This morning I was reading “Tribes” by Seth Godin and came across a paragraph that struck me because it has such profound meaning. It made me reflect on the importance of preparing or being ready for your next move in the game of life.
Over the years, as the coachee, one of the answers I gave for wanting to create a successful business online was to be able to take vacations with my family whenever I choose, without having to get permission from a boss. And I’ve been doing this since 2006 when I formed my first corporation and 2008 when I started my online business.
As a Strategy and Mindset business coach to entrepreneurs and small business owners 50 and Wiser, my clients often share the desire for freedom to take vacations when they want to as one of the reasons why they want to start a business, or have already started a business.
This short paragraph in Seth Godin’s book made me stop and think.
“ “Life’s too short” is repeated often enough to be a cliché, but this time it’s true. You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
It could be argued that when you plan a vacation, it’s not necessarily with the thought of escaping from your life. It’s to fulfill the desire to do something that may be a little different from what you’ve always done or currently do on a day-to-day basis.
At the same time, the quotation highlights the importance of evaluating what you’re creating in your own business. It allows you to reflect on whether you’re ready for the next move in the game of life.
Questions to Determine if You’re Ready for Your Next Move in the Game of Life
Do you have a passion for what you’re doing, or what you want to do, so that you enjoy doing it every day? Have you identified your WHY for becoming an entrepreneur? Is your WHY strong enough to allow you to meet challenges head on, or pick yourself up when you hit a brick wall and fall flat on your face?
If you’ve already started your own business, when was the last time you revisited your Business Plan to determine if you’re still on the path you initially plotted for yourself? It’s easy to get side-tracked, especially with the volume of shiny objects that are sent your way on a daily basis, through emails, social media, and news media.
If you’re in a corporate structure and you’ve decided that you want to start your own business and become an entrepreneur, what’s your motive? Your motive must be clearly identified and defined. Is it because you want to be more, give more, and do more with your gifts and talents, and impact more people on a deeper level? You must be clear about your motives and desires, because the life of an entrepreneur is not always an easy one. You may find that you will need to work much longer hours than you do in a structured corporate life. Are you prepared to do that?
If you are a Professional or one who works in corporate life (America or any place else), are you prepared for the financial insecurities which may initially be present while you build your business?
Is it Worth It?
In view of the foregoing, one may wonder if it’s worth it to become a 50 and Wiser/Boomer/Midlife entrepreneur or small business owner? It definitely has its rewards. Despite the challenges, making a difference in the lives of others and bringing about a transformation that changes their world, through your product or service, is well worth it!
If you are already an entrepreneur, or are thinking of becoming one, you may reflect on these words from Seth Godin, “…we have an obligation to change the rules, to raise the bar, to play a different game, and to play it better than anyone has any right to believe is possible.”
“We have an obligation to change the rules, to raise the bar, to play a different game, and to play it better than anyone has any right to believe is possible.”
Are you ready for your next move in the game of life? Are you ready to play it better than anyone else? You can create a life you do not want to ‘escape’ from. 🙂
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