Not everybody needs to become an entrepreneur. Definitely not. Because it is not about entrepreneurship, it is about challenging your comfort zones.
What is a comfort zone? A comfort zone is for example when you are 37 years old, working in a well established accounting & consulting company, earning good money, new customers arrive weekly, everything is fine – and yet, you are not truly satisfied. Something is missing. You feel you are using about half of your true potential. Your motivation lacks. There are things that matters much more than your work, although you’re spending 50 or more hours a week in your job. You deeply feel that you have to change things…
“Let’s start something new, something own?”, says your gut instinct.
“No no no, are you crazy?”, says the voice in your mind. You have all you ever wanted. A #save-job, #a-lot-of-money, … why risking all of this?!? Do you really want to say goodbye to the comfortable executive meeting rooms with nice coffee service and begin to #crawl-through-the-mud for the next 10 years, knowing that only 2 out of 10 startups survive on the long run?
After this brainwash session which occurred every few month, I usually stopped my attempts to become an entrepreneur (yes, this is my story). But whenever I blocked my feeling of what is being right, I know this dialog would come back to me a few month later again and again.
The question of whether or not I shall take the risk occupied me and used a lot of energy. Energy which was then missing not only in my job, but in all my other life areas such as family, friends, health, hobbies, etc.
I already came to the conclusion that is is the right thing to accept the situation and make the best of it. But then I became father in 2014. And it was the year that changed this inner dialog forever: I began to ask myself what values my son should learn from me (“…as my dad used to say…”). After thinking about it for a while (it is actually a tough question…), I was pretty sure about what those values are: