Most people live in the world where they have two career options – a job or an entrepreneurial venture, but there is a third option that works great in many ways, such as new things. Entrepreneurship is about creativity, your ability to innovate and adapt to any possible situation, while a job is already designed to incorporate teamwork and focus on the deadlines that must be met and met at all costs.
Working full-time in a company while generating ideas for your personal development and growth can be a little overwhelming and at times exhausting, but there are ways to fuel your entrepreneurial journey and keep the flame burning until you meet your personal and… make professional dreams come true. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, the inspirational speaker, author, radio host and founder of the Sexy Brilliant Non-Profit Foundation shared some tips on how to keep your entrepreneurial spirit alive at work:
1. Know and understand your passion
Sometimes people mistake their hobbies and interests for passion and decide to pursue them in the future. While it would be wrong to assume that hobbies can’t be turned into your passion, there’s a fine line that separates the two and it’s important to recognize and understand your passion before you decide to venture deeper into the ocean to dive in
2. Accept and face the challenges
As you pursue your personal development and work full-time, you will encounter challenges along the way that may seem insurmountable at the moment. You will feel overwhelmed and devastated at times and the voice telling you to stop will ring louder and louder in your ears. In order to overcome this and achieve your dreams, it is important to accept these challenges and face them head-on, without letting your faith in you break. Accept the challenges as a companion on your journey and instead of letting them scare you, decide to shake hands and move on.
3. Let go of fear
Pursuing your dream triggers fear in you. There comes a time when one must choose between the security of a job and the risk of another fresh start. The fear of failing and shattering dreams is quite intimidating, but you can only realize your worth if you take a risk. Before attempting to walk, start by listening to your intuition, taking small risks, and taking baby steps on your new journey. Slowly but steadily the fear of failure will decrease and you will become more aware of your passion and understanding of your self worth and your decisions will be fueled by your confidence and good humour.
Gaurav Bhagat, Entrepreneur, Business Coach and Founder of Gaurav Bhagat Academy said: “If a person really has an entrepreneurial mindset, even if he works for a company, it will not go away. Redefining existing products and services through innovative concepts and creative results can spontaneously demonstrate the entrepreneurial skills of an employee who differs from their peers in both the deliberation and execution phases.”
He suggested, “Instead of waiting for orders or directives from managers to introduce new concepts to promote positive change, the entrepreneurial employee takes the initiative and amazes management. Constantly striving to help the organization improve its image with stakeholders, he emerges as an entrepreneur and makes his mark in the organization. In fact, entrepreneurship never dies; even if you work as an employee, you only reincarnate as an entrepreneur.”
In several ways, according to Kapil Gupta, Founder of Solh Wellness and OMLogic, the tech explosion of the last 3 decades has made it possible for organizations to be much more comfortable with leaders making millions (compensation, performance, ESOP, etc.). Leading missions, projects and companies for them. He revealed: “The risk is reduced and there are many rewards. Companies work more on the availability of up-to-date resources. While it can sometimes work wonders, it adds many limitations that mostly inhibit innovation and creation.”
He added: “In some industries (especially those with high barriers to entry and initial investment), a job can give you more opportunities to become an entrepreneur than starting your own business, as each step you take can be maximized to be more efficient with changes implemented faster can become. It’s also far easier to persuade your bosses on the job to take alternative paths than the risks that come with business. It’s a matter of choice. Some will choose to become self-employed and some will choose to be an entrepreneur in a job. Both can lead to the same satisfaction (creation, innovation, money, power).”
It is important to keep evolving and not standing still if you want to follow your passion. Success will follow you sooner or later.