Remember back when you were a kid?
If you had an idea, you tried it. If it didn’t work you tried something else until you exhausted all your ideas. Then you tried again the next day!
The reason I bring this up is I was thinking the other day about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
Remember the lemonade stands?
My lemonade story:
I remember typing up little business cards when I was about 12 and handing them out in the neighborhood to offer window washing service. My girlfriend Ann and I wanted to go to the State Fair.
By the way, typing up those little business cards meant using a kid’s typewriter. It had one ball in the center that had all the letters on it and you had to dial it to the right letter. One letter at a time! It took days to create enough cards to get started.
But we were bound and determined to earn enough money to go have a good time at the Fair. We worked for 2 months that summer washing a lot of windows. We finally had enough money earned to have a wonderful time at the Fair.
We had an idea, followed our plan, worked hard and then enjoyed our very first time of paying our own way in life!
As children we seem to have the ability to look at the world differently than when we are adults. Children are very creative and if left alone will come up with all kinds of wild ideas.
Then comes all the training to become an adult…
You must fit in!
You must stand still!
You must not speak out!
You must…etc (I could go on for a long time)
All of this training teaches us to be little robots that fit into the “normal” category and if by chance you don’t fit into the “plan” you are weird.
We were all taught to go to college, get a job and work for the next 40 years so you can retire and enjoy life. Well, life just passed you by!
After spending almost 30 years in the corporate world I finally got my “kid” back! I decided not to spend any more time making money for someone else and taking any more time away from my family.
I took an idea I had about working from home and tried it. I took a chance and left my job (a good paying job at that). Then I failed making my first business work. I tried to be just like everyone else online. That just does not work! There is only one me and I needed to celebrate that, just like any kid.
I started to promote me (‘cause there is only one!) and started to make connections with people. What fun! I am so glad I got my “kid” back and decided to be an entrepreneur!
Go get your “kid” back and follow your passions in life. Only you can make that decision. Only you can make the transformation to get your “kid” back.
Your Life = Your Choice. Period.
Please share your “kid” story in the comments!