It’s a very sad day… but also very clarifying and uplifting.
A couple weeks ago, I realized and accepted that I’m a wantrepreneur and not an entrepreneur. You might be asking, “What’s a wantrapreneur?” “Is there a difference?”
Entrepreneur (i/ˌɒntrəprəˈnɜr/), is a loanword from French. It is defined as an individual who organizes or operates a business or businesses. – via Wikipedia
The word Wantrapreneur is also a perjorative slang word for a person who wants to be an entrepreneur, but has either not made the full commitment or is pursuing the endeavor in a haphazard manner. – via Wikipedia
I have plenty of ideas, shared them, but haven’t taken the time or the plunge to execute upon them. Unfortunately, there isn’t a good reason. There are probably two reasons: procrastination and laziness. It’s not like I don’t have time… Anyone and everyone can make the time during the day to make a business happen. Once you cut out time spend reading blog articles and watching Netflix, there should be quite a few hours of free time. Another solution is to get up an hour earlier or stay up an hour later. There’s always time…
When you have a nice 9-5 job that pays well, why should you strive to start your own business? After all, you’re already doing well otherwise why pursue these other opportunities. Maybe you’re comfortable where you are and don’t want to take any risks? In my case, this isn’t true… This comes back to laziness. After all, I’m binge-watching the rest of Breaking Bad as I’m typing. Obviously, there are better things to do, right?
What’s important in your life? If you think something is important then you’ll put that at the top of your list. For the past few weeks I’ve been writing down my daily/weekly goals and activities. I was originally using the week chart by Dave Lee. However, there were a few things missing and I wanted to make it my own. With that said, here’s my version of the week chart (Google Doc / PDF). I use this document to track the items that I would like to complete on a daily basis. Take note, there are only 3 items per day. It’s much easier to focus on 3 items instead of a full list. Now, if you complete those three items, there’s nothing stopping you from doing more. The goal is to list out your activities, prioritize, and take action.
Since I started doing this I’ve found that I do accomplish more. I have my Google Doc up all of the time to remind me that there are things to do. Also, there’s satisfaction in being able to cross items out when they are done. Fill it out, print it, and take it with you wherever you go. It’s a constant reminder that things need to get done.
Bonus Tip – If you’re in a mastermind or some other group, share this with them. I’m sure they’re interested in the work that you’re doing but they can also help keep you accountable on making progress. Or, they can help you with your vision and provide insight into tasks that might be a time suck.
WIIFM – What’s in if for me? This is where I become selfish. Is my product or idea worth pursuing? Will it be a waste of time? Will I learn something? Will I even make money? I’m sure there more questions that you can ask yourself but always ask yourself – “What’s in it for me?”
The answer to that question needs to align with the 3 goals that I setup for myself:
- Location Independence
- Passive Income
- Zero Debt
If my idea can help support the above goals then I just might go for it. If it doesn’t then the idea isn’t even worth pursuing – at the moment.
F*uck it, ship it
Such wise words from the folks at the Opbeat blog. When it’s all said and done… If you don’t do the work, there’s nothing to ship. Get your stuff out there!
It’s time to stop with the excuses, prioritize, make time, and do some epic shit!