I used to think that those who were plotting their escape from Corporate America were "lucky." In starting their business, they had the luxury of time and the guarantee of income while they planned their great escape. They could make their plans, and then choose the exact day and time that they blissfully set sail into entrepreneurship...
You see, I never had that. At 25 years old, 3 weeks after putting my life savings into the down payment on a new condo, my 'stable job' at Fidelity Investments laid me off in the economic down turn of 2008.
All of my smart financial planning right along with all of my confidence felt as though it was flushed down the proverbial toilet. I was scared, questioned how I would pay my bills, had no idea how to build a business, but I knew in my heart that I deserved to be happier than I was at that job. I promised myself that no one would ever lay me off again. I wanted my fate in my own hands. I have been an entrepreneur ever since, and never looked back.
What I have come to learn is that those ladies plotting their Corporate America escape are anything but "lucky."
It's like taking off a band-aid - you can either pull it off slow and steady (which hurts like a biatch!) or just rip that sucker off in a momentary flight of pain.
While I do not work with many newbie entrepreneurs - my clients are the more successful, experienced women who have been in business for years - I do take on the occasional wanna-be entrepreneur in special cases. These special cases are when I know that these women are so incredible that nothing will stop them - no excuse, no homework assignment, and no limiting belief.
I woke up this morning to an email from one such client. She was "plotting" her departure and planning late summer to formally start her business. She's done the work, started creating her brand, establishing her packages, identifying her ideal clients, clarifying her purpose, and living through her worthy ideal. She told me this morning that she has formally let her company know that she will be scaling back her hours to 1/2 time and, guess what... they are 100% on board because "they have zero doubt that she will thrive in her new business" - oh, hey, me too!!
You know how I know? Because she ripped off the band-aid. She has had me in her corner as her coach for a few months, and is already attracting $25K clients. This woman is going to succeed beyond her wildest dreams... I'm not sure she even fully realizes it yet...
How about you? Are you ready to rip off the band-aid? Here is where you begin:
Do not go it alone. This choice is too important and it should never be dismissed with "I cannot afford it" or "I do not have time." The amazing entrepreneurs who thrive in business are always learning, growing, evolving, and investing in themselves. It's those who I see delaying the their commitment to progress and happiness that never get ahead. Those are clients who I ultimately decline to work with - you have to know you are worth it. The rest we can make happen together.
Visit www.aspiretoretirerich.com to learn more and contact me to take the next step.