Today’s blog post is a guest post from Collin Stover. Collin is a serial entrepreneur, fellow video-game lover, and founder of the The 20 Something Entrepreneur, which is a blog and podcast dedicated to helping the young and the young at heart find more success in their businesses by learning from other young entrepreneurs who are still “in the trenches” figuring things out.
Starting and owning a business is, to put it simply, insane…
What kind of person do you need to be to drop everything – shy away from any real sense of stability – and go create something? I’ll tell you right now. You’d need to be a crazy person.
But for some reason, we do it. If you’re anything like me, you’ve had lots of doubts. Even the most whole-hearted entrepreneurs doubt themselves from time to time. Are we worthy? Can we really do this? Should we get a *gulp* real job? Wouldn’t things be easier if…
I get it. I’ve been there. I’m sure Erin has been there. We all have.
I’m here to tell you this is normal, and to give you the 3 tell-tale signs that you were meant to do this.
1. You Feel Uncomfortable…Like All The Time
Honestly, I hate this feeling. I struggle with it on an almost daily basis…this uncomfortability that comes from so many places as an entrepreneur.
Some days it’s because I feel like I haven’t done enough. Other times it’s because I’ve worked too much. Sometimes it’s because I’m not sure if I’m doing the right work. It’s an uncomfortable feeling – not knowing.
But here’s the thing…it’s totally normal.
If you aren’t feeling uncomfortable, that would mean that you aren’t breaking any new ground.
You see, it takes a certain type of (crazy) person to become an entrepreneur. It takes a visionary…someone who wants to set their sails and broaden their horizons. Someone who wants to birth into life their dreams.
And part of that means being uncomfortable and doing things you never thought you would do.
Want to know what’s comfortable? Working a job in a cubical, going to the same place every day, doing the same things, and getting expected promotions and minor raises. There’s nothing wrong with that, but that’s what we pretty much swore away when we became entrepreneurs.
2. You Know Slightly More About Something than the General Population…or Are Willing to Learn
What is the definition of an expert?
The definition of an expert is someone who knows just a little bit more than the general population they are trying to teach.
For example, if you are a long time cat lover, you are actually an expert to people who have never owned a cat before. You could teach them what to look out for and how to go through the process of adopting, etc. and actually get paid for it.
You don’t need to be an expert to Jackson Galaxy from the TV show My Cat from Hell in order to be considered an expert to non-cat-owners.
The chances are that you are in business because you have some kind of specialized knowledge or skill that others don’t have. For example, one of my primary businesses is as a Web Designer and Positioning Coach. I’m not the best designer in the world, but I designed so many Web sites for my own various businesses that people started asking me to do theirs for them.
In my previous business as a magician, I met so many event planners who got started planning weddings simply because they were the most organized of their friends. They planned their friends’ events and weddings, and through that experience and knowledge were able to turn it into a business.
My guess is that there are a lot of things you know and could teach or do for others who don’t have the same knowledge as you.
And if there is a business you would like to start but don’t have the knowledge for, there’s great news: many people have come before you and written books, created Websites, and developed products specifically designed to give you that knowledge! All you need is 6 months of reading one book a month to become an expert to most people in any subject.
3. You Don’t (Actually) Give Up
You’re going to want to. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think, “Jeez. Maybe I chose the wrong path.”
But I keep going. Something pushes me forward. Pride? My love of freedom and late nights playing video games without work the next day? Ego?
Whatever it is…I never actually give up on being an entrepreneur.
And my guess is that because you are on this Website, neither do you.
These are the only things you need to be considered “business ready.” There’s lots of awesome habits and skills you need…but this is the foundation.
You don’t need a ton of money, resources, or connections.
All you need is these 3 traits. If you’ve got these, you have chosen the right path.