Entrepreneurship and running a business is all about self-motivation. Everybody dreams of leaving their day job, starting their own business, and of freedom. No daily commutes to work, no boss looking over your every move, no deadlines. Everyone craves for the freedom to do what they love doing, pursue their passion, and doing it in their own terms.
What most do not realize is that entrepreneurship and being the boss take a lot of discipline and hard work.
While employed, most of the things you hate are actually your motivation to work. Deadlines, performance reviews, and pressure from supervisors are some of the strongest factors that drive you to finish the tasks and do a better job on it. Other motivational factors of employment include salary raises, peer approval, promotions, and keeping the job.
When you’re on your own, you are the boss. You set and follow your own schedule, you run your own business and enjoy the freedom from immediate pressure. But, too much freedom can also spell doom.
The greatest challenge to first-time entrepreneurs and even for independent freelancers is self-motivation. When off the structured system of employment and nobody is pushing them to do things, they are liable to take things a lot slower and work a little too sluggish. That is when productivity, creativity, and accomplishment suffer.
The strongest motivator is money. We all have important needs – shelter, a car, clothing, travel, family to care for, and passions to pursue. They all mean expenditures and we need money to sustain our daily living and the lifestyle we prefer. Earning good money could be an effective motivator.
But, using money to motivate yourself doesn’t always work. Setting up money as the goal is also an impossible feat. True success should not be tied up with one’s earnings and wealth.
A more meaningful, content, and fulfilled life is tied to one’s happiness. It is only when we find our passion and pursue it that we are happy. Happiness is distinct to every person. What makes your friend happy might be immaterial to you. And what makes you happy might be useless to him.
Find your happiness, and you will also find your passion, your motivation. Is your happiness bound on travel and discovering new places and experiences? Then there’s no point of you buying that big house, is there? Is your happiness in your family? Then maybe you should devise a working routine that will let you spend more time with them.
Is your passion and happiness on growing your company? Then, just get on with it. Focus your efforts on getting your company up and running, from surviving to thriving. Forget the money, it will come later.