Here is what you ask yourself when you finally accept that your life isn't working for you

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THIS IS WHAT I BEGAN TO ASK MYSELF OVER 4 YEARS AGO WHEN I REALIZED MY LIFE AS I KNEW IT WAS NOT WORKING FOR ME. WHEN I REALIZED MY LEVEL OF UNHAPPINESS WAS STARTING TO AFFECT MY HEALTH AND GENERAL WELL-BEING, I KNEW SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE. SORRY NOT SORRY BUT YOU CANNOT CONVINCE ME SACRIFICING YOUR LIFE IS THE RIGHT WAY TO GO. THAT "IT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS WHEN YOU HAVE OBLIGATIONS, BILLS TO PAY AND A FAMILY TO SUPPORT". 


It’s not just corporate America, its any job that hinders your creative control over your work life and your contribution without limitation. For some of us that is so important to who we are. If you are free-spirited, anti-status quo, an independent thinker, creative and entrepreneurial, youre going to find a way to create that life for yourself. Even with the challenges, lack of certainty and unknowns.

 

One day as I was walking on one of my many walk breaks to get out of the office, I asked myself "SELF, what if...?"

What if I were to create and lived a life by design instead of accepting this life by default? What would that look like? I've tried burying my head in the sand, accepting the Corporate work life, just grinning and bearing it but it wasn't working.

That's when I found the BIGGEST binder I could and began to create my exit strategy. I began to craft a two-year timeline of what my journey needed to look like and what issues may impact my entrepreneur journey.  There was a catch however. You see I wasn't interested in simply becoming my own boss. That didn't motivate me. For that reason I had to think bigger when crafting my exit strategy.

 

Here are a few things you should think about if you also plan to be the creator of the life you love as a full-time entrepreneur:

  1. Create a life plan not just a 6 month emergency fund. Think about the lifestyle you want and begin to build out how you'll have to work as an entrepreneur to make that reality happen.

  2. Find examples of others with platforms you admire at varying levels (new, more established and well recognized by celebrities, i.e. Tony Robbins). Study their platforms to inform your own.

  3. Begin to the learn the business behind the business as your desire to do a thing will simply not be enough. You'll need to understand how to manage it with systems and processes while creating a vision around it.

  4. Start developing your voice and creating content that will be relevant to your future audience. Become a guest blogger or blog under your own brand. Volunteer to speak or train in the area you want to be known for.

  5. Be patient. Do not take an ill informed leap of faith due to your level of frustration with your work life and job. Start putting the pieces of your puzzle together so the picture will begin to form around where you will begin as an entrepreneur. Formulate a comprehensive exit strategy.

 

Creating a life that you love on your terms is more than doable but make no mistake you will be stretched in ways you are not initially comfortable with. Your journey will require 10X the resilience than you ever had to muster at your job just to keep going for the first year. You’ll have to continue to strengthen your resolve as you go.

This reality is exactly why I created the Eventual Entrepreneur AKADEMY. The goal is to assist you in confidently leaving your dead end job for good with no need to ever go back. If you are in Atlanta you can register for the next bootcamp in July is here.