5 Reasons I Decided To Become an Entrepreneur
I get a lot of questions about why on earth I, at 21 years old, would I want to get into business for myself. Why I, with almost no money to invest, would think that it’s even possible. Why do I think that I have what it takes to run a blog or a social media consulting business? Who do I think I am?
Okay, maybe the people who are asking me questions aren’t really quite as abrasive with their questions… they’re really more inquisitive than anything. But the voices in my head? They’re brutal. I ask myself every day what the hell I think I’m doing. But every time, I come right back to a few simple truths:
I believe in entrepreneurism. No it’s not for everyone. It’s rough and takes a lot of discipline. But for a lot of people, it’s totally attainable! They just don’t realize what it takes or how tangible it truly is. So I want to support them. I believe in them. I want them to know they’re not alone. Why SHOULDN’T my fellow millennials get into entrepreneurship? We are living in an era that is designed for the entrepreneur. (Thank you, Mr. Internet!) It’s a tricky business, but it is oh so worth it!
Someone believed in me, and that’s what gave me the guts to try. When I was working as a no name barista, my husband and my mentor both believed in me. They told me over and over again that I was destined for something more. My husband went so far as to say “Corina, I have realized my passion and purpose in life, is to provide for us financially, so that you can be successful. You have what it takes to be all of the things you dream of being. You just need someone to support you until you get it off the ground. That’s where I come in.” I swear we had this conversation more times than I can count or remember. But it was that simple truth that my husband was with and supporting me the whole way that inspired me. How could I let him down and waste my potential? I had to take this seriously and get to work. And then there was my mentor Cal. I worked with him in Florida as an apprentice to his and his lovely wife’s small business. They believed and invested in me with their company, and then when I made the hard decision to move, they were my biggest cheerleaders. Cal went to college for business and marketing, so when I began to consider this field, he was my natural choice for a mentor. So far he’s been the one sending me resources, inspirational podcasts, tips, and mostly he’s been my sounding board. So find you a friend or relative who believes in you 100%, and find a mentor who is going to push you and challenge you to be the best you can be. This duo is essential to success. You can do this alone, but it’s insanely hard and discouraging. So just do yourself a huge favor and find some cheerleaders.
I don’t have to worry about tomorrow. Yes, it’s smart to make a plan and try to have fallback plans. But plans get changed and ruined all the time. Something that I found myself doing over and over was telling myself, “This might not be a promising career. What if I devote years to this and then this market dies? What if I fail?” This was harmful and ridiculous thinking. Yes, maybe this will fail. Yes, maybe this won’t be my 40 year career. But I have to try. "I didn't fail 1000 times. The lightbulb was just an invention with 1000 steps." (Not sure if Thomas Edison really said that, but it's still a good quote.) Every path leads to another path. If this isn’t my forever career, something else will be. And maybe this path will lead to that career path. You never know until you try. So you just have to jump in.
I’m finally following my dream. For as long as I can remember I’ve written stories, songs, poems, journaled thoughts...and before I could write with properly spelled words, I wrote through simple doodles. Stories and poetry were a part of me I could never fully explain. When I was 13 I decided I would be an author of fiction. I started about 9 different young adult fiction novels and made it at least half way with some of them. But that died out after about 2 years. Tumblr became the next outlet for me. A place to creatively document my life and heart in a private but very public way. This is what inspired me to go into blogging. I was in love with it from that day on. I followed every blogger I could find. I was the only 16 year old I knew who followed mommy blogs about child-rearing, or homemade cleaning supplies, or homeschool tips and tricks. I ate it all up; it didn’t matter that the content was completely irrelevant to my life. Pinterest and Instagram came into the picture soon after, and this fed my desire to be a part of this crazy phenomenon. But how could I? I had no job, and therefore no money to pay for a website; to me, this was the only way to jump in. So I gave up. Life happened. I let myself get discouraged and believed that being a writer was a pipe dream that would never be successful. I let myself listen to the doubts and negativity in my mind, and quite frankly, I wasted a lot of time. Don’t do what I did. Don’t listen to the negativity; follow your dream and fight for it. It’s probably more possible than you think.
My time is my own. I think this is more of a perk than a reason as to why I’m pursuing entrepreneurism. But it’s valid and a huge blessing. For the past 5 years I’ve been working 2 or 3 jobs at one time. 60+ hours a week. On my feet, rushing here or there, with a feeling of emptiness and unrest. I’m finally in a financial place where my husband and I are floating comfortably above water; instead of treading it and bobbing under more times than not. So it’s the perfect time for me to step back, and rewrite my career plan. This type of job allows me the freedom to breathe, and find the creativity I used to have, before life took over. I have the time in my day to pause for an hour or two, meet a friend for coffee, and refuel. I can work a typical 9-5 schedule on most days, but then when my husband is off work on a random Thursday, I can take the day to spend with him - no need to check with a manager to make sure someone can cover my work responsibilities! I finally have the freedom to live a generous and loving life, because my schedule is up to me. It sounds like a dream right? I’m amazed to say this is a reality.
I’m only at the beginning of my journey, and there will be so many bumps along the way. But I’m excited, and hopeful. If you’re pursuing a career as an entrepreneur, I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment or contact me via my Contact Page. If you have any questions, or just need a friend to join forces with you, I'm your gal!