Life is too short. Too short to not be happy, to not eat the cake, to be stuck in a job that doesn’t feed your soul.
So many people I know spend their Sundays dreading the week ahead, stressing about e-mails and deadlines and meetings. There is a very famous and perhaps overused quote which states, “When you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
I’m not sure I 100 percent believe that, because no matter how much you love your job – we all have tough days, and days that are most definitely “work” – that’s part of the human experience – however, I do believe that finding a way to love what you do is beneficial to our overall mental and physical health.
That’s where entrepreneurial thinking comes into play. When we think of the word “entrepreneur” we think of multimillionaires in Silicon Valley, who have built their successful companies from the ground up. We also think of moms who run small online businesses as a way to have flexibility while raising their children. We think of everything in between. There is no perfect definition or poster child of entrepreneurship. There are traits however that run throughout.
No 1. Passion: Passion for their mission, passion for their work, passion for the life they are creating.
No 2. Willingness to take risks: Entrepreneurship is not easy, and it is certainly full of risks.
No. 3. Creativity and out of the box thinking.
No 4. Desire to achieve a personal goal – more flexibility, wealth, social good, consumer problem solving.
Now even if you don’t run a business, consider applying these to YOUR life.
First, have passion for what you do – as Simon Sinek says, “Understand your why.”
Know your connection to the work you do and identify the things about it that make you happy – if you can’t, consider a change. This brings my second point – be willing to take the risk and branch out. Find something that you love to do if you aren’t fulfilled in your current job – or take the risk and introduce something creative and out of the box to your current position (point 3).
And finally – ask yourself, “Who am I, and what do I want? Who am I- truly, and deeply and to my core? What are my goals and dreams? What do I really want to accomplish and how do I truly want to live my life?” Use these questions to identify disconnects and direct the path of your life so that you can find a future and, even better, a NOW that you love.
You have the power to direct your destiny and decide how you will respond to the challenges that life throws at you – this is why you, yes you, are an entrepreneur – you are the builder of the business that is your life.
On Aug. 24, weVENTURE is hosting its annual IMPACT Business and Leadership Summit. This year’s topic is “Interesting Stories from Interesting Women.” Six women will share their journeys, the paths that they have carved out for themselves and the lessons that they have learned in the process. Attendees will hear from serial entrepreneurs, businesswomen, and social advocates. They will learn lessons about bravery, authenticity, overcoming barriers, storytelling, and having an attitude of gratitude. They will be inspired to start or continue building a life that fulfills them. This event is not just for women and entrepreneurs. This event is for anyone looking for inspiration and empowerment.
IMPACT will be held at The Henegar in downtown Melbourne from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday. Register now as the event is expected to sell out. Tickets are $75. To register and learn more about our speakers, visit weventure.fit.edu/events/impact_summit.php.
Erica Lemp is the executive director of weVENTURE. Twitter: @Erica_Lemp
Columnist series is sponsored by weVENTURE at the Florida Institute of Technology College of Business. weVENTURE has locations in Melbourne and Rockledge. The Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, visit weventure.org or call 321-674-7007.