Principal at Opportunity Strategies LLC
My best advice is to commit to following your path to entrepreneurship and worry about the walls and ceilings later. Once you determine what you want to do, you have to pledge to yourself that you will stay aware of when you feel push-back from within. When something doesn't feel right in your gut: a decision, a commitment, a time boundary, a request, an expense, an isolation from the people you love the most, anything....promise to yourself now that you will pay attention to those signals and take time to evaluate.
The truth is that entrepreneurship is one of the toughest things to attempt, but also one of the most rewarding. However, it only remains rewarding when you nurture it and keep it in its rightful place. In other words, if it is good for you, it won't allow you to become a depressed workaholic. Trust in yourself to make the right decisions; sometimes you won't, but most of the time you will.
One other consideration: I like how Tony Robbins says "don't fall in love with your current vision." What he means is that once you achieve one dream for yourself or your business, it's not over; you must dream an even bigger dream. He talks about how some people have a dream for themselves and making their family better off; some people have a dream of making their community better off; some people have a dream to make humanity better off. Each of those are worthy causes, but each entrepreneur is different. Whatever your definition of success turns out to be today, trust me when I say that will evolve one day into something else. Go shine.
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Write down on paper your own definition of success. What does it look like, feel like, smell like, taste like, sound like? Describe it in paragraph form.
- Write 3-7 goals of things you must achieve in order to get to there from here.
- Then write what strategies and/or action steps you need to implement by which dates to reach each of those goals within your vision.