There are misconceptions that crop up when considering a more aligned life path, especially when that path is a new business.
Let’s say you’re considering a heart-centered social media management business because deep connection is missing online and you want to step up and serve there.
You’re pondering a reiki-meets-executive-coaching practice because energy work saved you once you moved into corporate management.
You’re all full of gusto at the beginning and then some Truths start to set in.
Knowing about them now will help you stay balanced when they appear. And prevent you from thinking something’s wrong with you or your choices because you feel this way.
Here are 3 myths every entrepreneur should know before they start:
1. The work will be easy since it’s your calling.
Callings and new businesses don’t come easy.
First, it’s hard because you don’t have the skills to kickass yet. So there’s this getting your craft up-to-snuff phase, and then, a mastering-it phase. Both phases are messy and haaaaaard.
Second, it’s hard because you really want this dream to succeed. So you put a lot of skin in the game. You work even harder than you did in your day job. Which is saying a lot.
2. There’ll be no failures.
There’s a myth that if it’s your calling (like maybe there’s even something divine at play), then it will go smoothly. Free from failures!
Early in my coaching days, I actually wished that my clients would cancel their appointments because I was so nervous about the quality of my new skills.
Learning involves making mistakes, and being conscious of that is uncomfortable!
But! That’s doesn’t have to be bad news.
Failing often at the outset means you’ll get good really quickly. Much more so than if everything goes smoothly.
You’ll make your mistakes when your audience is smaller and you know your client base intimately. That can feel more forgiving.
3. You’ll like it all the time.
All dreams suck some of the time.
Even the most dreamed-of business has admin work that makes you want to scratch your eyes out (tax-time, anyone?) or collaborators you wouldn’t choose if you could help it.
That’s why it’s really important to look at the ways your dream will suck before you go down that path. So you’re not thrown off by it.
Which one of these myths was surprising to you? How does that change how you approach your dream? Let us know in the comments below.