You guys, I didn't plan on going all MIA on you, and I apologize for that. Time management is still something I'm working on with my new entrepreneurial schedule in sight, and it takes quite some adjusting. There are a bunch of deadlines breathing down my neck and a few events I'm attending this week, that's why I'm taking a (very) short blogging break.
However, I wanted to share this quote with you. I read it yesterday on Cassandra's blog, and it really struck a chord with me. I was in the train, returning from a conference about and with other women entrepreneurs. And no other quote could describe my state of mind better at that moment. With all the entrepreneurs popping up in the blogging world it may sometimes seem that running your own business is a breeze. That being passionate about something and wanting it really badly is enough. Well, let me tell you: it's more complicated than that. Being passionate about your subject really helps, but it isn't enough. In order to succeed, you have to have a vision, a bullet-proof strategy, a good plan that you follow step by step. You also need a generous dose of willpower that will help you overcome the problems and setbacks that will inevitably arise. And you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone, or you will never grow.
The funny thing is, I'm not a very adventurous person by nature: I don’t need adrenaline shots to feel alive, and I like to feel comfortable (I mean, who doesn’t?). In fact, the previous four years of my life were all about being comfortable: living with the Prince Charming, having a good, but not overly challenging job, planning a family...in short, I was just cruising. And then, BAM! Prince Charming turned into frog, my job suddenly bore me to death, and I hated the country I was living in. Changing all that required a lot of efforts and energy and testing my inner strength (and yeah, it is possible to dump or be dumped by your fiancé, move to another country and start a new career in a matter of one week). And that’s when, after so much time, I felt alive again. I was scared to death, I hated the uncertainty, I craved my comfort and wanted it back. But I accepted the challenge, moved on and started all over again. And I believe that this was the experience that gave me the confidence to start my own business. If I didn't go through all those tough times, I might never have been able to venture into the world of business all by myself.
Now, don't get me wrong. I still have my "moments" when I don't even want to get out of my bed in the morning. But I make a conscious effort to put myself through more challenges: it may be uncomfortable, but it is necessary. Comfortable doesn’t make me move forward. Challenge does.
And I know I promised I would be honest with you, so I feel compelled to tell you this: don't believe those who tell you that when you work on something you're truly passionate about, it doesn't even feel like work. Running your own business is always hard work. It doesn't happen with a flick of your fingers. But here's the difference: when you're working on something you truly love, it is all worth the efforts.
Thank you so much for listening to my ramblings. I hope I'll be back to normal schedule next Monday. Until then, have a fabulous, successful and challenging week!