Do you believe you have to have an original idea to start a lifestyle business?
Or worse, do you think you have to be something you aren’t in order to take action?
Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief, because you don’t need either of those to create a business that supports your lifestyle.
What I do here at Wake Up Cloud isn’t amazingly original, but I am passionate, and I inject my myself into what I do.
I tell my story and I share my experiences.
A few years ago, I let the belief of an original idea hold me back.
I looked at successful entrepreneurs. They were smart, wise, and connected, while I wasn’t.
Or at least that’s what I thought.
So I did nothing for years, until I snapped
I had excuses that kept me from starting.
When I thought I wouldn’t have anything to offer, I was afraid that people wouldn’t like what I did.
When I looked at successful entrepreneurs in the niche I wanted to jump into, I saw only failure and impossibility.
These excuses seemed like facts instead of figments of my imagination.
They held me back until I realized I didn’t have to be perfect, or the best.
I only had to enjoy what I did, because from that enjoyment would come dedication, and from dedication, expertise.
Reaching the tipping point
One day I woke up and thought, “enough is enough. It’s time to start.”
I didn’t care whether or not I was original, or if I was going to succeed.
I knew that if I didn’t start now, I’d simply live another day in regret, and that wasn’t an option.
I had my doubts, fears, and worries, like anyone else.
I didn’t know what I was passionate about, but I did know what I was interested in.
I’d been stuck in my head for so long that I’d finally had enough.
It was time to take the first step
I focused on taking one step at a time.
I learned what I needed to learn as I went along, and it brought me here, to your computer screen on this fine day.
As I’ve taken one step at a time for over the last five years, I’ve realized that one of the keys to success is action.
Everyone has ideas and dreams, but very few do anything about it.
You don’t have to find the perfect niche, an original idea, or create a groundbreaking product.
Yes, it helps, but it rarely happens right away.
So, you have to ask yourself one important question.
What’s holding you back?
Are you looking for something to be other than what it is?
Maybe you think you’ll start when you have enough information, or enough time to build a lifestyle business, but it doesn’t work like that.
You don’t need anything other than what you’ve got.
When you take action, you learn, you grow, and you make progress.
You can spend years trapped in the search for an original idea, but it won’t get you anywhere.
The only thing that will make a difference is to take that first step, just like I did when I started.
It took me years to realize what needed to be done.
I can only hope that it doesn’t take as long for you.
I once thought I needed something I didn’t have to do what I wanted.
Now I don’t.
Now I just go ahead and do it, without the pesky middlemen.
I still have excuses and fears pop up when I expand and learn, but I keep taking action.
I keep moving forward one step at a time.
And if you want to start your own lifestyle business, you’ll have to do the same.