Hey everybody, my name is Myke Macapinlac, and I’m a Lifestyle Entrepreneur-in-training. Right now, I still work my 9-to-5 job but I’m taking bold moves to take control of my time, income and mobility. I’m still in the trenches with you but I’m climbing my way out. Starting your own business is not an easy task that’s why I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Jesse Krieger. I’m here to share with you a few tips on how to overcome your fear of becoming a Lifestyle Entrepreneur.
As you may have guessed, I’m not particularly enthusiastic about my job. I work as a Structural Designer for an Engineering company. The job pays really well but the novelty of money wears out pretty fast after your basic needs have been met. The job that I have is very linear which doesn’t really give me a lot of personal satisfaction. I also don’t like the idea of being told what to do. Not only that, I feel insecure about my finances knowing that one person is in control of it. I knew I had to do something now or else, I’m bound to have the same future as everybody else.
Knowing and understanding this reality, it took me a long time to act on the idea of starting a business. I felt overwhelmed and the fear of uncertainty held me back from getting started. If you’re experiencing the same thing, here are some ways that I’ve used personally to deal with it.
2 Tips On How To Overcome Your Fear Of Becoming A Lifestyle Entrepreneur
Learn Just What You Need
You can’t be scared of the unknown. Just like any skill set, you can learn how to be a lifestyle entrepreneur if you devote enough time doing it. Just pick a business plan that satisfies your values and put in the time learning just that one thing for the next 3 months. The more knowledge and understanding you develop, the less intimidated you become.
Spend time reading, learning and educating yourself with the skills necessary to succeed. While this is a crucial step for battling uncertainty, you also have to know when to stop. There’s a huge difference between effort and results, make sure you understand the difference between the two. Learn just enough to take action. Nothing more, nothing less.
Act Before You’re Ready
I hate to break it to you but you’re life isn’t going to change if you don’t do anything, plain and simple. The fastest way to absorb whatever you’ve learned is to apply it immediately. There’s no such thing as the perfect idea so act before you’re ready. Just like a baby learning how to walk, don’t expect to get it right your first try. Fail fast and fail forward.
What worked well for me is I worked on my business every day. It didn’t matter if it was only for 30 minutes or a few hours. Don’t worry so much about how much time you’re spending but how consistent you are. It was a struggle at first but in a relatively short amount of time, I wasn’t even thinking about it anymore. It became a habit. Doing small things everyday will add up to something great over a period of time. Taking consistent action is what’s going to make you a successful lifestyle entrepreneur in the end.
What do you think? What are ways that you’ve done to overcome your fear of becoming a Lifestyle Entrepreneur?