While my wife was working on her university paper last night, I decided to take a long, hot shower to clear the stress of recent days. I needed time to think, to imagine myself in a few weeks’ time, in a few months… in a few years. While I am still looking to manage a bigger book (read a higher pay check 😉 ), I have also started the RRSP rush (yeah, people think it’s during February but I have already started my sprint for RRSP and TFSA contributions as of the 2nd week of January).
Today, I’ll be working from 8am to 8pm (add blogging and gym before and after work hours 😉 ). I can’t really complain because first; I have a job, second; the job pays well. I would be a fool to whine about hours worked while many people are looking for a job or, worse, thousands of Haitians are wondering in the streets looking for food, shelter and lost family members…
However, it doesn’t mean that I can’t think about myself and what I want to do. Therefore, I took a some time to think about my future and look at my different options.
I was raised in a family of entrepreneurs. My grandfather owned a company, 3 of my aunts run or had ran companies for years and my dad has been his own boss for the past 15 years. Me? I am one of those little rats stuck in the rat race deluxe. I certainly have a good sideline with my online company, but hey, I am still working for someone else for most of my waking hours!
Like a baby bird moving its wings in its nest, I am still wondering if I really know how to fly or if I was born to be a dodo. While I was lost in my thoughts, I got a flash about one of my friends who started on his own at the beginning of January. He decided to run websites and he actually made a lot of money this year. So my question today is:
While I have a few answers, I have more questions to ask than anything else…
To become an entrepreneur, you need a whole bunch of stuff that you usually read about in books; courage, tenacity, perseverance, the ability to work countless hours… But of all these qualities of the good entrepreneur, I think you need most a deep desire to work for yourself. A true feeling of freedom and independence. An entrepreneur, doesn’t mind if he won’t make money today, as long as he is working on his projects, as long as he sees it growing, he knows that he will make it in the end.
I think I have this feeling carved into my bones, I have always wanted to manage, decide, to do what I want, when I want (not in a lazy way though!). However, the problem, as is the case for many people in many situations in their life, is fear.
The worst part of being stuck in the rat race is that it is quite comfortable; everyone around you is in the same cage, you are fed, have shelter and are so deeply entrenched in the race that you keep running all day without wondering what your life would be if it wasn’t like that. The perception of someone who succeeds is the one who has a spouse, children, a house with a garage and the white picket fence! He relies on a good job with benefits and a decent pension plan. Once you have reached this level, you think that you are “made it”. But in fact, you are just entering the rat race… deluxe!
So sometimes, I open my mind and think about being a full time entrepreneur, about waking up in the morning and working for myself. Knowing that each effort put forth would be profitable… But then, I get hit by the train of reality that reminds me that I have a mortgage and a family that counts on me to bring home the bacon….
So my question to you is: When do you think you should start a business and quit your job? Is there a perfect time? How do you know you are ready?
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