If you feel a bit stuck and not able to give your best, these are the factors that should come in the play to change this narrative and develop a high-performance work and a better healthier relationship with your career or next income opportunity.
Where is your Passion
Love for what you do is the sacred fire that drives you to start your own business every day. Making sure that your business is the expression of this fire is one of my pillars.
It is not the only one, mind you, to be able to make a business work, a business can work even without passion, but for me it is not the same thing I assure you, because having it pushes you to get up, to leave and to persevere.
Passion is linked to you, your values, your identity and your intention to manifest it through your project.
In your business, your passion will manifest itself through your value proposition, creating your offering; through the way you will work and the actions you will take to follow your direction; through your ambition, finding the necessary resources, without excuses, to get your business off the ground and grow; through your role, who you need to be to feel fulfilled and happy.
Passion makes you believe in what you do and pushes you to put 100% of yourself into building your business.
Managing your time is another motivational factor that can push you to start your own business, I intend to transform the time dedicated to work and personal life into quality time.
Reconciling and defending with all one's strength this balance between professional and private life, without being forced to choose one or the other, especially if you have an ambitious project, is one of the main factors that have motivated me every day for about 20 years.
This factor is all the more motivating the more freedom is a value for you to defend and protect (to decide, to act, to create, to choose... ) and the less motivating the more you think it will be the solution to your mental and physical load, because in this case, be careful, it can only turn out to be an illusion.
While it is true that you can manage your time by having your own business, on the other hand your business can take control of your time and your life, especially at the beginning, so analyze well the meaning this factor has for you.
Your personal Challenge
You too have a personal story that you carry with you in the business you are creating, perhaps a problem experienced for a long time. Getting involved can be a really motivating challenge for you.
Finding the solution to that problem for yourself, because you have seen that the market is lacking or can be improved, may be the business idea that pushes you to create a business, because it can change the lives of others as well.
But be careful, before launching yourself check that the solution you have found for yourself resonates in the mind of a specific group of people and that it really solves a significant problem.
Once verified, the challenge of getting involved is a strong motivational lever to carry on your business, to finally feel fulfilled, to say "I did it, I succeeded".
Having a concrete purpose that you want to achieve through your business is the most motivating factor, along with a passion for what you do, because it will help you move in that direction.
What do I mean? I mean having a concrete goal that goes beyond "I want to start my own business to travel more" or "to send my children to study abroad", or "to buy the house of my dreams", which is fine, indeed very well satisfy your desires, but after all this, ask yourself:
What do you want to achieve with what you create?
What contribution do you want to bring to others?
How will everything you accomplish with your business turn into something great for others?
Do you know why I say this? Because you don't have to be a lifesaving surgeon to contribute to the world.
In any area you want to operate with your business, you can do it anyway.
I'm not talking about "eliminating hunger in the world" or "eliminating wars", that would be great, but we don't have this power, I'm talking about something concrete that you yourself will be able to achieve because it will be in your power and will contribute.
The purpose of a successful entrepreneur is always something that goes beyond a purely personal economic return.
The sooner you will be able to identify that purpose, which will make you have a full heart once realized, the sooner you will have that energy and joy to get up every morning and look forward to starting work, doing something more every day to get off the ground. and grow your business and get there where you want to go.
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How Retirees Shaped My Attitude About Retirement
The last pharmacy I worked in was the best job I ever had because I was older than many retired customers and what I learned from them forever changed how I felt about retirement.
They told me everything about themselves and the world they lived in. I listened intently, asked questions, and observed. It was a priceless education. I soaked it up like a sponge.
I heard many comments and ideas with which I disagreed, but I said nothing. After all, I knew I was getting an education about a world and lifestyle I knew nothing about, but I wanted to learn.
One of many things that surprised me was this comment from an older woman: “I’ve done for others all of my life, and now it’s time for others to do for me.”
To me, that was a shocker. By all means, do for others who need help, but if you don’t do it out of the goodness of your heart, then don’t do it. When you do something kind, please don’t expect anything in return. Family members and others may or may not want to be caregivers, nor should they be if you can take care of yourself. When you can help yourself, you will stay physically strong longer, and your brain will be sharper longer, which is a blessing.
Other than the loss of cognition and physical health, possibly the worst thing older people should fear is dependence. When you become dependent, either by choice or necessity, you lose a part of yourself.
Another thing I learned about retirees is that many did not have enough income, which opens the door to dependence. More than a few had only Social Security income to carry them through the rest of their lives. It’s common for many to retire thinking they won’t need as much money anymore, but they soon find that inflation makes that idea a gross miscalculation. You find yourself thinking you worked hard all of your adult life in anticipation of enjoying a carefree retirement, and when the time comes — it’s a rude awakening that what you did to prepare (or even if you prepared at all) — was not enough.
But there is good news here for those willing to deal with reality. I am a staunch advocate of work. I recall listening to Pastor Rick Warren, author of the very successful book, A Purpose Driven Life, discussing political issues with John McCain, who ran for president against Barak Obama. I remember Pastor Warren emphatically stated, “We are made for work.” Not everyone agrees with that sentiment, but it made perfect sense to me. It gave legitimacy to the phrase, “use it or lose it.” If you don’t challenge your brain and body consistently, it deteriorates.
I bring up the work issue because I saw many cash-poor retirees capable of holding a job of one kind or another, yet they didn’t want to work. I recall one customer, a retired engineer, would clip food coupons out of the newspaper while waiting for his prescription to be filled. He always complained about the cost of his medication, determined not by the pharmacy but by his insurance plan. But, unfortunately, he never seemed or wanted to understand that.
One day, in what I thought was a casual and pleasant conversation with him about his work experience, I asked if he had ever considered getting a part-time job that would allow him to use and share his considerable skills. You would have thought I had insulted his mother. He became angry and reminded me he had earned his retirement, and there was no way he was going to work again. Ever. For me, it was a lesson learned: be careful what or how you ask a question.
On other occasions, women would tell me they would like to have a job but didn’t think they were qualified to do anything because they had been out of the labor market (or had never been in it) for a long time. They could have found work suitable for their talents, but truth be told, they really didn’t want to work. They were settled in their comfortable leisure-oriented lifestyle and were unwilling to disturb it or give it up. That’s easy to understand.
But then there was Margie. She had an attitude that said she could chew you up and spit you out. In particular, she said she was tired of the everyday get-togethers at 4 PM at the local burger place with residents of her retirement complex. All they did, she said, was complain about aches and pains and tell how much they loved (or hated) their doctor, and reminisce about the past and tell and retell demeaning old people jokes. “I’m tired of it,” she whined.
One day Margie began wearing makeup and colored her hair “old age orange” and started to wear what was considered business clothes. She had gotten a job as a clerk at a local auto body shop. Did she look like a million bucks? Absolutely. Soon after, she was showing off a lovely engagement ring. At 78, she had gotten engaged to the 67-year-old owner of the body shop. Was it a miracle? More likely, it was just that Margie took the bull by the horns and took charge of her life.