Before I began UCLA Law School about a decade ago, I read a book called One L by Scott Turow.
In his journal, Turow listed all the reasons why you shouldn’t go to law school, and as I read it I agreed with everything he said. Honestly, it made me question my decision to become a lawyer.
I sometimes wonder what would be different today if I had heeded his warning. And now, years later, I still think about this book and I can’t help but think that I can give the same gift to someone else.
Of course, I knew it would not be about law school… I’d warn about BUSINESS.
So friend, here it is! If you are debating about whether or not entrepreneurship is for you, below are 3 reasons you should NOT start a business.
1. If you’re a perfectionist. I know this idea of perfection is fun to think about, but the cold hard truth is that perfectionists don’t succeed in business. They don’t put out projects they don’t think are perfect, which is a waste of time and stunts their growth simply because perfection does not exist. Entrepreneurs who try things out and test the market move quicker and therefore find greater success because they see their target market and take time to figure out exactly what they want.
2. If you are afraid of rejection or of other people’s opinions. I hate to break it to you boo, but 99% of people will not invest in your program, hire your services, or buy your product. If you know you are there to serve the 1%, then you’ll be fine. You cannot control the market or what your Aunt Susie says about your business; the only thing you can control is the opinion you have of yourself.
3. If you are not gritty. Angela Lee Duckworth said in her TedTalk, “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in day out… Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Successful business owners are not the richest, fastest, smartest, or prettiest. The only thing that makes them different is that they refuse to stay down after they were knocked off their feet. Do you think you can do that?
So if you are content with sharing things that are not “perfect…”
If you have the ability to not care what others think about you…
If you have the stamina to keep getting up when you’re knocked down…
Then welcome to the Club of Entrepreneurship, boo! We welcome you with open arms.
If you read this post or watched to the video below and you know you want to take action, now my question to you is: what is your action? What can you do TODAY that will propel your business forward tomorrow?
Whatever it is friend, please do that today. It is not enough to simply think about what you want… your dreams require action. And remember that I’m always here to cheer you on, every step of the way.