When I first decided to go into self-employment, I felt some excitement, but there was also a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. For instance, I wasn’t sure if I was going to have any work the next month. Every day is unpredictable and you never really know where you will be a month from now. Luckily, I made it past those initial speed bumps which can potentially dissuade people from the entrepreneurial lifestyle and instead force them to opt for the predictability of a 9-5 job.
Like I said, I felt a lot of anxiety when I first quit the grind. However, that feeling was soon replaced by excitement as I started to take more risks.
I can’t remember where I heard this quote, but it goes like this: “When you feel anxious and excited at the same time, you know you are doing something right.” This basically equates to the fact that risk-taking is perhaps the most worthwhile and promising thing you will ever do.
People are afraid to fail and that is why they don’t take risks. I’ll tell you from personal experience: Right now, my business partners and I are in talks to secure funding for a risky new business venture. I’ve alluded to this project several times in previous posts.
The new venture is building websites on International Domains (IDN’s) for China. Taking this project on will mean we will have to table all of our other business projects at this time. That is scary because I am now giving up predictable income for possibly big, but unpredictable income.
As risky as it all is, I know I have to take these risks to see the big rewards.
This is going to be a short article, but I really wanted to pass along what I’ve learned from this recent experience. If you want to see big rewards, you must take big risks. This is what I have been doing and it is so damn cool, it’s scary.