RISK IT: Sometimes the Only Way is Through
It's a Risk Either Way
Risk is an inbuilt component of the entrepreneur's journey. We risk a lot to step out on our own. We leave the comfort of a structure where someone else makes the decisions, covers the business expenses, and takes the ultimate rise or fall. It is both exhilarating and terrifying.
Many years ago, I was introduced to a powerful, spiritual woman in the sales industry. Artemis Limpert is one of the first Christian female entrepreneurs I discovered in my sales industry journey. Both she, and Dani Johnson, give me a foundation to model as a woman, and as a Christian, in a world dominated by male success stories.
Artemis was a very successful corporate sales trainer, with a six figure income and highly respected. But she was worn out from all of the work. When she was introduced to network marketing, she thought she'd easily transfer all of those skills into her new sales role and become a raving success. But it didn't happen that way. After a year, she was at a crossroad. She'd made little money and was stuck. She wasn't sure what to do next. Maybe it was time to go back to the corporate world.
In a nutshell, her mentor told her, "Artemis, you can go back. Of course you can. You were successful and you will be again. However, think about this. Is there anything back there for you except the money? Consider what is ahead of you if you keep moving forward and press through. It's up to you. There is a risk either way."
There are times I want to stick my head in the sand and ignore the world around me. I bet you feel that way, too. Life is hard. Business is hard. We feel unappreciated. Especially in the beginning, we are underpaid. Additionally, we work hours and hours behind the scenes to make our mark in the world. We want freedom, fun and flexibility - the hallmarks of the lifestyle business promise. Yet, we are often tied down to the process. Life is anything but fun, and we feel as flexible as dried spaghetti noodles.
It is important to realize entrepreneurs are natural risk takers or we wouldn't be here. As much as this is true, there are times I wish I was a person who could go back and let someone else take all the responsibility and give me a pay check. In fact, I'd wager you feel this way too, from time to time.
When you are made to be this way, there is only one solution when faced with an obstacle. There is no other choice than to move through the barrier - to cross the chasm and arrive on the other bank.
What if You Don't Want To?
Ultimately, you get to decide. You are the boss of you when it comes to this entrepreneur's journey. You can keep on with your own business, be an independent contractor - or go back to a j.o.b.
Obviously, it is up to you to weigh out the risk/reward and calculate what you will tolerate to get to the other side. Only you know what you can endure. I encourage you. do a risk/reward assessment. All things considered, allow yourself the freedom to make a new decision. Above all, always remember you aren't alone. Your life is on a path to bring good to you and glory to God. Finally, in the words of Germany Kent, “Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.”
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When you are at a crossroad, it can help to have outside perspective. I'd like to help you take the next step in the journey.