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Archive for December, 2017

So “Millennial” – You want to start a business? So does everyone else.

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Well maybe not everyone, but in 2017 Forbes reported that over 62% of millennials contemplated entrepreneurship. While they concluded that for the time being, that number isn’t representative of how many businesses are actually being started, it still indicates a strong interest in self-employment.

Entrepreneurship may be for you, but before your quit your job and buy that Passion Planner, only to realize the harsh reality of starting from scratch, consider ways you can work with an “entrepreneurial spirit” that doesn’t involve starting a business.

Looking for Voids to Fill:

Anyone interested in starting a business has heard many times that one of the quickest routes to success is to find a need in the market, and look for ways to fill that need. But contrary to popular belief, this concept doesn’t only apply to entrepreneurship. In any work environment or organization, you can look for voids where you can add value. The best way to find a void, is to get to know the space so well that you can’t help but fall into the hole, and then be forced to create a (potentially better) way out.

Learning to Delegate:

One of the common draws of entrepreneurship for many is the notion of being your own boss. But in reality, entrepreneurs must be pros at working with others and delegating tasks. An entrepreneur without the ability to trust and delegate only limits their own success.

 Making the Commitment:

Millennials have been coined as the ones who keep a job for a month and then quit because they’re “so entitled.” But to those who see entrepreneurship as the perfect way out of a day job, think again. If you’re unable to commit to a regular job, then what makes you think you can handle having your own business? Part of working with an entrepreneurial spirit is being able to make a solid commitment, put in the time (and a lot of it) and do things that you really don’t want to do.

So whether you take the entrepreneur plunge or not, it’s important to know that there are other ways to get a “visionary fix” without starting a business of your own. Working with an entrepreneurial mindset may be just as fulfilling as the title itself.

The Hallmark of a Rich Life

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

As the Hallmark channel airs their seemingly 100th new holiday movie of the season, it can begin to cloud our view of reality. Let’s be honest, you probably won’t run into your long-lost love on a Christmas train or make a living selling hot chocolate, but what you will do is waste your life waiting for those fictional moments.

Movies, TV shows, and social media have a way of becoming the friends that never let us down; the family drama that we can be involved in without having to resolve, and the mediocre boyfriend you never have to confront to break-up with. They fill a void in our lives for constant entertainment, but they pale in comparison to real-life experiences.

Are you really experiencing anything or just getting a better ROI from your Netflix spend?

You’re sacrificing real opportunities for the comfort of your couch and a decrease in personal risk. Would you rather scroll through Twitter than talk to a person? Watch a movie about an awkward first date than go on one?

If you step back for a moment, you may realize that none of these movies or TV shows are real. In five years, you won’t remember the plot of the movie (maybe you will if it was Hallmark because they’re all the same), but you’ll wish you had actually spent time doing things instead of watching other fictional characters experience them.

Live your life. Don’t wait for a Hallmark miracle.