It’s time to start making some noise.

Go be that starving artist you’re afraid to be.
You were not born here to work and pay taxes.
You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create.
Stop putting it off. You’ll thank yourself for it.

~ Jason Mraz

Table of Contents

Postcard From Barbara
Five Myths About Self-Employment to Banish At Once
What Would an Entrepreneur Do?

Postcard From Barbara

I came across a notebook I had with me on the sabbatical I took a few years ago. It's full of notes about entrepreneurial sightings in Europe—and this interesting tidbit: 

Novices Faux is French for False Beginners, a term for those who begin a career path that doesn't prove right for them. 

I’m quite sure that the majority of Joyfully Jobless folks were Novices Faux. When they realize that maybe, just maybe, looking for another job isn’t the solution, the notion of creating their own livelihood starts to take hold. 

Nevertheless, making the transition from employee to entrepreneur requires a conscious change in mindset. As Apple computers so famously reminded us it begins with Thinking Different. 

Often the starting point for that is challenging some long-held beliefs about what it means to work for yourself. 

Here’s a little checklist to clear out thoughts that may be getting in your way.

Five Myths About Self-employment To Banish At Once

Much of the conventional wisdom about self-employment qualifies as Urban Myths. Sadly, many people who think about becoming Joyfully Jobless are stopped from doing so because of these commonly held, but unfounded, beliefs.

Let’s take a look at five biggies.

  • Only extroverts can be entrepreneurs. A recent study found that almost all kindergarteners exhibited entrepreneurial traits. By the fourth grade, however, innovative thinking was on the decline. 

    Being an introvert or extrovert isn’t nearly as important as honoring our creative spirit and wanting to solve problems.

  • You need the security of a job. What a Twentieth Century concept. Even as jobs are disappearing all over the place, people still cling to that outmoded notion of security. 

    Successful self-bossers know that you can only have as much security as you produce for yourself. 

    Or as Helen Keller pointed out, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do children as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run.”

  • Starting a business is risky. So is driving, eating and sex. It’s a matter of how you do it.

    In fact, self-bossers who have done their homework, visualized their business and are committed to laying a strong foundation don’t consider what they’re doing to be risky.

    Preparation makes a huge difference, of course, as does a willingness to ask for help, to experiment and be flexible.

  • You need a lot of money to start a business. Another outmoded belief. While it’s true that some businesses require heavy capitalization, that’s not the only option. 

    More and more modern entrepreneurs are mastering the art of the shoestring start-up, learning to generate cashflow as they build slow and strong.

  • Most small businesses fail in the first five years. Even the Small Business Administration likes to flaunt failure rates, but these statistics are based on heavily capitalized, conventional undertakings.

    The success rate for lean enterprises is actually high.

    If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur be committed to taking advice from informed sources. That means learning from those who have successfully done so—not the fear mongers and dream bashers who haven’t done it themselves.

    Keep in mind that when you begin your own Joyfully Jobless Journey, you’re volunteering to be in a minority. Be prepared to encounter opposition, but don’t let it stop you.

As Alan Alda points out, “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.”

What Would an Entrepreneur Do?

If you’re like most people, you’ve had years of conditioning to think like a good employee—and almost no education about how to think like an entrepreneur. Consequently, many of the things that make us Employee of the Month don’t translate at all in running our own business.

Fortunately, entrepreneurial thinking can be learned and this upcoming event is the perfect place to strengthen the kind of mindset that leads to entrepreneurial success.

Click on this link and you can find out more about how to add this power tool to your business building.

Buon Viaggio,  

Barbara Winter

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