When is the Right Time to Start Your Own Business?

“Why climb the corporate ladder when you can build an elevator in your own building?”
                                      ― Joshua E. Leyenhorst

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”.
                                      ― Steve Jobs 

Every faithful follower of the Student Companion website is fully aware of my personal vendetta against the flow, the perpetuated order of things. The system. In fact, I like to hear every time that our blog is making a difference. That’s not all.

I also get to meet people who rave to me about just how much they believe it’s the right time for them to start amazing stuff with their lives.

I get told a lot of things like, ‘I am quitting my job and starting my own business!’ or ‘I’ve found a mind-blowing idea that’s going to change the entire earth!’ Guys, I also get to hear from clowns who mimic the old version that says, ‘I am moving to Hollywood!’ for example. It’s amazing. However, I constantly get down to acute disappointment whenever I meet these folks months or years down the line, all of them still lingering with their dreams and nice speeches around.

What is the problem really? Is there anything like a perfect time to start your own business?

The battle between your head and your heart

The problem is not the lack of dreams or powerful ideas. The huge problem, I have concluded, is that many of these wide-eyed dreamers run stuff from their heads, and not from their hearts. Please stay with me here. Let me put it this way.

Your head says it’s okay for you to follow the code of the establishment and hide safely where you’ve been stationed.

Your heart advocates something of the opposite; it says rebel a bit and break the rules. Stick your nose out and do something painful with your life, something nobody’s ever attempted before in your family.

Your head tells you to lower your guards and gently trail on a path that’s got no pain. Your head says hesitate to quit your dead-end job; after all, the recession is still on. But your heart says it’s time to jump from the tallest of all buildings and try something in the midst of uncertainty. To risk with your precious life, to take the unfamiliar path.

Your head says you can’t shoot out on your own without a helping hand and start a business out of nothing, you must know somebody in power first, you must postpone your dream a bit while you are building contacts.

Your brave heart says you don’t need connections to run a business, you don’t need to personally know a minister or a mayor to start doing something useful. After all if high level contacts were a prerequisite to starting a business, how many businesses do you think would be into existence today? What if you start something because you know a person who guaranteed to support your company and after a few days he/she get removed from his/her position of power, will your  business bear the test of time?

Your head says it’s the things money can buy that really matter.

Your heart says the opposite. Your heart says perseverance. Your heart says help others and the rest will follow. Your heart says success is not money, but getting better at your craft.

Every day. Every hour…

Your head repeatedly bangs the ‘HOW’ question. Your heart says ‘JUST BRING ME THE CHALLENGE’.Do you really get this whole story? Nonetheless, on whose side are you? Do you agree with your heart, or you’re taking your head’s side? Either way, it’s up that one person; the one person who’ll ever care about your little life of comfort at the cubicle or an amazing life without borders. YOU!

I say, listen to your heart. After all, your head screams fear. But your heart says test the waters and see how far you can go. It’s about the journey. The brave listen to their hearts.

Are you brave enough?