Entrepreneurship Chronicles: Month One Reflections

“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for,” John A. Shedd

I can’t believe that it has already been a month of working for myself.  To be perfectly honest, this past month just flew by.  I have been BUSY.  One of the most common fears (and should I say, widespread myths?) of an employee is that if they leave the employer and work for themselves, there is a chance that that steady flow of income will be gone.  I was not an exception to this type of fear.  After one month of working for myself I can say that this is not entirely untrue, but it is mostly blown out of proportion.  As a matter of fact, in the past month, one of the most challenging aspects of working for myself has been to schedule clients and make time for office hours. I simply feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that I want to do. 

The biggest question though, as I was preparing to leave my life as an employee and preparing for my life as an entrepreneur was, how will it feel?  I envisioned feeling nervous, anxious about having taken this huge responsibility on my own and leaving the comfort of a secure paycheck.  Will I have enough clients?  Will my income decrease?  I am happy to say that those fears were unfounded.  My income revenue is strong, and I have been expanding on a daily basis.  Life is pretty good on this end.

As I revisit my decision every day, I can say that I have NO REGRETS.  I am the owner of my time.  My income is directly affected by my own efforts and capacity.  I have the immediate possibility of growth.  I dictate the rules and regulations of my business.  And most importantly, I PUT MY CLIENTS FIRST.  I was raised by the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you,” and my previous employer did not live by this rule.  I could no longer bear the agony of having to put my own judgement aside to deliver policies that were not conducive to the principles I live for:  Social Justice and Equity.

Today, I live the life I want to lead.  I am a true professional, a true educator, an advocate and coach for families of special needs.  I no longer feel like a highly paid pencil-pusher.  All I can say is: I wish I had made this decision earlier!

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I Did It!

Exactly 2 weeks ago today, I left the world of working for someone to enter the ranks of those who work for themselves.  How does it feel?  Exciting! I think my husband summarized it best when he gave me this card on my last day of employment.  It read:

“Imagine Doing what you Love, and Loving what you do, being happy from the inside out, experiencing your dreams wide awake, being creative, being unique, being you—changing things the way you know they can be—Living the life you always imagined”  He nailed it. As I’m writing this post, this is exactly what it feels like.

My first day as an entrepreneur felt challenging but also exhilarating, full of possibilities.  I moved from a job that as my last days approached I found intolerable, to one that made me excited for Mondays.  What led me here?  Let’s just say that this has been years in the making.  I always had the entrepreneurial bug within me.  I think I inherited this from my dad, whom everyone called “buscavidas” (hustler), as I always had a hard time conforming and allowing the status quo and bureaucracy make things difficult for those people who need help. 

Then, a chain of events started to happen.  Let’s just say that it was as if the universe was telling me it was time to quit was I was doing in favor of what I was always meant to do.  I could say that it was a series of both, unfortunate, and fortunate events that got me there, but in essence, I left a world that felt fake, uncaring, and every-man-for-himself type of world, where everyone spends and unreasonable amount of time covering their butts, for one where not only my butt, but my heart and soul are exposed for everyone to see.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

I decided that from now on I will utilize this platform so that everyone out there can understand and realize that when they think they don’t have a choice, what they are really referring to is that they don’t like the choices they have, and they choose the one at hand because it is the safest, rather than expose themselves and choose what’s right. 

There is always a choice!

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