You will never reach your full potential until you find what you were born to do.
I have worked in a variety of positions in different industries. While I have always made the best of, and committed myself to every job, I never felt truly at home until I opened Coltivar. As an entrepreneur who resigned from my last job to start my own company and chase career fulfillment, I have had a lot of people confide in me regarding their dissatisfaction with their jobs. Oftentimes, these people can’t identify exactly what is out of balance, but express an overall lack of passion and direction in their careers. Many come to discuss opening their own businesses- creating a company where they can finally “do what they want.”
While I am not out to discourage from pursuing dreams, being your own boss oftentimes involves less glamor and more early mornings and late nights, unexpected complications, and higher stress levels than anticipated. As billionaire entrepreneur Stephen A. Schwarzman, co-founder of the Blackstone Group said, “The entrepreneur who is sleeping soundly, something bad is happening to that person, they just don’t know it’s happening yet.” Running a company involves significant risk and sacrifice. It requires one who can effectively delegate, completely dedicate, and continuously collaborate.
Being your own boss doesn’t mean that you are free from having people tell you what to do. When you’re in charge of a company, you must be a more acute, open-minded listener, constantly seeking feedback, even when it’s negative.
I believe that entrepreneurs are born, not created. Different colleges push entrepreneurial courses onto students that may fine-tune skills for those with the suitable entrepreneurial characteristics, but they cannot transform apples into oranges. Just as some are destined to be managers, administrators, researchers, teachers, or marketers, some are born with the innate desire to start their own business. And those who are not born with the entrepreneurial drive will never find success or contentment in running their own companies.
If you are to tread down the entrepreneurial path, ensure that you are doing it for the right reasons.
We violate our spirits when we neglect the unique talents and interests that we are born with. We will always be more successful and happier working somewhere that incorporates our interests and maximizes our gifts. I encourage everyone to consider what they enjoy, what they excel at, and what they value.
Seek jobs that feed your spirit rather than just your bank account.
If you do happen to be interested in entrepreneurship, consider CEO of Evernote, Phil Libin’s wisdom: “There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.”