5 myths of being in business
It's hard working from home.
This one held me back for a long time. Fact is, there's no commute, you own your schedule, and if you arrange meetings and activities outside of the home you'll combat any risk of loneliness. There's also alternatives like co-working spaces and cafes with Wi-Fi. Don't let this little factor stop you.
You have to raise capital to start a business.
Now is the best time in history to start a business with the global marketplace on the internet.
You need very little upfront investment for many types of businesses - simply your laptop, some time, direction, the right support and a will to succeed.
You have to be born an entrepreneur.
No one is born an entrepreneur! We're all conditioned by society, school and our workplaces to follow the rules and accept instruction (e.g. 9-5, work harder and you'll succeed, follow a non-risky traditional career path). This discourages creativity and entrepreneurship because it squeezes us into a little box and fosters fear-based scarcity thinking. Put simply: we stay stuck and small in careers that may not light us up. Being an entrepreneur requires thinking differently, unravelling what society has taught us and moving forward despite fear.
You have to be positive and/or motivated all the time.
Positive thinking is great (and needed) but it's not going to take action for you or get results. Similarly, motivation is fleeting. What you DO need is to acknowledge and unravel limiting beliefs and set new beliefs in their place that anything is possible (and really believe it); and to stay in consistent action towards what you do want - not what you don't.
Success is about the size of your business or reach.
Success is different to everyone and you could have a very successful business simply being a freelancer and covering your living expenses while you live a lifestyle and do work that you love. You don't need to create a multi-million dollar business to be a success. Success is whatever you make it.
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