Leaving the 9-5 work-life into entrepreneurship may be an unfamiliar type of work-life, but there are some qualities or principles we can still learn from our 9 to 5 and apply in our entrepreneurship journey.
Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey, and it needs lots of discipline to keep up, Yes it is not all about starting a business but how long you stay in business.
Thousands of people go into entrepreneurship each year, but only 40% stay in business, there are some traits we can learn from our workday life to make us committed into our new found journey.
Here are Ten things your 9-5 job can teach you about entrepreneurship
#1 We Show Up Everyday
The first thing you can learn from your 9 -5 jobs and implement on your entrepreneurship journey is that we show up every day. Every successful entrepreneur, business person, and digital entrepreneur know that showing up every day is the first key to success.
You need to be consistent in your work; you don’t just show up today and not show up tomorrow and want to be successful. In our 9-5 days we show up every day, that’s why we get paid, we can’t just wake up one day and say we will not work. Showing up every day can set you apart from your competitors.
#2 We Show Up In Whatever Condition
Remember those days it was raining and you still have to be at work, or when you have an emergency but you can just leave work so you reschedule for a non-working day. Yes, you need to apply this to your entrepreneurship journey if you want to be successful.
Being your own boss means you have to show up, even when you don’t feel like, believe me, those days would come when you will feel like not working, or when minor distraction would make you not accomplish any task for that day.
But you need to discipline yourself to show up no matter the condition, having a clear schedule would help you stay with the task at hand.
#3 We Are Committed Over The Long Haul
Commitment is very important in whatever we do in life, in our 9-5 life we have a long-term vision, it might be to retire at 50 or to get to the c-level position.
Entrepreneurship takes time to grow, having a long-term commitment is definitely a skill you need to have to be a successful entrepreneur.
#4 We Accept Remuneration Of Our Labor
One thing that would Never change about 9 -5 is that you would never get paid for doing nothing, while unless you are on a paid leave. Paying yourself for your labor is important, but only if you do the work that needs to be done.
Sometimes many entrepreneurs forget to pay themselves, it is good to reinvest your money in growing your business, but rewarding yourself for your labor is important.
#5 We Do Not Over-Identify With Our jobs
Being an entrepreneur can make your entire life be about your work, don’t let that happen to you. It is good for people to know you for a particular work, but don’t let it to an excessive degree where all you talk about it work.
#6 We Master The Technique Of Our Jobs
I don’t care whether it is the corporate world or working as a junior or flipping burgers at Mc Donald; you want to master your work. You want to be good at what you do.
Every entrepreneur knows this is the first rule to be an expert and authority in a market niche. You need to be very good at what you do. Grow yourself, go to a conference, read, get a course on your niche anything you need to do to master the technique of your job.
#7 We Have A Sense Of Humor About Our Jobs
No matter how serious, boring or annoying our jobs are, we always have something to laugh about. It might be a colleague, a boss, or a customer, we always have something to laugh about.
Entrepreneurship is sometimes a boring journey, but you need to laugh about something in your work, there is always something to laugh about.
#8 We Receive Praise Or Blame
We receive praise or blame for whatever we do in our 9 – 5, our boss, team member praises us when we do a good job and blame us when we don’t.
Same for an entrepreneur, you might not be getting praise and blame from a boss because you don’t have one or from a colleague, but you would diffidently get it to form your customers, fellow entrepreneurs, and sometimes from your competitors.
#9 We Do The Task Of The Day
I am sure you have heard the statement before, “your success is in your daily routine” well, I recently found out that is very true. We set long-term goals in our heads without achieving the little goals that make up the big goals.
The success of your big goals is in your small goals. When we show up at our 9 -5 jobs, we have the daily task that makes up the company yearly milestone, so focus on the task of the day because of that where the genuine success is.
#10 We Have Off Days
Yes, being an entrepreneur means we have to work every day, but don’t be tempted to work every time. You need to rest you need to set balance to your life; you need to set time to rest.
When working a 9-5 job, we have the weekend off, especially in the corporate world, you need a day off from your entrepreneur life too, if you want to be healthy. Must newbies entrepreneur thinks it’s about work every second, yes it is true you need to work hard, but while working hard set time to rest.
There a still lot your 9-5 job can teach you about entrepreneurship. Learn those excellent traits from your former work life and make your entrepreneurship journey worth the while.
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