By DARSHANA SIVANANTHAM
If you’re tired of the mundane work routine, and you’re seeking for some thrill and adventure, then this is for you. You’re ready to take that leap of faith and let that dream job take off for you—working for yourself.
You’re done listening to everyone telling you why you shouldn’t do it and how you’ll fail, and you’re completely convinced that this is exactly what you need to do right now.
Congratulations! You’ve officially joined the defiant group of risk-takers and dream chasers of this millennia.
What should you expect when you decide to dive into the deep end of your career? What is it like on the other side of the fence? What should you be prepared for when shifting gears?
Here are five honest, practical pointers on what you can look forward to after taking that leap.
1. Time management is key
A well-known myth is that entrepreneurship comes with the luxury of time. Once we leave the comfort of full-time employment, working for yourself involves an incredible amount of self-discipline and time management skills.
Building a business from scratch requires meticulous planning, which includes getting the actual work done to working behind the scenes to ensure operations, marketing, and finances are running smoothly.
Just think about it—you’ll be doing the work of five people all rolled into one.
2. Failure is a friend
There will be days where you question your decision to start on your own. There will also be days where you make huge mistakes, i.e. ones that may cost you money, time and your reputation. You will think of giving it all up.
However, remember that failure only gives you an opportunity to rebuild with a fresh perspective. Treat failures as friends, and always learn from each failure.
3. Learning is a lifelong process
Learning never stops. Keeping an open mind, allowing yourself to unlearn and learn, and absorb everything around you, will give you the upper hand in entrepreneurship. You’ll be surprised at what you can learn, even from the people you least expect it from.
4. Leading like a boss takes work
Warren Bennis, author and widely recognised pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership studies, once said: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
If you’re a big achiever, then it’s highly likely that you’ll want your business to grow in leaps and bounds. At some point, you’ll find yourself leading a team of eager and enthusiastic individuals.
To ensure that you are able to keep them motivated and focused, building your own leadership skills will require some investment of time and effort.
5. A journey of self-discovery
Making any life-changing decision requires a lot of courage and determination. Rest assured that the journey you embark on after taking the leap will be exhilarating. Most of all, it will reveal incredible things about yourself in beautiful ways.
As someone who has made drastic changes in her career, I can safely say that the biggest risk of all is not taking that leap when you see it. Regret is a feeling we never want to have. If you feel it in your heart and soul, then go for it with all that you’ve got. Trust me, you’ll never look back!