutting edge of your profession, while also refining your soft skills. These are the attributes that make you better at embracing diverse perspectives, engendering trust, and harnessing the power of synergy.

Even if you have an unquestionably left-brain career — a financial analyst or biotechnical engineer, for example — you’re always better off when you can form kind, courteous, quality relationships with colleagues.

Let integrity be the cornerstone of all your interactions with clients and co-workers.

The Bottom Line

Growth opportunities are available for those willing to purposely and adeptly manage their own professional growth. As the old adage says,

“Half of life is showing up.”

The other half is sticking around so that when your boss is looking for someone to take on a more significant role, you are among the first who come to mind.

Remember, your career is your business!

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