Contemplation

coffee shopIt's easy to allow fear of the unknown to drive your decision making when it comes to making huge career changes. Depending on the specific industry in which you are entering, the success rate for new businesses can be a huge deterrent for new entrepreneurs. But sitting around letting good ideas go to waste doesn't get you anywhere. Its time to stop thinking about all the things you MIGHT want to do. There is never the "perfect time", and the cards won't necessarily line up in perfect order. The lack of perfect timing does not mean that you cannot begin pushing your ideas into the forefront and launching your new entrepreneurial endeavors. When you are a natural creative, it is almost impossible to escape the propensity to think outside the box. Some people simply have a natural urge to lead the life of an entrepreneur. I recently read 'The Path Redefined' by Lauren Maillian Bias. An invigorating and inspirational read, Bias talks about her life as a serial entrepreneur. She started as a young child by selling lemonade in her upscale NYC neighborhood, and earned more money than some college kids would earn in their first years of working a summer job. She took her fearless nature, her customer base, and her desire to top own success record, and went on to open several successful businesses. The multi-talented businesswoman was one of the youngest vineyard owners in the US, and one of few African-American women vineyard owners. Although the odds were stacked against her, her passion for a new business endeavors outweighed her fears.

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If running a full-fledged brick and mortar business is not a match for you, perhaps running a business online or creating a custom "made to order" retail business is the way to go. I can't tell you how many times I let an idea slip by only to see that someone else grabbed the bull by the horns and successfully launched the idea. Start small by turning your part time hobby into a business in your spare time. Keeping a small portfolio of clients is a great way to ensure that you are able to perfect your product and bring about the desired results. It also allows you to gain valuable feedback for when you decide to launch your business full time. Cultivate your ideas when they come to you, and tweak it for improvement as you go along. You will have room to make mistakes and still recover in time to recreate your perfect scenario. Sitting around waiting only ensures that someone else will come up with the very idea that you have been mulling over. There is someone else out there who will launch a similar product, or someone within an organization that will take advantage of the latest board seat or promotion. So stop contemplating and start doing. Your new goals may be closer to completion than you realized.