1. Are you worth more than you are being paid?
Most successful entrepreneurs I talk with these days share stories about their sucky jobs they had at one point.
Not bad in the sense that they weren’t doing something they loved. But, in the sense that even if they liked what they were doing they weren’t getting paid enough to do it. At least in their eyes…
And that was all that mattered.
Sometimes they were getting paid a little; sometimes they were getting paid a lot. But, they always felt like they should be getting paid more and they knew they would never be able to get paid what they wanted…or were worth.
Packing cereal boxes may sound bad…but it was much, much WORSE!
One summer when I was still in college I worked for a temporary agency. I thought it would provide me some job variety over the summer months.
Well, I was right. It did provide a variety…of Hellish jobs.
However, this provided me with some interesting contrast in later years and I really learned something extremely valuable.
I always thought back when I was loading cereal boxes “If I can ever earn a good living doing something I kinda enjoy that would be awesome!”
So, years later when I became a salesman providing fitness products (which I enjoyed) I began to make really good money. But, the end result was the same…
I knew I wanted to continue to earn more and it simply wasn’t going to happen. I felt like I was worth more than the company could afford to pay me.
And this is the kind of story I hear all the time from other entrepreneurs.
Do you know if you ask for raises you will earn on average an additional $315K over your lifetime?
This sounds like a pretty important stat, doesn’t it? But, there is a catch…always a damn catch, huh?
What if you are asking for raises and your boss tells you that you have “capped-out”?
Suddenly you move from capped-out to crapped-out (see article title). Because you now realize that no one…NO ONE can pay you what you can potentially pay yourself.
So, what better way is there to get a raise than to go to yourself and ask for one?
And for many people that shakes them to their core.
Plus, do you ever hear yourself talking about your 2 or 3 weeks of vacation and how you are going to use them?
Reality is you aren’t getting your vacation doubled because you ask your boss nicely. So, you take your two weeks and become part of the ocean.
Social proof sure can be a bitch, can’t it?
All your friends seem happy or at least satisfied with what they’re doing. They accept working like a dog doing something they think is fine while receiving 3 weeks vacation for the year that they are expressly told they really shouldn’t take all of.
They just seem to take it and it leads some of us to question…
2. Who is the island and whom is the oceanic gooey-sludge?
For most entrepreneurs it’s the ones who don’t question the status quo. For most of us we are constantly questioning why our friends and colleagues don’t demand better.
But, shouldn’t we all strive to find happiness from within? Doesn’t that contradict the premise of wanting more than we currently have with job and income?
I don’t think so. I think these two are completely exclusive. We need to be happy and grateful at all times. Even when times are tough and it just doesn’t seem to be going our way.
However, we also OWE it to ourselves to not settle and to not be too satisfied regarding our personal standards. We owe it to ourselves to become the very best we can for not only ourselves but for everyone around us.
Because most people so need us right now…and they need us at our best. There are so many people that need help…OUR help.
Just because our friends and colleagues believe everything is “good enough” and we are clearly “unique” in our thinking doesn’t make it wrong.
Social proof is a good thing a lot of the time. But, remember where there’s social proof there is also the Law of Averages. So, by definition most of the people we’re around will want something that’s average.
Are the brown waters rising or is your island sinking?
Do you really have the ability to do more…way more than you are now?
Let me answer this question with a question: Are you currently doing the thing that you love doing more than anything else in the world?
Are you pursing your passions and strengths with your job right now or are you doing something that ‘pays the bills’ and allows you the income to go do what you really enjoy doing when you’re not working?
You know you always perform better and it is more enjoyable when it is something you love, right? Then why not do something you absolutely love?
If you know you LOVE IT and you know you are likely to do it MUCH BETTER than something you don’t really enjoy WHY DON’T YOU DO IT?
I talk with entrepreneurs all the time who describe their journeys to me before they were involved with following their passions in business.
And all the stories sound eerily similar…
One day they became dissatisfied with what they were doing because they knew they weren’t doing what they LOVED! They knew they were capable of doing some much more but didn’t know how to begin a business that was based completely around their love and strength.
They didn’t know how to create a business built around grilling or fitness or Harley Davidsons or (fill in the blank). Often they would make the mistake of comparing themselves to some expert and decide they could never do what they do.
But, they did know it was time to quit settling. It was time to stop living their lives by someone else’s standards or rules. It was time to do and become the very most they could while living a daily, passionate life doing what they loved!
So, you’re either ready to go after it or you’re not.
If I were you and you haven’t already decided I would sit down right now and write down every single reason you could make a business work. I would write down at least 10 reasons why you absolutely would not fail! Whether you are single, have a companion or a family I’d make these reasons as compelling and emotional as possible.
NOT something like “I have the education and the practical know-how to create a useful product that others would be able to benefit from using.”
NO. Something like “I love skiing so much and have such a passion to talk with others about it that I know if I put all of my energy, my excitement, my love and my labor into making this successful there is no way I would allow myself to fail. NO WAY!”
That’s a passion statement to get things started NOW.
So, I’m curious…can you tell me the single biggest reason that you know without a shadow of doubt you could make your business work?
Or, what do you think is the single, biggest reason you could not make it work right now? Is it timing, money, experience, resources…what?
Let me know in the comments below and I promise to respond to every, single one. I’m excited to hear from you!