Ever think something through AFTER you have fully committed? That’s what I did about my decision to start on online media business. I jumped right in without considering the details. But I was sure about these three things: 1) I have the best business partner ever, 2) our business idea is very good and I believe in our vision, and 3) I’m up for the challenge and ready to work. I took a huge leap of faith and never looked back.
If I had paused to ponder whether or not to jump in, this list would have quickly come to mind:
10 Reasons I should NOT start a business
- Haven’t had a professional job (or any paying job) in 12 years
- Never started or owned a business
- No technical skills
- No industry knowledge
- No professional network
- Had to be told what an “online media business” is
- Up until 2 months ago didn’t blog, Tweet, FB or even know what those things are (kind of important for a future online media mogul)
- No personal wealth to self fund anything beyond a lemonade stand
- My 3 young children need my attention every single day
- Don’t have or want a nanny or housekeeper
- That’s a sobering list. Those 10 reasons and 100 others run through my head every day. But I am undeterred.
Here is a list I like a lot more:
10 Reasons I SHOULD start a business
- I am confident in myself, my business partner, and most importantly our business concept
- Not a MENSA member but am capable and determined
- Willing to put in the time and money it takes to get this business running
- Our business idea is really good, and exciting
- My business partner is flippin’ brilliant, connected and unlike me actually is qualified to start this business
- The timing is as right as it will ever be
- My family is on board, supportive and happy for me
- Bursting at the seams to do something big and this is pretty darn big
- I am enjoying the challenge of learning the industry, the technology, making my way in new territory
- The most significant up front investment is my time
Sometimes it pays to think things through first, and sometimes it pays to take a leap of faith. I’m working hard to make sure it pays off for me.
Join In: When have you taken a professional or personal leap of faith? How did that pan out? Leave a comment below. Or connect directly with me, the author, at @hsboggini.