Every 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.