Time to QuitEvery now and then, I feel compelled to express myself a little more direct, than normal. This is one of those times. You can call this a ‘rant’ post…but, I’ve got to get this out…

I’m an entrepreneur. Lots of people are entrepreneurs. BUT…there are some people who claim to be entrepreneurs, while their actions show a very different reality. Now, I’m not judging…just observing the mindset and behaviors of the self-proclaimed entrepreneurs, who really need to just hang it up and realize, it’s time to quit.

Entrepreneurs Work for Themselves

Either we are self-employed, or an independent contractor/business owner, whose daily business duties and tasks, are set by us. We answer to no one. When an issue arises, it is our own responsibility to assess the situation, and find a solution.

We don’t complain, whine, or play the blame game. We simply handle the problem and keep it moving. If every time something comes up in your business and you can’t figure out what to do, without making the situation bigger than it needs to be…this isn’t for you and it’s time to quit.

Entrepreneurs Serve the Needs of Others

In some shape or form, we are in business to serve others. That means, we have to deal with clients or customers at some point. No matter what capacity, you have to have some sort of communication with the people who do business with you…like it or not.

If customer service is not your strong suite, outsource it. Offer a chat option, do something to make your customers feel there is a human who cares, on the other side of the screen.

When someone has an issue with a product or service YOU sold them…deal with it, immediately. If you feel you can’t, or don’t have the time to take care of your customers and clients…this isn’t for you and it’s time to quit.

Entrepreneurs Deal with Money Problems

We don’t have a set income. We already know this going in…so, there shouldn’t be any shock when there are dry periods. We deal with returns, charge backs, delinquent or non-payments, inventory, shipping delays, and much more.

Guess what? Real entrepreneurs remain professional and work around the setbacks. We don’t throw in the towel because a customer gets frustrated or requires a little extra reassurance. That’s our job.

Walmart doesn’t go out of business or shut down operations when they run out of a product. If you feel like you want to quit because your money is looking funny…this isn’t for you and it’s time to quit.

Entrepreneurs Are Independent

Even though many of us work with a team of other entrepreneurial minded individuals, for the most part, we are independent. We grasp the concept that ‘if it’s to be, it’s up to me’. In other words, no one else is going to make us, nor break us.

If your business partner did you dirty, so what. If your upline or sponsor doesn’t help you, so what. If your mentor won’t coddle you or hold your hand, so what. Your success is dependent on you and you alone. You can’t expect someone else to want more for you, than you want for yourself.

If you are not willing to do the work that is required of YOU, regardless of whether or not you’ve been given the tools, training, guidance, and resources you need in order to advance…this isn’t for you and it’s time to quit.

Moral of the story is…

If you are struggling with the day-to-day, real life experiences of an entrepreneur, and you find it way to much to handle, this isn’t for you. It’s not glamorous like the deceptive images you see on Facebook. We don’t travel to an exotic place every weekend…we grind, and we grind hard.

This is a lifestyle…it’s who we are and everyone isn’t cut out for it. There is nothing wrong with sticking to a traditional 9-5, if that’s what floats your boat. If you aren’t ready to kick off those stilettos, roll up those corporate sleeves, and dig down deep to develop and nurture a mindset shift…this isn’t for you and it’s time to quit.

 

When it’s Time to Quit

8 thoughts on “When it’s Time to Quit

  • 01/28/2015 at 5:37 PM
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    This is so full of truth, Tamyka! It’s not about to-do’s and networking events at all. Those are just aspects of a mindset that affects a lifestyle for sure. Thank you for beautifully expressing what we live as committed entrepreneurs. And that part about being responsible for our own progress (instead of focusing on “haters” and bad breaks) had me saying SPEAK all extra loud! Great post, Sis!

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  • 01/28/2015 at 6:34 PM
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    WOW..you are really on point with this one! I must say that this one does hurt as, I was looking at my expenses/bills thinking…where am I going to get the money to cover them.
    THIS is so REAL! I am not quitting, but I am looking for part time work outside of my entrepreneur / Real Estate Agent career. It is real when you have worked hard for 28 days without any moolah coming in. Little down, but not defeated!!!
    Thanks for the post Tamyka..get out of my HEAD! LOL Luv Luv

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    • 01/28/2015 at 6:44 PM
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      Stephanie, I know you are not the quitting type! “Not Defeated”…that’s all that matters! Love you too, lady! Keep sowing and very soon, you will be able to reap that harvest!

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  • 01/29/2015 at 8:27 AM
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    Tamyka, this posts has a mouth full of truth. And girl you are so right it’s not for the faint at heart

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  • 01/30/2015 at 12:22 AM
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    Tamyka you already know I heart this! One of the things I mentioned on a google+ hangout the other day was so many new entrepreneurs think of the harvest first instead of the picture and plan {work}. Unfortunately if a person is not committed to their own definition of what success is to them, then it’s time to hunker down and do the 9 to 5. In order to succeed as the CEO, you have to be able to shake the dust and keep it movin’ 🙂 Great message as usual!

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    • 01/30/2015 at 12:25 PM
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      Thanks so much Regina, I couldn’t agree with you more, you definitely can’t get to the harvest without the work!

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