As I sit here tonight, toasting to a monumental win in my #noteinvesting company, I think back to the time I SWORE I would NEVER (EVER, EVER, EVER) be an entrepreneur!
A year or two (or three?) before I moved to SoCal I met dear, old (as in met in Kindergarten) friend for a glass of wine. He is a VERY successful entrepreneur and I remember asking all types of probing and personal questions. I didn’t know a lot of entrepreneurs so personally that I could ask all of these questions He told me entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart, for those without a substantial savings or for those who are used to living paycheck to paycheck. As a result of that conversation we both agreed entrepreneurship was NOT for me! Honestly, I will never forget that night on Hollywood and Vine and assuring him that I would NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER consider becoming an entrepreneur! Then we caught up on life!
Ohhhhh, how time is oh so funny! I meant every, single word that night! I never had any desire to be an entrepreneur. I was 110% convinced I didn’t have the guts (balls) for it and that it truly wasn’t “for me”.
As you know (or may not), I have been laid off 3 times within a 6 year span (so an average of ever 2 years). I soon realized that having a “job” was a lot less stable than being an entrepreneur! Oh what a different outlook from that night in LA!
So here I am: 10 months into entrepreneurship. This sh*t is hard! My friend is right it isn’t for the faint of heart, which I thought I was BUT I AM NOT!! And before this journey I never (EVER, EVER) thought I was cut out for this journey! A part of me wants to say, “I didn’t have a choice”, but I know better. I HAD and still HAVE a choice. Over the past few years my mindset changed; my desires changed. I wanted more (more than a “job” could give me). Losing my job(s) was the catapult I needed to literally force me to JUMP into entrepreneurship! I honestly don’t think I would have jumped on my own! And I believe with every single ounce of my being that God knew that too, so He pushed!
Tonight, as I blog (though my trendy niece told me it is so ol’skool) I am an entrepreneur!!! I have a note investing business, I have an REI business that helps change lives, and I have a freelance business. Yes, my plate is full, but God has graced me with a bigger plate. And, I have learned to say NO! So tonight, I cheers to MAJOR milestones and to being an entrepreneur!