Venturing into a New Venture

A few years back I was looking for my next opportunity.  My job had ended and I wanted to work for myself.  In my search I came across quite a few “gurus” who allegedly were the best in showing you how to be a successful entrepreneur.  Whether it was in real estate, the stock market, writing a book or making money on the internet there was no lack of “guaranteed”  ways to make someone successful.

I tried a few.  It is actually embarrassing when I add up all the money that I spent trying to educate myself through these so called experts.  While they all sounded good there was always a pit in my stomach as I plunked down my hard earned dollars. One of them even told me if I didn’t feel that churning that I wasn’t pushing myself outside of my comfort zone…which is what they said that I had to do if I wanted to succeed.   Are there red flags and bells going off for anyone right here?

While the dollars that I spent went down the drain I did learn one very important lesson.  I learned to trust my instincts over any guru.  They may have a great program but when you are trying to change your life you are 100% responsible for your success.

If you are in a place where you think that it is time to try something new consider these Simple Steps QUESTIONS when you want to make a decision:

  • Is what you are considering something that you are passionate about?  Do you get excited to think about the new avenue in your life?  If you answer a resounding YES to these questions then you feel good about the potential then you are on the right track. If not then you are not ready to make a life change decision.
  • Is what you are considering going to cost you money that you have to borrow, charge on a credit card or withdraw from a savings or 401K type account?  If not then good for you! You are passionate  & are managing your financial risks appropriately.  If you are however you are going into more debt or reducing your savings make sure that you have  a solid, realistic repayment plan in place.  If the venture has any element of “getting rich quick” run the other way!
  • Are you relying on anyone else to make this venture a success?  (An “expert/guru “type.)  STOP! When you relinquish your power to someone else, in hopes that they will make it easy for you, your expectations are unrealistic. Never relinquish your power to any person, program or company. Support from gurus, friends & family is great. And if you are part of a team, a partnership where everyone is like-minded, all the better. Remember though that you are 100% responsible for your happiness and your success.  You can’t delegate the success of a new venture to anyone.

If you are willing to dedicate all of your time and effort AND you are not intimidated by any part of the program…AND you have answered the questions above positively…then you have done your due diligence and you are going into the new venture well informed and prepared. And if after all of this you are excited, determined, passionate and persistent than your gut is telling you that you are on the right track.  Go For IT!

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