Working a Job Vs. Being a Full Time Entrepreneur. You've been at your job for over 7 years. It has benefits, an option for growth (if you want to bust your hump and really work for it), and security. It's faithful and reliable. There are no surprises in your paycheck, unless you count your yearly Christmas bonus as an unexpected to-do... then surprise!! It's safe and you know exactly what to expect. So what, it's not exactly what you'd hope to be doing when you graduated from college. So what, it would make the 7 year old version of yourself cry at the thought of being bored and unsatisfied at a job you considered awful in your youth. Tell your inner dreamer to pipe down, because, after all, paid vacation and sick leave (a few weeks out of the year) are definitely worth your freedom and creativity. Your job is like a spouse. It cares for you and you care for it. It's reliable, it's traditional, and acceptable by all.
Owning a business, while working at a Job, is like having an affair with someone who is NOTHING like your spouse. Your side piece is new territory, but something you've always loved. It's wild and needs a lot of attention, and you like that, because you truly want to spend it all on them anyway. You want to pursue and achieve great things and its outcome is more rewarding than anything you could ever create or have with a basic 9-5. The unpredictability is unnerving, but when it pays off, you feel like ROYALTY. A king or queen who has everything they've always wanted. Your side piece has all of the potential to mix what you love to do with the stability of a job, as long as you continue to give it your all.
But, what happens when the two collide? You're constantly thinking about your side piece at your main job, wondering how you could be advancing your business instead of wasting time with Old Faithful. How you could be off living your dreams. Missing and longing to give it everything you have. At the same time, you cannot fathom a life without your current job. It's been faithful to you thus far. Sure, there have been a few office mishaps, misunderstandings, and a bit of undervaluing, but it's what you know.
You can keep them both, but you're living a double life. How do you go from CEO to customer service rep in one swoop? It's a mindset switch. To know you're top dog in one arena and disposable in another will leave you spiteful and confused about your worth. Another downfall of keeping both: neither will live up to its true potential. On one hand, you could be boss of the office one day. On the other hand you could be building a new brand and entity. The two can coexist, but it will be mediocre at best.
I've seen a couple of women pack up their desks, leave notice with their bosses, and commit to what they honestly and truly love. At the same time, I'm not knocking those who have a dream job of assisting with building a preexisting empire. Being an Entrepreneur can be difficult and stressful, and let's be honest, not everyone is "ABOUT THAT LIFE".
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