I believe the jump into entrepreneurship was one of the greatest decisions I ever made. I now report to nobody. I work on things that interest me. And now that I'm financially stable after getting over the initial early stage hump, I can think about what I really want to do with my time.
And I truly believe you can too!
All it takes is a little bit of courage to quit the job. And then it just takes someone to invest time in your early growth. For me, this was a mentor. I wouldn't be where I am today without some early stage mentors. There were so many times I wanted to give up. There are still plenty of days where I think a 6 figure salary to sit on my butt and collect a few renewal contracts would be a much easier life.
But I'm simply not cut out for this. I need challenge. I need to come up with my own self directed goals. And I want to solve big problems.
I couldn't do this in a corporate job. There was no room to use my personal creativity. There was no room to explore solutions to big problems.
So, one Thursday afternoon in a 1v1 meeting with my manager, I told him I was done. He asked me, "What are you going to do?"
"I don't quite know yet, but something entrepreneurial."
And the rest is history. Making the decision to quit was the first step.
It made it much harder to turn back after this. Secondly, I searched for a mentor.
I remember sending the following email to a co-founder of a startup I respected:
"My name is Austin and I just quit my corporate job. I respect you as an entrepreneur and would love the opportunity to learn a few things from you.
What can I help you with in your day to day role? Send me a project to do and I'll be happy to help out."
I sent this for a whole week straight before getting a response.
I believe in equal opportunity. Every person on this planet should have the resources they need to start a business should they want to. But people have to stop making excuses!
Sometimes you gotta think outside the box to get what you want.
I also believe that entrepreneurship brings responsibility while also bringing a certain level of freedom that a corporate job doesn't have.
As a society, if we can continue encouraging entrepreneurs to start successful businesses, I believe we'll be in a better place to solve some of the world's greatest problems. But we first have to encourage entrepreneurship at the core. Entrepreneurs are the problem solvers.
Step 1: Help aspiring entrepreneurs make the jump to starting their first project
Step 2: Help early stage entrepreneurs find community through connections to other entrepreneurs & mentors
Step 3: Help entrepreneurs become financially stable
Step 4: Help entrepreneurs create wealth
Step 5: Encourage entrepreneurs to use wealth to solve big problems in the world such as climate change, clean water, and world hunger
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