Seems like manifestos are all the rage these days, so it’s only fair that I write one of my own. However, unlike the divisive manifestos that seek to split or conquer people, mine seeks to rescue them and bring hope back to our amazing nation.
As anyone who knows me can attest, I’m an entrepreneurial junkie. I’ve been an entrepreneur my whole life, occupying varying levels of failure and success. Now I spend the majority of my time helping other people chase and achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.
Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. It takes a special kind of person…or you have to become that special kind of person.
- You need to be highly self-motivated.
- You need to be pretty smart, but that comes in a variety of forms.
- You need to embrace risk.
- You need to be satisfied with deferred gratification.
- You need to be able to tune out the naysayers and not let their pessimism affect your enthusiasm.
- You need to be comfortable investing your own money to get the ball rolling.
- You need to believe in what you’re doing enough to sell the heck out of it, even if you don’t like selling, per se.
- You need to be creative, adaptive and reflective.
- And you need to be ok asking for help and accepting it when it’s offered.
That’s a long list of prerequisites, and a lot of people can’t handle what’s required to be a successful entrepreneur. If you’re not cut out for it, that’s ok. The world needs hard-working employees just as much as it needs entrepreneurs.
Are You a “Should-be” Entrepreneur?
However, the workforce is full of employees who SHOULD-be entrepreneurs, but they’re not, for whatever reason. These should-be entrepreneurs have several things in common.
- They constantly see how to improve the world around them.
- They frequently make suggestions at work, but are met with frustrating “we’ve never done it that way before” roadblocks.
- They work harder than the average employee, but are often disappointed with the level of appreciation and respect they receive.
- They take initiative, only to have it met with resistance, or backfire with additional workload (and no additional pay).
- They go home most nights, disappointed and deflated, wondering why they give so much for so little in return.
If this describes you, then you SHOULD be an entrepreneur. So why aren’t you?!
Making the entrepreneurial transition.
Ok. Don’t beat yourself up about it. The hardest part of making the entrepreneurial transition is knowing what to do. The second hardest part is getting started. And the third hardest part is staying motivated through the up’s and down’s of starting a business. My purpose in life, my passion, is to help should-be entrepreneurs clear these three hurdles on their way to launching a successful business.
I’m obviously not the only one doing this. From Robert Kiyosaki and T. Harv Eker to countless people you’ve never heard of before, the entrepreneurial support field is full of players. That begs the question, “Why the heck are you doing something when the market is already saturated with competition?”
Why I’m Amercia’s #1 New Business Energizer…
Great question, and one I pose often to the entrepreneurs I coach. I have three answers to this question for myself.
First, I’m following my passion. Being an entrepreneur is an amazing, life-changing experience. If you do it right, your life will never be the same again. You’ll have more personal and financial freedom than you ever thought possible. Now, why wouldn’t I want to spend my time helping people achieve that kind of lifestyle?
The second reason I’ve chosen to compete in a competitive market is because I have a knack for explaining difficult to understand concepts in a way that’s accessible to almost anyone. A lot of the self-proclaimed gurus out there either don’t have any real business experience (other than from the one they’re selling you) or they don’t communicate in a way that’s understandable, making it nearly impossible to implement.
My information is based on real-world business experience gained from starting, running and selling a successful company. And I explain those concepts in a way that’s easy to understand and reproduce. If I didn’t use my talents to help people, I’d be doing everyone a big disservice!
And finally, I’m full of energy and excitement for entrepreneurs and startups! My energy and excitement are contagious…you can literally feel it when you’re around me, and you’ll take some of it home with you! At least that’s what people tell me, and that’s why I’m America’s #1 New Business Energizer!!!
Why small businesses are so important to America…
Did you know that small businesses, between 1 and 19 employees, have consistently been the largest net job creators over the past 20 years? Since the 1980’s, big corporations have been doing a lot of hiring freezes, downsizing and outsourcing. Even though they employ a large section of the workforce, we can’t continue to rely on them for job creation. The shift has already occurred. Entrepreneurs are the new job creators.
The official unemployment rate has been hovering between 7 and 9 percent; however, the Department of Labor estimates true unemployment to be in the 13 to 15 percent range. Politicians don’t like talking about that statistic because it casts a shadow on them and our economy. The long-term unemployed are getting increasingly discouraged about ever finding another job. But where they see despair, I see opportunity.
Create your own job!
Finding a job has rarely been more difficult, but creating a job has never been easier!
Local and federal governments have a variety of programs designed to help you create a job for yourself and others. People like Pat Flynn, John Lee Dumas and me offer free and affordable products and services to help you start your own business. YouTube, iTunes and the web in general have countless free podcasts, videos and guides to show you exactly what to do.
The really nice thing about this new age of entrepreneurs is that you don’t have to do it alone. SCORE and the SBA have been around for years, and still offer a lot of great services. But there’s a whole new generation of entrepreneur support organizations and individuals to choose from now.
Here in Denver, we have Innovation Pavilion, Galvanize, Uncubed and other similar places designed to help entrepreneurs. These types of incubators and accelerators exist in most major metro areas across the country.
You can also hire a business coach and/or join a mastermind group with other entrepreneurs at different stages of business ownership. Both of these options come with not only connections and expert advice, but also support and accountability, which are critical for early-stage entrepreneurs.
Let’s bring back hope!
America used to be the envy of the world. We used to be proud to call ourselves Americans. But over the past several years, really since 9/11, it seems like we’ve lost hope. We’ve lost our pride.
That’s completely understandable, though. Life was pretty easy here for a long time, so we got lazy. Then we put the fox in charge of the hen house by letting financial institutions, large corporations and the government run amok. We let them turn us into indentured servants by graciously accepting their easy credit, and then proceeded to spend ourselves into massive debt, effectively chaining us to our jobs and paychecks.
Since the Great Recession started, however, that trend is changing. American’s are now less in debt than we have been in more than 10 years. More an more people are saving for a rainy day, which is giving them the freedom they need to do things like start their own business.
Getting Back to Our Roots…
Our country was founded by entrepreneurs, and now we’re finally getting back to our roots. Richard Branson says 2014 is the Year of the Entrepreneur. I’ll go one step further and say this is the Age of the Entrepreneur. I firmly believe that entrepreneurs are not only the key to creating jobs and economic prosperity in America, they’re also the key to bringing back hope and pride to our amazing country.
If you’re a should-be entrepreneur, but you’re not yet, it’s time to ACT! With all the help and support at your disposal, there’s simply no excuse not to at least try to start your own business! You owe it to yourself! You owe it to your children! You owe it to your family, your friends, your neighbors and your country to take action RIGHT NOW!
It’s time to get ENERGIZED!
It’s time to bring hope, pride and prosperity back to America!
IT’S TIME TO GO FOR IT!!!
ARE YOU WITH ME?!!!