Entrepreneurship has been on my mind. At what point did you decide that working 18 hours a day to make your dreams come true was for you? Maybe you always knew… Maybe you worked 18 hours a day for “the man” and decided that was for the birds. I mean if you’re going to work your fingers to the bone thanklessly, shouldn’t you be working for you?
Being an entrepreneur is one of the hardest jobs out there, maybe aside from being a stay-at-home mom (where you also work 18 hours a day!), and it is not for the faint of heart. If you want an easy job, this is not for you. If you are motivated by thanks, this is not for you. If you need someone to direct you, this is not for you. On the other hand, if you are self motivated and driven by results, if you constantly have ideas to make the world you live in a better place or ideas on making work easier, or ultimately driven by the idea of being free–free of “the man”, free of the 8 to 5, free of the oppressive feeling of work and ready to embrace the empowering feeling of finally being successful in your own right–then and only then is this very difficult job for you.
There are so many resources available to help the entrepreneur! Not even counting Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for networking purposes. (Which if you haven’t already joined these groups, you need to. There are a plethera of people on these networks available to answer questions, a resource-if you will-on a variety of subjects. Use the resources you have available!) There are a variety of other places for information and building blocks for entrepreneurs as well. Nightingale Conant offers a huge array of self improvement books, workshops and will even email you the Motivational Quote of the Day. A personal marketing favorite of mine of course, is Arcimedia and SuperHero Marketing, a great source for small business marketing tips, a great blog and personal development. Attention Ladies! There is a blog I love just for female entrepreneurs Market Like a Chick, which features tons of tips and marketing from a woman’s point of view.
So, while entrepreneurship is not for everyone those who have chosen this field know it is well worth it! I hope you find these resorces useful and they make your 18 hour day a little easier. Now, stop messing around and get back to work!! (Thought you might need a little reminder of how pleasant working for “the man” was.)