Updated: Aug 27, 2019
In the world of education, when a parent decides to homeschool their child, they go through a transition called unschooling. Essentially this is a period of time when parents create the opportunity for children’s interests to lead their education. As an entrepreneur, I can relate to unschooling in a big way.
I have worked at a W2 job for almost 35 years. I’m still in my 40’s so that should tell you how long I’ve actually held a job. I’ve always followed a schedule that was set for me and completed duties that were assigned to me. When I became an educational leader, I had influence on vision and procedure, but in the end there were stakeholders that had to approve initiatives. So, I’ve guided the ship, but never actually been the captain.
Entrepreneurship was a new found freedom. I was like a kid that just left for college. I wanted to try this and do that and move that mountain and fly that plane. I spent an entire year just figuring out who I was and what I wanted to do. In fact, I went full circle and landed right back where I was almost 2 decades ago. Life is so interesting, isn’t it? Let me fill you in. Around 2000, I signed up for an intense copywriting program. I took the course and didn’t start my own business, but dabbled in copywriting for the next 17 years. A couple of years ago, I got more serious. I wrote emails, how to manuals, blogs, sales letters, web content, landing pages, sales funnels and, even, wedding vows. When writing became the focus of my business, I was lit up! I couldn’t get enough. I began writing even when I didn’t have a client just to practice my skills.
But this wasn’t my first business idea. I ventured into speaking and training. I did some MLM. None of it felt right. But, writing, yeah that was the stuff.
I’m speaking to you, Mr. or Ms. Entrepreneur. It is absolutely, one hundred percent, totally okay for you to change directions. When you are first starting out, you are just slipping away from the restrictions of a W2 and, frankly, you’ve never been able to spread your wings. This opportunity is a new found freedom. When you realize you can be or have anything you want, it’s a bit intimidating. The world is yours. No one is telling you when to show up or when to go home or what to do while you are awake. It’s a feeling that is absolutely unexplainable.
People think when you leave a job to start a business, you should know exactly what you are planning to do. It simply doesn't work that way. It takes time to determine exactly which direction you want your business to go. It takes time to find out who you are. It takes time to determine where you want to spend your energy.
Allow yourself the time for self discovery. Allow yourself the time to grow. Allow yourself the time to figure out who you are and how you want to spend your days. It’s okay to switch gears. It’s okay to be indecisive at first.
Try on different directions and see how they feel. When you find the right direction, you will know. The right direction will be the one you can’t stop thinking about. It will be the one that you think about while you are showering. It will be the one that gives you a sense of peace, not anxiety. It will just feel right...you will know.
I’m grateful for my path. Writing, persuading and engaging provide me with the opportunity to be creative, ingenious and autonomous.
Where has your path to entrepreneurship led you? Do you embrace the flow or fight it?
Find your path. Don’t focus on the time it takes. Chase that dream.
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