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51 Questions to Ask to Find Out: Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? 51 Questions to Ask to Find Out: Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? Document Transcript

  •   IS  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  RIGHT     FOR  YOU?   A  51-­‐Question  Guide  to  Find  the  Right  Answer                             by       Farnoosh  Brock   Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  • Do  you  think  like  an  entrepreneur?     Would  the  lifestyle  and  the  mindset  of  an  entrepreneur  serve  as  the  right     path  for  you?     Are  you  meant  for  entrepreneurship  and  perhaps  not  even  aware  of  it?     I  admit  being  an  entrepreneur  is  not  the  right  course  for  everyone.       In  fact,  being  an  entrepreneur  may  not  be  the  right  choice  for  you  at  one  phase   of  your  life  but  the  ideal  choice  at  another  phase.  Because  not  only  are  people   vastly  different  and  thus  view  their  work  life  differently,  you  as  an  individual   change  and  evolve  over  the  course  of  your  career  years.       Yet,  how  many  people  go  through  an  exercise  of  finding  out  for  certain  whether   it  is  the  right  course  for  them?     I  know  that  I  fell  into  it  somewhere  at  the  edge  of  my  patience  with  my  corporate   career,  in  the  depth  of  my  self-­‐discovery  and  at  the  height  of  my  misery.  Funny   how  bad  things  lead  to  good  stuff  in  life,  right?       Now  let’s  find  out  if  entrepreneurship  is  right  for,  now  or  someday  in  your   brilliant  future.  Shall  we?   From  Corporate  to  Entrepreneurship     During  the  time  that  I  was  a  devoted  corporate  employee,  I  could  never  see   myself  as  a  thriving  entrepreneur.  The  prospect  did  not  interest  me  at  all.  The   early  years  of  my  corporate  life  plus  my  18-­‐month  experience  with  a  start-­‐up   were  all  about  rising  on  the  corporate  ladder  and  the  idea  of  not  working  for  a   large  Fortune  500  company  and  belonging  to  a  large  entity  scared  me  to  pieces.     It  was  not  until  the  latter  years  where  I  began  to  feel  this  yearning  for  meaningful   work.  I  had  so  much  accumulated  unhappiness  and  misery  in  the  corporate   environment  that  I  woke  up  one  day  only  to  realize  that  I  was  an  absolute  misfit   for  the  corporate  life  in  every  sense  of  the  word.  Whatever  it  is  I  was  meant  to   do  was  not  to  be  found  in  the  corporate  landscape.  And  no  one  is  more  shocked   about  this  discovery  than  yours  truly,  trust  me.     Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  •   Suddenly,  almost  overnight,  my  entire  perspective  changed.  Years  of  stigma   broke  down  as  quickly  as  a  deck  of  cards  on  loose  footing.  The  idea  of  creating   and  building  a  business  with  my  own  two  hands  from  scratch  appealed  to  me  like   a  newly  discovered  taste  that  had  been  missing  from  the  nourishment  of  my  soul.       Entrepreneurship  fit  me  like  a  new  skin,  a  better  one  than  any  I  had  known.  It   embraced  me  in  all  its  elements,  from  the  grueling  hours  to  in  the  incredible   liberation,  from  the  discipline  and  difficulties  of  doing  things  on  my  own  to  the   delight  of  earning  money  precisely  the  way  I  chose  to  do.  I  loved  this  brave  new   world,  despite  all  the  gloom  and  doom  the  world  will  have  you  believe  about  the   general  state  of  economy.         My  daily  experience  continues  to  affirm  my  foresight  every  single  day  and  I  know   that  I  have  finally  arrived  home  in  my  work  life.  I  was  meant  to  work  for  myself   through  and  through.     What  about  you?       How  would  entrepreneurship  fit  your  beliefs  and  your  lifestyle?     Work  was  meant  to  be  so  much  more  than  it  is  today.  Cultures  and  lifestyles   have  slowly  diminished  the  idea  of  work  to  a  singular  means  of  a  survival,  a   meaningless  miserable  rat  race  in  which  we  are  lucky  to  partake  if  we  have  a  “job   in  this  economy.”     But  work  is  not  just  something  you  do  to  earn  a  paycheck.  Work  can  define  your   contributions  to  the  world.  Work  can  be  your  legacy  if  you  put  your  gifts  and   talents  into  it.  Work  can  be  a  direct  expression  of  your  passions  and  that  is  for   more  than  just  the  artist,  the  painter  or  the  musician.  It  is  for  anyone!       Work  can  be  meaningful  and  profitable  if  you  choose  to  believe  so.  My  paradigm   shift  started  precisely  when  I  chose  to  believe  so.  When  will  you  allow  yours  to   start?     The  first  and  most  important  thing  is  to  truly  understand  the  meaning  of  work   and  the  mindset  of  an  entrepreneur.  The  next  thing  is  to  decide  whether  you   share  in  the  ideals,  the  perspectives,  and  the  general  approach  to  work  and  to   life.     Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  •   This  can  be  slightly  ironic.  You  see,  entrepreneurship  is  an  expression  of  a   creative  and  expressive  mind  that  uses  its  ideas  –  from  mediocre  to  dumb,   anywhere  in  the  scale  -­‐  to  build  a  business  or  an  enterprise.  So  what  you  need  to   embrace  in  order  to  thrive  as  an  entrepreneur  is  that  freedom.  It  is  ironic   because  freedom  means  you  can  do  as  you  please  and  who  among  us  doesn’t   want  to  embrace  freedom?       Well,  that  is  exactly  where  our  resistance  comes  in  when  it  comes  to  our  work  in   this  life.  We  resist  doing  that  to  which  we  are  called.  We  ignore  the  inner  voice   and  give  it  a  stern  talking-­‐to.  We  wall  ourselves  into  a  corner  with  massive   excuses  and  grand  reasons  why  we  cannot  do  what  we  love.       Until  one  day,  we  wake  up  and  suddenly  find  ourselves  empty  and  yearning  still   to,  you  guessed  it,  do  something  we  love.  We  don’t  care  anymore  if  it  makes   money  or  if  it  can  be  profitable  or  any  of  that.  We  simply  want  some  happiness   that  we  know  we  can  get  from  doing  something  we  love.       That  point,  darling,  can  be  a  bit  too  late  in  game  for  careful  planning  and  smart   execution  if  you  are  not  careful.  Do  not  wait  until  your  patience  has  run  out   along  with  the  best  years  of  your  life.  Let  us  find  out  now  whether  you  are  meant   to  take  this  road  to  entrepreneurship,  come  what  may!     Even  if  you  have  never  wondered  how  you  would  fare  as  an  entrepreneur,  I   believe  that  knowing  more  about  the  empowering  idea  of  working  on  your  own   terms  is  worth  exploring.  If  for  nothing  else,  you  can  rule  it  out  as  a  possible   option  in  your  career  and  work  life  next  time  you  are  ready  for  a  change.     But  can  you  really  know  your  true  reaction  to  working  for  yourself  before  actually   do  it?     Well,  you  won’t  know  for  a  fact,  but  you  can  come  pretty  close  to  a  highly   educated  guess.     That  is  where  this  51-­‐question  guide  comes  in.  It  can  help  you  get  into  the   mindset  of  an  entrepreneur  world.  You  need  to  decide  if  that  plays  to  your   strengths  and  ideals  about  work  and  career  and  not  to  your  weaknesses  and  that   is  what  we  are  going  to  find  out  together!     Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  • Definition  of  Entrepreneurship     You  can  never  be  too  careful  with  definitions.       It  is  not  unusual  for  the  same  word  in  our  language  to  mean  different  things  to   different  people.  We  tend  to  draw  our  meaning  for  words  from  our  unique   experience  and  exposure  to  them.  Sometimes,  the  standard  and  true  definition   even  gets  lost  along  the  way!     I  digress  a  bit  but  that  is  why  I  decided  that  it  would  be  wise  to  define  the  main   word  in  question:  Entrepreneurship.       Entrepreneurship:  the  act  of  someone  organizing  a  business  venture  and   assumes  the  risk  for  it.     ~Google’s  first  search  result     Entrepreneurship  is  the  act  of  being  an  entrepreneur,  which  can  be  defined  as   one  who  undertakes  innovations,  finance  and  business  acumen  in  an  effort  to   transform  innovations  into  economic  goods.  ~Wikipedia     Those  are  good,  albeit  dry,  definitions.  Now  let  me  share  with  you  my  definition.     Entrepreneurship  is  much  like  having  children.       First  of  all,  it  is  not  for  everyone.       It  is  either  the  right  or  wrong  step  for  you  and  yet,  it  is  immensely  difficult  to   admit  the  latter  to  yourself  or  to  anyone  in  your  world  once  you’ve  taken  the   plunge  in  either  category.       I  mean,  you  don’t  just  admit  children  are  not  right  for  you.  You  would  make   yourself  come  up  with  elaborate  explanations  as  to  why  it  is  a  challenge  but  still   a  blessing  or  something  like  that.  And  if  it  is  right  for  you,  if  it  is  what  you  are   meant  to  do,  well  then,  you  have  the  incredible  experience  of  once-­‐in-­‐a-­‐lifetime   opportunity  of  being  a  parent.  And  the  same  goes  for  entrepreneurship.     You  see,  much  like  having  children,  you  fall  in  love  instantly,  completely  and   irreversibly  with  working  for  yourself  and  creating  your  own  business.  Love  takes   Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  • but  an  instant  to  overwhelm  you  when  entrepreneurship  is  the  right  thing  for   you.       But  with  children,  you  may  argue,  there  is  the  physical  and  biological  bond.  Well,   not  always.  Take  a  look  at  adopted  children;  their  parents  love  them  instantly,   deeply  and  truly  despite  the  lack  of  those  bonds.  And  so  will  you  love  your   business,  your  company,  and  your  enterprise  or  for  all  intents  and  purposes:  your   baby!     Just  like  with  children,  entrepreneurship  marks  a  point  of  no  return  in  your  life.   There  is  no  return  policy  on  those  little  darlings  once  they  arrive  and  similarly,   there  is  no  going  back  to  working  for  someone  else  once  you  have  broken  the   ties.       I  mean,  well,  of  course  you  could  technically  get  a  job  at  another  place;  however   if  you  were  made  for  entrepreneurship  like  me,  the  mere  thought  of  returning  to   the  workplace  would  not  be  without  excruciating  pain,  heavy  sacrifices  and   heaps  of  inner  conflict.  It  will  end  your  fulfillment  and  freedom  as  you  have  come   to  know  and  love  it.     Once  the  bird  is  set  free,  it  can  never  go  back  to  even  a  golden  cage,  whatever   the  extravagance  and  opulence  may  be.     Furthermore,  entrepreneurship  is  hard,  hard  work,  most  of  which  goes  very   unnoticed  in  the  eyes  of  the  world.  It  can  cost  a  fortune  to  grow  and  it  can  cause   you  heartbreak  and  disappointment  despite  your  best  efforts.       Being  an  entrepreneur  can  and  does  keep  you  up  at  night  and  yet  you  smile  at   the  whole  world  in  the  morning  every  time.  It  fills  you  with  a  sense  of  irrational   pride  and  extreme  accomplishment,  and  few  who  are  outside  the  realm  of  it  can   relate  to  you  and  your  world  anymore  –  sorry,  just  one  of  the  facts  -­‐  but  the  good   news  is  that  you  start  to  care  very  little  about  that.  You  know  you  are  doing   something  special  and  worthwhile,  just  as  you  do  with  being  a  parent.  You  have   inner  peace  and  that  is  the  greatest  gift  any  work  can  bring  you.     Yet,  it  can  be  frustrating  and  thankless,  brutal  and  challenging,  and  the  return  on   the  investment  may  not  show  up  for  a  while.  Or  ever.     Still,  you  put  your  heart  and  soul  into  it  and  do  not  question  your  choice  for  a   second.   Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  •   Tell  me,  which  part  of  that  is  not  similar  to  the  experience  of  having  children?     51  Questions  to  Test  If  You  Think  As  An  Entrepreneur     Please  read  these  questions  slowly  and  aloud.  Let  yourself  digest  them  for  a  few   minutes.  Imagine  the  scenarios  and  the  circumstances.  Picture  how  you  would   feel  and  react  to  each.  Then  reply  with  your  answer.     Remember  what  is  important  to  you  and  what  values  you  hold  near  and  dear  to   yourself  and  ask  yourself  whether  the  question  weakens  or  strengthens  that   position.     These  questions  are  in  the  format  of  True/False  where  True  is  a  plus  mark  for   Entrepreneurship  and  False  is  a  minus  mark  for  it.  Also,  a  minus  on  the   entrepreneur  side  does  not  necessarily  translate  to  a  plus  for  a  corporate  job.       Print  the  test  and  mark  your  answers  carefully.  Take  your  time  and  if  you  are  not   sure  how  to  answer  a  particular  question,  just  come  back  to  it.     Last  but  not  least,  be  honest  with  yourself,  go  with  your  first  instinct  as  it’s   usually  the  right  one  and  the  rest  will  take  care  of  itself.  Good  luck!                     The  Questionnaire:     1.  The  idea  of  working  for  yourself  exhilarates  you.       Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  • 2.  The  notion  of  belonging  to  a  large  organization,  such  as  a  corporate  structure,   does  not  excite  you.       3.  You  want  to  call  the  shots  and  do  things  your  way  because  you  get  extremely   motivated  by  pursuing  and  implementing  your  own  ideas.     4.  You  prefer  flexibility  and  freedom  in  your  work-­‐life  schedule  to  a  company-­‐ mandated  structure.       5.  You  are  a  creative  person  and  want  to  do  meaningful  work  with  your  time.     6.  You  want  to  have  the  power  to  choose  the  smartest  and  most  efficient   systems  and  tools  to  get  your  work  done.       7.  You  get  extremely  bored  and  frustrated  at  meetings  at  work  because  you  feel   it  accomplishes  nothing.     8.  You  want  your  opinions  to  matter  without  having  to  run  them  through  the   filters  of  a  team,  a  management  or  an  organization.     9.  You  would  trade  in  an  easy  boring  job  with  the  challenging,  arduous  pursuit  of   your  passions  any  day  of  the  week  because  you  cannot  tolerate  doing  mindless,   dull  tasks.     10.  You  understand  the  extreme  work  and  labor  involved  in  creating  your  own   business  and  you  are  absolutely  willing  to  do  it.       11.  You  resent  having  a  boss  and  mean  no  offense  to  the  nice  bosses  out  there   but  you  do  not  believe  you  were  meant  to  report  to  anyone  but  yourself.     12.  You  want  to  selectively  choose  your  own  business  partners  rather  than  being   randomly  thrown  into  a  team  for  the  next  project.     13.  You  feel  comfortable  with  uncertainty  and  believe  that  working  for  corporate   gives  you  only  an  illusion  of  security.     14.  You  cannot  stand  the  politics,  hypocrisy  and  gossip  at  the  work  place  and   partaking  in  it  brings  down  your  spirits.     Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  • 15.  You  are  self-­‐driven  and  do  not  need  to  be  told  what  to  do.     16.  Starting  over  and  failing  often  do  not  matter  and  you  won't  mind  if  your  first   100  ideas  fail.  You  will  keep  trying  as  you  set  yourself  up  for  eventual  success.     17.  You  yearn  to  say  "I  run  my  own  business"  rather  than  "I  work  for  XYZ   Company.”     18.  You  don't  need  validation  from  a  corporation  or  an  entity  to  believe  in  your   own  self-­‐worth,  talents  and  skills.     19.  You  will  have  no  inner  conflict  about  marketing  and  promoting  your  brand   and  business.     20.  Even  the  greatest  boss  cannot  give  you  the  fulfillment  that  is  on  par  with   working  for  yourself.     21.  You  feel  extremely  limited  in  achieving  financial  freedom  at  corporate   because  you  know  that  working  for  yourself  opens  you  up  to  new  and  bold   opportunities.  You  want  those  opportunities.     22.  You  don't  mind  being  terrified.  You  believe  that  taking  risks  is  the  only  way  to   find  out  your  true  potential.     23.  The  idea  of  building  a  business  to  call  your  own  gnaws  at  you  daily  and  you   need  to  feed  this  hunger  someday.  Now  would  be  a  good  time  too.     24.  You  find  it  extremely  difficult  to  work  for  a  place  where  your  core  values  do   not  align  to  the  company  mission  and  behavior.     25.  Every  hour  of  the  day  matters  to  you,  and  you  do  actually  mind  a  great  deal  if   your  time  is  wasted  on  mundane  rubbish.     26.  No  matter  how  much  you  advance  and  make  in  pay  at  a  corporation,  you   remain  unfulfilled  because  you  can't  get  passionate  about  it.     27.  You  feel  a  sense  of  urgency  and  do  not  want  to  wait  around  for  that  perfect   “someday”  before  you  pursue  your  dreams.     Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  • 28.  You  will  be  unstoppable  until  you  find  your  passions  into  profit  and  you   believe  that  it  is  possible  to  do  that  today  more  than  ever  before.     29.  You  draw  inspiration  and  motivation  from  the  idea  of  making  a  difference   and  building  a  business.     30.  You  do  not  believe  that  you  should  be  tied  to  your  particular  field  of  study  or   education  if  your  new  passions  point  elsewhere  today.     31.  Creating  your  own  schedule  and  making  your  own  decisions  empowers  you.     32.  You  cannot  stand  working  with  mediocre  minds.  It  weighs  you  down  and   makes  you  tired  and  grumpy  and  that’s  not  you.     33.  Having  a  job  to  pay  the  bills  has  never  and  will  never  be  enough.  You  want  to   make  a  difference  in  the  world  and  until  you  do,  you  will  not  be  fulfilled.     34.  You  enjoy  the  discovery  process  and  are  open  to  new  ideas  and  thinking   outside  of  the  box  or  crushing  the  box  altogether.     35.  You  know  that  you  won't  regret  leaving  the  corporate  world  but  even  more   importantly,  you  know  that  you  will  regret  it  if  you  stay.     36.  You  yearn  to  create  your  own  products  and  services  and  offerings  for  the   world  because  you  fiercely  believe  in  their  value.     37.  You  believe  that  there  has  never,  ever,  been  a  better  time  to  pursue   entrepreneurship  with  the  technology  and  tools  at  our  disposal  today.     38.  You  don’t  really  care  what  the  economy  or  the  government  is  doing.  You   know  that  your  future  is  in  your  own  hands.       39.  You  believe  you  make  your  own  luck  and  that  no  one  owes  you  anything  but   you  owe  it  to  yourself  to  fulfill  your  potential.     40.  You  realize  that  some  of  your  colleagues  or  corporate  peeps  or  even  friends   may  not  relate  or  support  you  if  you  pursue  this  path  and  you  are  at  peace  with   that.     Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  • 41.  You  would  rather  bust  your  chops  day  and  night  to  find  a  way  to  bring  in   large  streams  of  income  than  ever  again  beg  for  a  raise  or  have  to  prove  your   self-­‐worth  to  a  boss.     42.  You  are  wiling  to  make  lifestyle  changes,  social  life  changes  and  financial   changes  in  order  to  create  the  business  of  your  dreams.     43.  You  want  to  learn,  push  yourself  beyond  your  limits  and  educate  yourself   constantly  rather  than  do  a  job  at  which  you  excel  day  in  and  day  out.       44.  You  embrace  the  essence  of  a  capitalist  market  and  believe  that  the  only  way   to  massive  wealth  and  success  is  from  entrepreneurial  pursuits.     45.  You  don’t  want  to  have  another  dreaded  Monday  in  your  life  and  you  are   tired  of  living  just  for  the  weekend.     46.  You  believe  that  with  the  world  being  so  small,  thanks  to  advancements  in   technology,  there  are  no  geographical  boundaries  to  the  reach  of  your  own   business.     47.  The  idea  of  never  again  asking  for  “time-­‐off”  or  a  “sick  day”  is  liberating  to   you.     48.  You  believe  that  working  for  yourself  is  an  exercise  in  self-­‐growth  and  self-­‐ improvement.       49.  You  love  the  idea  of  never  again  having  to  pretend  to  be  someone  else  to  fit   into  a  company  sub-­‐culture  not  suited  to  your  true  self.     50.  You  long  to  set  up  a  business  that  gives  you  complete  mobility  because  you   want  to  travel  and  work  from  anywhere  anytime.     51.  The  opinions  and  criticism  of  others  does  not  shake  the  pillars  of  your  self-­‐ confidence.  You  know  you  were  meant  for  greatness  and  you  realize  it  takes   fortitude  and  courage  to  go  against  the  tide.  You  are  at  complete  peace  with  that.     What  to  Make  of  Your  Answers:     Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  • Now  that  you  have  taken  the  questionnaire,  what  do  you  do  with  the   information  you  have  gained?     First,  I  want  you  to  answer  that  yourself.  How  did  it  feel  to  go  through  those   questions?  Did  you  come  to  any  realization  on  your  own  about  whether  the   pursuit  of  your  own  business  ideas  is  more  or  less  important  than  before?       Think  about  how  the  questions  made  you  feel  and  whether  you  could  see   yourself  as  an  entrepreneur  someday  in  your  own  glorious  future?     Remember  the  right  answer  is  the  one  in  your  heart.  No  one  can  tell  you  whether   working  for  yourself  is  right  or  wrong.  Only  you  know  the  right  path  for  you.  The   goal  of  these  questions  was  to  help  you  bring  that  to  the  surface,  rather  than   persuade  you  one  way  or  another.       We  each  come  to  express  our  greatness  in  our  own  way.  Remain  true  to  that.     Now,  I  do  have  a  quick  analysis  for  your  responses.     1.  If  you  answered  a  resounding  True  in  40  to  51  of  these  questions:     Then,  you  would  be  a  perfect  fit  for  the  world  of  entrepreneurship  and  self-­‐ employment.  Your  mind  works  like  an  entrepreneur  and  you  would  find  the  work   so  fulfilling  that  the  grueling  hours  would  not  bother  you.  They  will  fuel  and   energize  you  because  the  rewards  align  to  your  true  values.       In  short,  this  would  be  most  likely  a  path  that  would  be  fulfilling  and  give  you  a   channel  to  build  your  ideas  and  turn  your  passions  into  a  profit.     2.  If  you  answered  True  to  20-­‐39  of  these  questions:       Then,  you  have  an  interest  in  working  for  yourself  someday  even  if  it  is  just  a   healthy  curiosity.  You  can  appreciate  the  benefits  of  entrepreneurship  as   opposed  to  employment  at  a  traditional  job  and  you  may  even  be  ready  to   pursue  it  someday.       However,  there  are  probably  still  a  few  things  that  hold  you  back.  Some  of  it  may   be  related  to  your  personality  and  some  to  your  work  habits  –  you  have  adhered   Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  • to  a  certain  way  of  working  all  your  life  and  the  idea  of  this  radical  shift  gives  you   a  few  healthy  jitters.  You  are  still  on  the  fence  and  need  to  explore  and  research   whether  building  your  business  makes  sense  for  you.  If  you  are  not  emotionally   and  psychologically  committed  to  working  for  yourself,  your  business  will  suffer.       Mindset  is  everything  and  it  is  the  reason  the  average  person  can  excel  the   brilliant  person  in  business,  because  of  that  mindset  of  refusing  defeat  and   pushing  past  all  points  of  discomfort  and  initial  bouts  of  failure.  Until  you  can   embrace  this  mindset,  you  will  most  likely  be  entertaining  the  idea  of   entrepreneurship  in  your  mind.  Perhaps  someday,  it  will  be  the  right  thing  to  do.   Just  listen  to  yourself  and  keep  tabs  on  the  flow  of  those  great  ideas.  You  never   know  what  you  may  be  ready  to  do  someday!     3.  If  you  answered  True  to  1-­‐19  of  these  questions:       If  you  were  shaking  your  head  False  rather  than  True  most  of  the  time,  and  came   up  with  a  handful  of  occasions  where  you  could  relate  to  the  statements,  then   the  mindset  and  approach  of  an  entrepreneur  to  work  may  not  be  a  good  fit  for   you  at  this  time  until  you  do  some  due  diligence  and  explore  your  true  goals  in   business  and  in  life.       A  lot  of  these  questions  are  feelings  that  start  to  develop  after  working  for   someone  else  for  a  very  long  time.  Some  people  are  perfectly  happy  and  they   can  do  great  work  while  belonging  to  a  corporation,  an  organization  or  another   large  entity.  I  certainly  enjoyed  my  own  period  where  I  felt  that  I  could  belong   and  do  very  good  work.  If  you  feel  that  way  about  your  work,  then  working  for   yourself  will  likely  not  set  you  up  for  success  as  you  would  be  missing  many   benefits  that  employment  provides.       It  is  really  important  to  carefully  examine  what  you  want  to  get  out  of  your  work   life  even  if  self-­‐employment  does  not  bode  well  for  you.  This  is  an  exercise  in   self-­‐discovery.  What  is  it  that  you  love  to  do  and  how  can  you  do  that  and  still   make  a  profit  at  it?  Perhaps  working  in  the  right  company  or  organization  or   small  entity  will  be  the  answer  for  you.  Keep  asking  questions  until  you  can  arrive   at  the  right  answer  for  you.     Summary  and  Next  Steps  in  Your  Career     Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©      
  • My  greatest  hope  is  that  this  guide  brought  you  some  awareness  and  clarity.   Sometimes,  the  ultimate  answer  may  still  not  be  as  clear  as  we  would  like  it  to  be,   but  we  have  more  information,  we  have  learned  something  about  ourselves  and   that  is  going  to  bring  us  to  the  right  answer  sooner  than  later.  And  I  sincerely   hope  that  I  have  gently  stirred  your  mind  with  deep  questions  and  a  desire  to   search  for  the  right  answer.       The  greatest  thing  you  can  do  is  allowing  yourself  to  be  in  a  position  where  you   can  thrive  and  reach  your  fullest  potential,  whether  that  is  entrepreneurship  or   any  other  type  of  business  and  work.       I  want  to  wish  you  tremendous  success.  Remember  that  working  with  a  career   and  business  coach  can  help  you  make  tremendous  leaps  in  these  areas  by   removing  resistance  and  blockage  and  helping  you  to  think  clearly  about  all  the   options  before  you.       "Let  yourself  be  silently  drawn  by  the  stronger  pull  of  what  you  really   love."  –  Rumi     Call  to  Action:  What  to  do  next  if  you  found  that  entrepreneurship  is   right  for  you?     If  you  feel  that  you  want  to  take  a  step  in  the  direction  of  your  dreams,  and  you   are  not  sure  how  to  go  about  doing  that,  if  you  need  a  direction  and  a  step-­‐by-­‐ step  plan  on  how  to  exit  the  wrong  job  and  think  and  work  like  a  self-­‐employed   super  star,  then  sign  up  to  get  my  FREE  video  training  here:     http://www.smartexitblueprint.com     Prolific  Living  Inc.  –  Copyright  2009-­‐2014  ©