If you are working a 9-5 job and not an entrepreneur there are certainly things you can do to make this job even more rewarding and exciting for yourself. If you are working a 9-5 job and are an entrepreneur, and looking to make the switch, you are going to have to set yourself up properly to make this transition. Remember not to make haste, this is very important to understand so you don't get yourself into a worse situation and wind up not having that steady source of income anymore and also not bringing in any money from your new endeavors.
One way of knowing if it is time to work on making the switch from 9-5 to entrepreneur is asking yourself the Miracle Question. The Miracle Question is one of the most awesome questions I have learned throughout my life and has helped me in so many ways I can't begin to express how grateful I am for having discovered it a couple of years ago. It has personally helped me in all 4 areas: Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness. I only wish I would of come across it sooner in life. I suggest asking yourself the Miracle Question as part of your routine, and also most importantly, knowing if and when is the right time to make the switch to being an entrepreneur.
Remember, it is important to do research, read books, have mentors and prepare yourself for the switch and take your time. However, don't fall into the trap of thinking you need to know every and all the things about the industry before you make the switch. A good rule of thumb is to get yourself at a minimum of 60-70% of everything in regards to: research, books and that particular industry as a whole, the pitfalls and upsides and what it is going to take to make enough monies to support your basic needs before you make the switch and start your business. You need mentors regardless and make sure, absolutely sure, you have a couple before you make the switch. Once you are at 60-70% it is then time to probably make the switch. The reason for this is because you need to know enough to make informed decisions and have the proper support system in place, but if you fall into the trap of thinking you need to know everything before you make the switch you will spend the rest of your life trying to know everything and never actually make the switch. At 60-70% you will have enough information. Basically, at some point you just have to do it but you need to know enough first.
One of my mentors asked me the question: In 1 sentence tell me what you are doing in your life? It is a good question, so ask yourself the same question.
How do you work everyday so it is a vacation for you? To answer this we need to figure out what our ideal work is but also what it is that we are going to truly excel in. It is like that thing we all go through when we are graduating high school and we start to wonder what we are going to do for work, what are we going to be.
Take out a piece of paper and draw 4 circles where all 4 circles connect to each other/intersect with each other in the center point... all 4 circles should meet in the middle together so that 1 2 3 & 4 are their own individual space but 1 2 3 & 4 also intersect with one another... basically so that in the middle point all 4 are part of one another.
Now work through these 4 questions. Each question is a circle and the answers for each question go into the appropriate circle.
- 1. What did you grow up around? Did you grow up around a farm, did you grow up around parents who were doctors, did you grow up around your mom helping the homeless out, did you grow up around your dad building cars on the side, etc. etc.
- 2. What is your strange feedback? What do people constantly tell you about yourself. Do people always tell you you have a great smile, or tell you you are a great listener, or tell you that you are really good at playing music, or tell you that you are great with people, or tell you that your relationship advice is the best. It is even more important if what people say about you comes from complete strangers. If you are always hearing from complete strangers that you should be a relationship counselor and you also hear this from friends, it is a good indicator that maybe there is something to this worth exploring.
- 3. What have you been doing for the past 10 years? Is your strange feedback different than what you have been doing, or is the strange feedback in fact what you have been doing. Maybe the past 10 years you find that you are always giving relationship advice to those around you and to strangers and it's something you like to do when you are not working as a waiter or in your retail job.
- 4. What can you talk about effortlessly? What do you find yourself being able to talk about for hours with other people. What thing comes very natural for you to take about in conversation. When you are talking with someone the conversation is fairly normal until they ask you about a relationship question and then it's like the flood gates open up and you are just a wealth of information, knowledge, advice, opinions and so on.
Take as much time with this as you need to complete and answer all 4 questions.
Number 2 note (Strange Feedback): Perhaps you have never really given much thought to what strangers tell you you would be good at so now you have to go out and start paying attention better when someone says this about you. If you have never paid attention to this it is very likely that it could be some time before you start to hear these things from other people. This is something that should happen naturally and without asking anyone anything about what they think of you. This is natural feedback that is not provoked by you at all, these are things people say about you of their own free will. That is why it is called Strange Feedback, it is strange because people tend to say this about you randomly and out of nowhere and it is always the same thing people are saying.
Once you have taken the time to answer these 4 things, see where all 4 intersect with each other. Notice any patterns you now see. What seems to be the theme throughout your life you notice by asking and answering these 4 questions? What seems to be the one common denominator over all 4? Do you notice that when you asked all 4 and answered all 4 it seems like all these strangers tell you you would be a good relationship expert and for the past 10 years you give lots of relationship advice to people and some even seek you out for this advice and you grew up around parents who where in this same type of field and you can talk effortlessly about it? If this is the case and the pattern you see, it is a very good sign you have found your true calling in life.
It is pretty cool and empowering to know what your true calling in life is. And once you have found and figured it out you can now get started working towards making the switch.
Remember, don't make haste! Make sure you set yourself up to thrive if you are going to make the switch. Depending on what you have found and learned, maybe you can look for a new job in the field of this true calling instead of staying in the current job you have. If you are working at a retail shop and have now learned you would be a great relationship counselor why not start looking around for any kind of companies in your area that do this and work on getting a job with them? This would be the ideal way to start making the transition for yourself into being self employed.
By doing everything you can to get hired at a place that does the thing you just discovered about yourself is going to be to your advantage in so many ways. For starters it will align your goals better and be a lot more rewarding for you, will probably make you super happy and will help alleviate any stress about feeling stuck and like you are not going anywhere in life. It will also, and importantly, act as free education into the industry and give you a wealth of knowledge while you are being paid for the knowledge. It is like the antithesis of college! Instead of paying lots and lots of money to go to college and learn about a topic, you can go to work and get paid to learn about that topic and all its inner workings. It is a complete win-win situation.
The cool thing about doing this kind of a work switch is not only are you working in the industry you want to one day be a part of with your own company and getting to learn all about it while you get paid, it is possible you may not have to start your own company. It is possible that maybe the owner of this new place you are working is looking to retire and needs someone to take it over, or maybe the place you find is such an amazing place with vast opportunities and freedom that you really don't have to open your own business. No matter how you look at it and it's outcomes, it is a really ideal way to start the transition into the Life You Want.
The other important thing is working for someone else is not a bad thing. It is only a bad thing if it is in a field that does not align with your true calling in life. Once you discover what your true calling in life is, or at least the one thing that you can do that comes natural and easy for you, it makes it easier to align yourself with this calling. Like I said above, why not get a job working for a company that does this thing you have discovered? Not only do you get all the things we have talked about but because it is their company it means you don't have the added expenses that come along with opening up your own company. And because of this, if it happens to be a really good company with all the things that will make you happy, you may not ever have to leave and open your own, you could have set yourself up for the Life You Want by doing so.