There are a lot of articles out there that talk about why you should become an entrepreneur. Sure, you get freedom, can do what you love, and make money. But what many people don’t think about is all the good it does in your personal life. Let’s look at the ways being an entrepreneur can enhance your life.
1. It Provides New Perspective on Your World
I can’t explain it, but running your own business changes how you see everything. You begin to think as a business owner (which makes you feel pretty special, by the way). You see possibility everywhere, from that little Lego invention your kid made to how your yoga studio could change things around to offer even more classes.
2. It Fosters Learning
You might not have been an eager beaver about learning as an employee, but once you start your business, that changes. Suddenly, you’re eager to learn all you can about marketing/product development/finance. Even if you were a C student in school, you’re now at the front of the class, because it makes you a better business owner. You might even find that thirst for knowledge carries over into your personal life. Maybe you want to learn how to knit. Or take on a new language. You’ve got entrepreneurship to thank for that.
3. You’ll Feel More Balanced
Now, I’m not getting into the whole work/life balance thing here, but when you do what you love, everything else feels in sync. Contrast that to the way you felt when you worked for someone else, not doing something you were passionate about. You might have felt flat at the end of a long workday, where now you’re ready to take on the world.
4. Your Family Will See You in a New Light
If you’ve got the support of your family as an entrepreneur, you may notice they look at you differently. Your excitement for your business will be contagious, and they’ll want to help you make it successful. It’s a real boon to have a family who takes an active interest in your company, as you’ll feel accomplished in every facet of your life with their encouragement.
5. You’ll Fill Up Your Heart
I write a lot about my passion for my business, and I can’t imagine feeling complete without it. Entrepreneurs have this piece of their heart that is only full when they’re creating something from nothing and living out their dreams. No job working for someone else can fill it.
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6. You’ll Become a Better Human Because of Your Mistakes
Even the mistakes you make as an entrepreneur have benefits if you learn to accept them and learn from them. Use every error as a teaching tool to guide you to smarter living in all aspects of your life. For example, if you sent a client a document with an error in it, use that as a sign that you need to slow down and take time to ensure whatever you’re doing is flawless.
7. You’ll Grow Your Network
As an entrepreneur, you tend to attract other entrepreneurs to your inner circle. Whether you meet people through your client base, your staff, or networking events, you’ve got the potential to really connect with people who are just as excited about their businesses as you are yours. And that makes for excellent lifelong bonds.
8. You’ll Find Your Strength
Nothing will test your mettle as much as becoming an entrepreneur. You’ll overcome some pretty challenging obstacles, but as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. After even just a few months, you’ll look back at what you’ve accomplished and feel pretty darn proud of yourself. Use that strength and confidence to tackle other issues in your life.
9. You’ll Nourish Your Curiosity
Want to know how to use social media? Wonder about how your products are manufactured? That sense of curiosity will carry you far in business, and also extend into the rest of your life. Curiosity keeps you moving, and if you’re constantly willing to get to the bottom of how things work, you’ll never be bored with life.
10. It Makes Your Life Make Sense
Not to get all Jerry Maguire on you, but for me, being an entrepreneur completes me. I look back at my life and all the places I veered off the common path. Now I know I was an entrepreneur in the making. Being an entrepreneur is who you are. You’re willing to take risks and try new things. And your life will be all the richer for it.
About Nellie Akalp
Nellie Akalp is a serial entrepreneur and small business expert. She currently serves as the CEO of CorpNet.com, an online legal document filing service, where she helps entrepreneurs start a business,incorporate, form an LLC, and offers free business compliance tools. Connect with Nellie on Google+.