I don’t know about you, but it seems like every week, someone I know or follow is joining the ranks of the blissfully free lifestyle entrepreneur. Seriously. Every week.
Look around, spend some time reading blogs and you’ll see what I’m talking about. The stories are everywhere: Dave Navarro just quit his day job, Adam Baker had a killer first product launch and Everett Bogue started making money in his sleep.
These are just a few examples of people I respect and keep up with online. You probably know dozens of others.
It’s awesome that these people are each realizing their dreams, but it’s even more remarkable that many of them started their lifestyle businesses so recently. Dave created The Launch Coach in January of last year, Baker started Man vs. Debt just over a year ago, and Everett is only six months into blogging at Far Beyond the Stars.
It’s amazing how much a motivated, committed person can accomplish in about a year’s time. If anyone tells you you’re crazy for thinking you can earn a living online doing something you’re passionate about, kindly ask them to stand aside and watch you do it. Show them some of these examples.
Sure, everyone who “makes it” is especially talented and hard-working, but surely are too, right? Plus, if you have half the work ethic and creativity of the three guys I mentioned, you’ll still do just fine. Maybe it will take you an extra year to succeed, but what is two or three year’s effort compared to the ultimate in life-changing freedom?
The World Really Is Changing
I know that referencing a few stories of success doesn’t count as providing evidence of some greater change. The plural of anecdote isn’t data. I’m not going to give you statistics here about how the economy is changing (I’ve already done that) and how it’s changing in favor of the self employed. But it is.
Trust me when I tell you that the place to be right now isn’t inside the walls of a giant decaying corporation. Job security is now a myth. There will still be corporate jobs for some time for those willing to put up with the increasing demands, workload, competitiveness and decreasing freedoms associated with them. But do you want to be the one who sticks around long enough to turn out the lights?
I didn’t think so.
Luckily, we’re at a fantastic point in the transition from the corporate-run economy to the individual-empowering economy. We’re not so close to the start of the transition that it’s too hard to figure things out for yourself, and not to close to the end that it’s too competitive to gain traction.
If you’re an aspiring lifestyle entrepreneur, you’re right in the midst of a perfect storm of elements coming together to make your wildest dreams possible. Take an unstable economy, failing institutions, and dissatisfied workers and combine that with unbridled technology and stunning examples of people who have already succeeded (and are willing to help you do the same) and it’s obviously the best time in history for people who want to realize personal freedom through a very small business.
That’s the bet that I’m taking, and the bet that many of the most creative, capable and inspiring people I’ve ever met are also taking. The upside is the lifestyle of our dreams. The downside is that we all go back to cubicles or wherever else we came from. Seems like an easy choice.
What’s Your Plan?
If you’ve been on the sidelines up ’till now, you might be jealous of the progress you see other people making all around you.
The feeling is healthy, but don’t take it too far. Feeling some pressure to succeed will help you move ahead. Feeling like it’s too late for you or that you don’t have what it takes are useless self-defeating emotions. Catch them every time you feel those feelings coming on and redirect your thoughts to what might be.
This isn’t a zero-sum game. There is plenty of room for everyone reading this to create the perfect lifestyle business of your design. Think abundance, not scarcity. Reach out and accept the help that people are willing to give you and reach back and offer the same to the person a little behind you.
Don’t fret over the time you’ve already spent not getting anywhere. Look ahead. Make a plan and get started. We’re all here waiting to help.
Do you feel the change? What’s your plan? Please share.
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