Kickstart Monday: What’s Your Motivation, Why Are You an Entrepreneur?

4Jul

 

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What's YOUR Why?

This week I am talking about motivation. Not the kind of motivation that propels you through the tedious tasks, but the motivation that explains why you chose to be an entrepreneur.

I found a quote from recording artist Kid Cudi that really resonated with me. He says "I just want to go on more adventures. Be around good energy. Connect with people. Learn new things. Grow."

He nailed it. I can't speak for everyone, but that one statement succinctly sums up what a lot of us want.

It's that elusive dream from when we were teenagers. We had no idea what it meant to be an adult, but when you're sixteen life is an adventure and anything is possible

And that is the goal, that is the dream and that is the reason so many of us become entrepreneurs, but is it why you want to be your own boss?  Is it why you gave up the certainty of a regular paycheck to do whatever it is you do?

And trust me on this, knowing why you want it is important. It might even be more important than knowing what you're going to do or how you're going to do it.

When I started my first business it was all about the money and I was miserable. Not at first, I was happy to be making money when I first started out. The rent got paid, we went on vacations and everything was great, but when it got to the point where I had to seriously consider moving out of my home office so I could hire people I looked around and realized that I didn't want to do it anymore.

Taking the business to the next level was going to require a greater commitment of time and energy and money wasn't enough of a motivator for me. So I quit and got a day job.

Starting and growing a business takes a lot of time and effort and it's impossible to sustain twelve hour days six or seven days a week if you lack motivation.

I couldn't do it with my first business because it was just a way to make money. I had basically traded a day job for what was essentially just another job. I liked the idea of having more control over how much money I made, but it wasn't enough.

I suspect some of you are looking for the control that can't be found in an office job. You may not always get a paycheck, but the one thing you can guarantee when you are your own boss is that your income will always be a direct result of your effort and you will never be outsourced.

For the majority of us, I think that Kid Cudi had it right. We just want to go on more adventures. We want to be around good energy, connect with people, learn new things and grow. Things that are hard to accomplish when you're stuck in a cubicle wondering if your job will be sent to India before the end of the year.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 7/4/16 - 7/8/16

Coffee Buzz Networking: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2. S. Beech Street, Manchester. This month's topic is "Your Quick & Dirty Guide to Finding Clients"

Alpha Loft Startup Meetup: 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Alpha Loft 844 Elm Street, Manchester.

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