For the last several years you have been the CEO of the most important firm on the planet – your family. Nothing is more demanding than juggling the responsibilities of home, kids, play dates, school activities and community volunteering. The children are now growing up (or grown) and not dependent upon you. Now is the time for you to take a serious look at building your own business. The challenge is you’re not quite sure how to get started. If you have been dreaming of creating something of your own, stop wishing for it and get ready to put your vision into action by following these simple steps.
The first step to creating your business is simple – have an idea that you can fully commit to. Think about it. The reason you were an amazing parent is you were all in. Of course there were those moments when you wondered, can I really do this? Or, do I know what I am doing? You never gave up and walked away. You stayed the course and stuck by your child through thick and thin. In order to create a great business, you need to find something you can love just as much and have the same level of commitment.
Next, ask for help and advice. You didn’t raise your kids alone, so don’t build your business without help. Find people who have done what you want to do and ask questions. Seek support and be willing to say the magic words, “help me” and “I don’t know.” The ability to be humble is the best kept secret in entrepreneurism.
Third, tell everyone what you are doing and why you are doing it. It’s OK to have your friends, and even their friends, support you on this journey. If you think you can build something amazing by keeping it a secret – you are destined to fail. Once you have some success you need to brag and brag loudly. Your kids use social media all the time, take a few lessons from them and embrace this to share your story and brand your new business.
Finally, remember work is supposed to be fun. Building a business will be hard, full of struggle and even a few tears. Yet it should be exhilarating. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing every day, you are probably doing the wrong work. Laughter is a sign you are on the right path to building something special. Look closely at who you are surrounding yourself with and if they are having fun alongside you. The purpose of the work should be something bigger than just a paycheck. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “leave the world a better place.”
Written by: Peter Ezugwu
Peter Ezugwu is an innovative pioneer dedicated in his relentless drive to teach those around him how to empower themselves to exceed their goals and dreams. A former professional athlete, Peter is more than his achievements on the court. After more than a decade as a professional basketball player, Peter left the sport to begin his second career as a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Currently, he serves as the CEO of Future Stars, a company he founded and sold, and as the CEO at PowerVision. He spends most of his time focused on taking clients through intensive PowerSessions, leading Executive Coaching Sessions and inspiring audiences with his motivational and dynamic Keynote and Team Building sessions.