I recently heard an interview where the guest said that you know you're truly an entrepreneur at heart when the thought of working at a regular 9 to 5 job is just simply inconceivable, and the alternative, to create a way to generate an income and be self employed feels like the only sane, realistic option (as I nodded my head vigorously). My thoughts exactly.
As long as I can remember I have had the entrepreneurial spirit. I'm not sure if it comes from a desire to run my own business necessarily, the money is always icing on the cake to me (which is probably part of the problem), but there is a passion that runs deep for creating something from scratch. It's the innovation, the ingenuity, the creative process, and problem solving of making something people need and want, that really lights my fire. It's the autonomy too. The creative freedom and the freedom to work within my own time frame and schedule are essential values mine. I don't know if I would survive long working for the Man, in fact, I know I would be miserable.
I know I have many working years still ahead of me, and I am still trying to figure out how to best translate my passions and purpose into a sustainable income. Creating Wishstudio and my own brand has been years in the making, and by my own accounts it is one that is wildly more successful than I ever could have imagined, but I am still trying to figure out what the next step is.
It is time for me to really dive into Work, with a capitol W. I have always worked hard on my creative projects, but truthfully I have never really worked at creating a business, at least not in any formal way and I know this is a big part of why I am still fumbling a bit. It feels like such a slippery slope, to be completely honest. I'm a little afraid of the business aspects taking over the creative aspects and drowning out the joy. Part of me knows this resistance is just that, a way to keep playing small and safe, the other part of me knows that there is a lot of work for me to do in order to up my game professionally.
I have been doing a lot of thinking on what it is I want my work to be, process vs. product, making a living but also making a life and taking steps that will support both. I am certain though, it is time for me to take the next step, whatever that might be.