Why Entrepreneurs Give Up

Why Do Entrepreneurs Give Up?

Entrepreneurs – A word so many use just because they set up their own business. I personally do not believe an entrepreneur is someone who owns a business, it’s someone who is making a difference and succeeding with their business on some level. Anyone can be a business owner, not everyone can be an entrepreneur. True entreprenuers are a special breed.

What reasons do entrepreneurs give up?

successful-women  There are many reasons why people decide to set up on their own. They have a dream and a vision of the life they want to lead and the people they want to help. However, being an entrepreneur is HARD WORK! Not everyone has it in them to stay the course and that’s when people start giving up. In my experience is they give up 6-12 months in. That’s so early in the game, but they don’t know that.

I have been reading Gary V’s recent book ‘Crushing It’ and I just finished up reading a chapter that was about people giving up on their entrepreneurial journey. Here are some the reasons he says he has found people give up (I bet some of you can relate to them too) The entrepreneurs in Gary’s book are super inspirational. Buy the book, you won’t regret it.

Excuses Excuses…

  • I don’t have the money
  • I don’t have the time
  • My family is holding me back
  • I have an idea for an app but I don’t know how to code
  • I have a full-time job
  • I’ve got kids (seriously, don’t we all)
  • My parents don’t get it (it’s true, my parents generation don’t, but that doesn’t stop some of us)
  • I don’t have the right equipement
  • Only a few people are reading what I have to say
  • I’m too old

Blah Blah Blah….. Excuses are excuses – end of discussion. I built my first business with 2 babies under 2, in a marriage that I was unhappy in and only his income coming in. I worked till midnight most nights and when the children napped. It was all a blaze of tiredness and mayhem. Somehow in the midst of all this, I still cleaned the house and cooked a meal every day. That is all a blur – I don’t know how I did it. I’m not saying you have to keep on top of it all, it was just something that was important to me and helped me feel in control.

Then I left the husband. I still worked all the hours, put the children in part time nursery and grew the hell out of my business! I didn’t use excuses that I was a single mum who got NO help from family. Basically I cracked on and didn’t let the world beat me down. SHIT GOT DONE! This picture below is when I was tired beyond belief, but I carried on.

Conclusion… entrepreneurs successful women

Here’s how I’m going to end this blog post. You will either give up OR you put the hours in and work your butt off. Ask for help when you need it, read all the books and don’t find excuses not to succeed.

Your WHY should be strong enough to keep you going. My why was that I wanted to be mum who would do the school runs, who could attend assemblies, sports days and all the other millions of school activities these schools put on on a regular basis. I wanted to be able to cook my children a proper meal every night and not rely on fast food regularly. THAT was important to me.

Don’t get me wrong, once a week we have pizza and sit down early to hang out and watch something together. Because spending time with them is important. My children are now 9 and 8 and it’s easier as a single mum now. They don’t need me constantly. I am still growing my business and have evolved into different areas now.

You can have this too.

Living The Dream? Entrepreneur Life

Living The Dream?

Living the dream, some say I am, some would say definitely not. It all comes down to perspective. My brother always said I was living the dream because I worked from home and I dictate my schedule. Others will say I am not living the dream unless I am earning £100K plus a year. I am NOT earning that amount of money, but I am living the dream to a certain extent.

How am I living the dream?

I do all the school runs, I am there for my children every morning and every evening. Homework isn’t a rush because I am there to do it with them after school. Dinner isn’t a rush because we sit down at 5.30pm to eat, not 7pm (as a full time working mum/family likely experiences) I have time to cook homemade meals because I AM home. living the dream

I also get to book holidays when I want (taking into account school holidays of course) Last week I decided we needed some sun and didn’t want to wait until July to get some some. So I booked us a week in Gran Canaria. A friend of mine was booked to go there since last year with her 3 children and somehow a conversation that went something like ‘wouldn’t it great if we could meet you out there’ turned in to me booking to go a few hours later. A week away in the sunshine, bliss!

THIS is living the dream – at least a decent part of it. I earn enough to pay my bills and go on holidays. We have 3 booked. Gran Canaries, Disneyland Paris and Tenerife. I’m not sure many people could say they have the same booked and if you do, i’d say you’re doing pretty damn well.

What does Living The Dream mean to you? It will mean something different for all of us. I’m intrigued to find out what makes living the dream in your world?

My brother has since given up his 6 figure a year job and is working from home earning less, but he is absolutely loving life at the moment. Yes I certainly can (and will) earn more money, but right now, life feels very good!

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