For as long as I can remember, I always wanted more.
I could never simply accept what was expected of me.
Or how society expected me to live or what ‘it’ thought I should aim for.
At school, I kept my head down, and bum up, working hard and diligently, in order to get ahead.
I knew that I had to temporarily fit myself into the mould that society and others expected of me.
But it was always as a means to an end.
I shut out the ‘noise’ of bullying and social convention – and worked by bum off.
To get into University, to get myself into the corporate world.
But it was always, as a way of earning decent money, so I could have the things I wanted.
And those early years in the corporate world – where I was doing what was expected of me – I always knew there had to be more.
For me, at least.
I just couldn’t accept that life was simply work hard, get a good job, climb the corporate ladder, earn comfortable money, retire and die.
(And don’t even get me started on becoming a mum, and what’s expected of us there!)
I wanted my life to mean more. I wanted to DO more.
I didn’t want an ordinary life. Certainly not a mediocre one.
Everything in me wanted to fight convention. Fight the system. Rebel against what was expected.
So I did what I had to do – in order to get where I wanted to be.
I did the 9 – 5 thing.
I kept quiet – ‘cause that was how I coped.
I forced myself to fit that ‘corporate mould’ as best I could.
Yet, sitting in those ridiculously mundane, quiet corporate offices – where everything was just so very GREY – I quite often got to the point where I was ever so tempted to run through the office naked, or dance on the table tops – just to liven things up.
I was bored. I didn’t mind what I did – the actual work was fine. And I learnt a hell of a lot about writing and websites, which is why my business is working so well now. I met some incredible people. It wasn’t always completely terrible.
But I couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting MORE.
Or of wanting to contribute to the world in a more meaningful way.
Now, I understand why.
Despite how quiet I once was, and how I forced myself to fit into a certain mould – I was always quietly rebellious too.
I kept it under wraps, as best I could. But occasionally, it would leak out.
I would suddenly argue with someone. Quit a job. Pull a sickie. Take that extra long lunch break, just to stick it to someone who didn’t appreciate me.
I think I was always born to be an entrepreneur.
Because most of us entrepreneurs are rebels.
We can’t accept what everyone expects of us.
We can’t accept society’s perceptions of what life has to be.
We challenge everything.
We want freedom, and flexibility to do things OUR way.
The question is then – what are you waiting for?
I’d be guessing that most of us are running an ok business.
But I’m also pretty certain you’re probably not earning the type of money you’d like or that you and your family really needs.
It’s easy to come up with excuses and justify where we are.
We’re just starting out. We don’t want to take too many risks, too soon. Etc.
In reality though, we’re probably just keeping ourselves safe. Our excuses and justification is working to keep us safe.
Trouble is safe = mediocre.
It doesn’t equal success.
And we didn’t start our businesses to be mediocre.
We started them to make a real splash. To make a difference. To achieve the most fantastical lifestyle we could ever imagine.
And if there is one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that sure, you can grow a business alone…but that’s the slow route.
If you want to speed your business journey and success up – you need help.
It’s all about getting help from professionals who can do what you’re not good at.
If you’re useless at accounts, get an accountant and/or bookkeeper.
If you’re useless at admin, get a virtual assistant.
And if you’re useless with websites, marketing or copywriting – get a me
All those years I spent forcing myself into those little grey corporate boxes?
Learning every single damn thing I could about this digital marketing game from within some of the worlds biggest organisations and companies?
Gave me some pretty cool skills that could well take your little business from mediocre to freaking spectacular.
I never want to have to force myself back into those grey boxes though, and I’m pretty sure you don’t either.
So, let’s see what we can achieve together…
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