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Choose your ‘hard’

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Should I Start a Business or Get a Job? Pros and Cons to Consider

As we embark on a new year, the thought-provoking quote “Choose your hard” resonates deeply. Life invariably presents challenges, whether in our personal relationships, health, finances, or careers. One pivotal dilemma that many face is the decision between starting a business or pursuing traditional employment. This choice exemplifies the principle of consciously selecting the difficulties we’re willing to embrace.

The Entrepreneurial Calling: Weighing the Pros and Cons

As an entrepreneur myself, I’ve often contemplated whether securing a job might be an easier route. I’ve often asked myself ‘should I start a business or get a job’. The allure of a stable income and defined responsibilities can be tempting when faced with the ever-present demands of running a business. However, upon closer examination, it becomes clear that both paths – entrepreneurship and employment – present their own unique sets of challenges and rewards.

The Unseen Burdens of Traditional Employment

Reflecting on my time in the corporate world, the workload seemed manageable – a set schedule, gym breaks during lunch, and evenings free for personal pursuits. Yet, beneath the surface lurked the weight of pleasing others, navigating office politics, and stifling my creative ideas. The “hard” in this scenario was an ever-present undercurrent of misalignment with my values and a lack of genuine fulfilment.

The Entrepreneurial Journey: Rewards Amidst Challenges

Transitioning to entrepreneurship introduced a different set of difficulties. The financial responsibility, uncertainty, and the weight of managing a growing team can feel overwhelming at times. However, the rewards far outweigh the challenges. Building a business is a true creative expression, affording me the freedom to work on my own terms, set boundaries, and continually grow both personally and professionally.

Moreover, entrepreneurship demands constant personal growth. There is no coasting – if you fail to create value and push yourself beyond your limits, your business will stagnate. This relentless pursuit of growth and evolution is a significant part of what makes the entrepreneurial journey so rewarding.

The Courage to Choose: Embracing the Path to Fulfilment

As I reflect on the journeys of my clients, like Yvonne, who recently took the leap into full-time entrepreneurship, I am reminded of the courage and determination required to choose this “hard.” Despite being well-versed in the challenges ahead, she has chosen a path of true fulfilment, recognising that both options present difficulties, but one holds the potential for greater rewards aligned with her values and aspirations.

Dispelling the Myth of Easy Success

It’s essential to dispel the myth that success should be easy. Social media often portrays a facade of relaxation and effortlessness, even for those running multi-million-pound businesses. The reality, however, is that challenges are inherent, no matter how successful one becomes. Even the most accomplished individuals, like Gabby Bernstein and Denise Duffield Thomas, acknowledge the constant work required to overcome self-limiting beliefs and embrace abundance.

Strategies for Navigating the Chosen Path

As you navigate the decision of whether to start a business or pursue traditional employment, it’s crucial to adopt strategies that support your growth and well-being:

  1. Mindset Shifts: When faced with negative thoughts, choose to reframe your perspective. As Gabby Bernstein suggests, if you don’t like what you’re thinking, choose again.
  2. Personal Development: Continuously invest in your personal growth, recognising that self-work is the foundation for generating lasting results.
  3. Community Support: Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who understand the challenges you face and can offer encouragement and accountability.
  4. Celebrate Milestones: Acknowledge and celebrate your progress, no matter how small. These victories fuel your motivation and remind you of the rewards that accompany your chosen path.
  5. Self-Compassion: Embrace the ebb and flow of the journey. Even the most successful individuals experience moments of doubt and discouragement.

Should I start a business or get a job? A Thoughtful Comparison

While entrepreneurship demands unwavering dedication and a constant state of “being on,” traditional employment harbours its own set of obstacles – office politics, lack of creative freedom, and a sense of unfulfillment. Here’s a closer look at the key differences between these two paths:

Starting a BusinessGetting a Job
Financial responsibility and uncertaintyStable income
Wear multiple hats (marketing, accounting, IT, etc.)Defined role within a team
Creative freedom and ability to set boundariesLimited autonomy and decision-making power
Constant personal growth and challengePotential for stagnation and lack of fulfilment
Unlimited earning potentialCapped salary and promotions

Ultimately, the choice between starting a business or pursuing traditional employment is a highly personal one, shaped by your values, goals, and willingness to embrace the unique challenges of each path.

In Conclusion: Choosing Your Path Mindfully

As you navigate this new year, I invite you to reflect deeply on the path that aligns most closely with your vision of a fulfilling life and career. Ask yourself ‘Should I start a business or get a job? Both options present challenges, but one may resonate more profoundly with your aspirations and values. Embrace the difficulties that align with your goals, for it is through these struggles that we grow, evolve, and ultimately thrive.

I’d love to hear about the choices you intend to make in 2024 and the factors influencing your decision between entrepreneurship and traditional employment. Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences, as we navigate this pivotal crossroad together, choosing our path mindfully and with intention.

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