In 2015, I made a decision to leave my engineering job in the manufacturing industry in pursuit of continued personal and professional growth. As you know, making major career changes is rarely an easy choice but I decided to pursue an entrepreneurial path.
This issue, I’d like to share the first five (5) of ten (10) things which I’ve learned. I hope they add value to you, whether you are considering taking a similar step or already self-employed on a full-time or part-time basis.
1) Make A Blueprint
A smart action aligns with an objective. Without an objective, there is no way to evaluate the effectiveness of your actions. This is always my starting point with clients and I try to apply it to myself as well. When we have a big picture view and a design for our lives and businesses, it makes it much easier to make decisions in the present.
Most importantly, become extremely clear about why you want to even bother building these life and business plans. Is it to realize personal potential, feed your family, for a worthy cause or simply fame and fortune? Whatever your why(s), it will be your spiritual guide and the key to maintaining your will.
2) Understand Yourself
It also helps to know your strengths, as they are usually linked to your passion and what you do best. Are you a starter or a finisher? Have you taken a personality profile? Are you the dreamer or an administrator? Are you naturally more of a technician, manager or entrepreneur?
You need all types to make a business work, and it’s critical that you know which areas you excel at and where you should recruit help.
3) Get R.E.A.L.
Follow your dream. Live your passion. They both sound great and many coaches and speakers use them to the point that they have become clichés.
Leaving your job is not simple or easy. All of us have financial commitments and more importantly, we have other people who depend on us. You need to know where you are, where you want to go, and what you need to get there. I use a planning method which also considers Relationships, Equipping, Attitude and Leadership.
4) Strengthen Your Relationships
One of the most important things you can do is strengthen the bonds with the few people who genuinely care, support, encourage and believe in you. It’s also a great idea to forge relationships with various business networks and mentors who will help you along the way. Tough times are guaranteed to lie ahead and you will need good people in your corners.
5) Learn On the Job
If you plan to become a business owner, being an employee or volunteer is a great place to learn. Instead of just ‘doing your job’, look around and observe how the organization is operated. One day, you will be the person responsible for your operation and team, and your experience and ability to see the big picture will be essential to your success.
To be continued…
Look out for Part 2 in the next issue, with the remaining five (5) points. In the meanwhile, I’ve put some action items and resources in a free guide which you can collect at www.lifeengineer.co/dazzle.
Remember, knowledge is potential until put into action and becomes power. Wishing you success!