There is nothing more seductive than the idea of being your own boss one day. Especially when you have been an employee working painfully long hours for several years.
In one way or another, one has thought of quitting one’s job and focusing on one’s own business for good. And let’s admit, this usually happens before going to bed while dreading to face the heavy workload the next day. Or it could be after a long and tiring day at work, in a commute during a rush hour standing or sitting elbow-to-elbow with people who clearly also look as exhausted as you.
I am guilty of this too — day dreaming at some point. And day dreaming of saying good bye to one’s day job is astoundingly seductive. Really. You’ll have your own time, your own pacing, and no one to please. And when I catch myself doing this, echoes of Zig Ziglar’s Texan voice usually resonates. Never fails. His words usually bring me back to reality.
Zig Ziglar (November 6, 1926 – November 28, 2012), if you do not know him yet, has sold millions of books on entrepreneurship, leadership and personality development. He has helped transform millions of lives, aiding them to reach immeasurable successes. He graced this world with such optimistic disposition and for sure his influence will last in several generations to come. He once said:
“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
Dreaming is good. It sparks you to keep on going. But simply dreaming just won’t do the trick. I believe that dreaming and impulsively acting on it is even more dangerous than voluntarily setting your own house on fire.
So how does one successfully plan, prepare and execute to win? There are a lots of lessons out there, but here are three of them to begin with.
1. Firstly, create something of real value. Ziglar said, “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” Think about this for a moment. Will what you offer to the world improve their lives for the better? Will it bridge a need? If yes, apart from addressing a need, you have actually contributed to making this world a much lovelier place to live in. As you journey through your business, you will have the confidence needed to boost you up when challenges come along the way.
2. Secondly, cover all your bases.“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes,” shared Ziglar. Do you have a solid business plan? Have you calculated your upside and have minimized your downside? Do you have enough funding to support you during the infancy years of your business? When you cover your bases, the odds will be strongly in your favor. And who doesn’t want that?
3. Thirdly, keep bouncing up. Ziglar meant it when he said to always “remember that failure is an event, not a person.” It’s okay to make mistakes. Even if they are costly — sometimes. They are okay as long as you bounce back. Don’t stay in the low-zone too long. Pick your self up, take the lesson and get back up! Failure will not define you as a person. But the character you have built after the priceless lessons will.
We are all in this journey of discovering ourselves. I, myself, am also a student in this business world while still employed. And I believe we are all destined to succeed. It is up to us to work for it. While quitting the day job looks like a red apple on a tree, who said we have to pick it this soon?
Before we make that decision, let us plan, prepare then expect to win first. If you are interested in learning more about how to strategically win in business, Investhusiasts is the perfect avenue for you. In fact, coming this 20th of July 2018, the first comprehensive event on entrepreneurship — NegosYOU Forum — will take place.
Learn with people who are driven to succeed as you. We would love to have you in the event. I would be ecstatic to meet you too, maybe we can talk about our dreams and the actions we plan to do about it. How about that as the perfect conversation starter? 🙂
Cheers to the day-dreamers and action-starters!
Love and Light!