One would think and eskimo doesn’t need ice; what with being surrounded by it and all. Just like millennials don’t need another clever t-shirt or “Build Your Brand in 5 Days” eCourse.
We’re all loaded down with stuff we don’t need or things we thought would finally be “that thing” to get us over the hump. To be honest, sometimes it seems like our generation is just over it. I know I am. We’re constantly being sold to so we’ve become jaded.
What do you do as a young entrepreneur? How do you get thousands of people buying into your business without seeming like another jive salesman?
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We’re living in some uncertain times in the job market. Where corporate America was once the go-to for the young educated individual, that kind of security doesn’t exist anymore.
The American dream is getting more expensive by the day and salaries are getting smaller. The average millennial can’t depend on pension plans or 401k to be there when it’s time to retire.
That’s almost a good thing. Scratch that, it IS a good thing.
I’ve always heard that necessity is the mother of invention. The current climate in the job market is making it easier than ever for millennials to make the decision to leave the “norm” and create their own lane. We’re seeing entrepreneurs go from start up to success in a matter of a few years.
This uncertain environment is pushing more of us to strive to redefine and create our own American dream, and I, for one, love seeing it.
But what if it’s not possible to just leave your corporate job and start on your own venture?
You know how they say that being an entrepreneur “aint for everybody” ? Well, it’s not. Most people are too scared to even think about stepping out on their own. It’s a scary thing to even dream of leaving the “security” of a 9-5 and taking your life, and finances, into your own hands.
While most people never dream of it, others do, get a taste and realize it wasn’t what they expected. They go running back to the work world with their tails between their legs. It’s an embarrassing pace to be in and one you can avoid by looking at entrepreneurship with an honest eye.
When I first started out as an entrepreneur, I was clueless. I had the mistaken belief, like most people do, that being an entrepreneur meant I could do what I wanted when I wanted, how I wanted. Suddenly, I didn’t have a boss to answer to and all my time was mine. I could go where I wanted, stay out late, sleep in. Or so I thought.
Today is the day of the entrepreneur. If you haven’t made the leap from your 9-5 already, you’re probably thinking about it. With so many options and outlets to get your business started, there’s never been a better time to decide to break out on your own.
We live in a time when anything you’re good at can become a source o income. Social media provides us with direct-to-consumer access, and also business options that don’t require any start up money.
Here are 10 businesses you can start today with almost no money.
Open an online secondhand shop
I’d say open an eBay shop but that’s not the only option anymore. There are an unlimited number of ways to open an online shop with no to low overhead.
7 Books to get your Money Mind right
Why does everyone feel good saying “it’s not about the money”? Of course, we don’t want to be money hungry, and in the days of the “passion-preneur”, most of us just want to do what makes our souls feel good. But money is the tool we use to build in this society, and saying it’s not important is like saying a hammer and nails aren’t important when building a house. Money is a tool, and if you want to be an effective builder, you’d better be okay with getting your tools in line.
A pitfall that we face in our community is lacking the knowledge to acquire and sustain money. The main principles most of us learned about money in our upbringing was that it doesn’t grow on trees and that we need to work hard if want to get even little bit of it.
We look around and see others getting it easier, keeping it longer and passing it on to their children. To put it simply, they’re being taught lessons that we’re not. Not because they’re any better or their parents/teachers are any better, but because our parents and teachers just don’t know.
Most people want to be successful. We want to have the nice house and cars or maybe just the comfort and freedom that we think comes with success.
It all looks good from the outside.
Somehow, the people that work the hardest for their success make it look easy. Which makes those reaching for success think it actually is easy.
The part of success most people really don’t want is the part that requires discipline. The part that has to wake up early, stay up late, and be impeccable with your word.
Anyone successful person will tell you, that’s the part of success that sustains them. It’s also the hardest part to master. Discipline will keep the success you work so hard to get.
One of the easiest ways I’ve found to be more disciplined is to have a morning ritual. An early morning ritual.
It seems like a crazy question right? No one fails on purpose. We’d think that everyone who’s on this path really wants to succeed “as bad as they want to breathe” (shoutout to ET). Who would waste their time going through all the stress of becoming an entrepreneur to intentionally fail at it?
You’d be surprised. Some of the failure habits we have are unconscious. Things that we do, habits that we hold on to that no longer serve us and actually serve to keep us from reaching our goals.
I read a book recently, (I’ll find the name and get back to you, lol) it talked about the “will to fail”. It’s the exact opposite of the “will to succeed”. Much like successful people have the uncanny, often relentless, will to accomplish what they set out to do; those who we see fail most consistently – even if they seem to be trying to succeed – actually are willing themselves to fail.
So how do you know if you’re participating in self sabotage?