I spent the first part of my day today contemplating what it means to be an entrepreneur(I know, it sounds really lame but it's just something I like to do).
As some of you may know, I have worked online for myself since the age of 16, so this whole make money online thing is 'what I do'. While I am new to IM, I have spent a lot of my time developing the mindset of an online entrepreneur.
Over the years, I have noticed that my friends and I are quite different in the aspect of how we make money/how we plan our future.
I have tried to inspire a lot of my friends to start online businesses. I have even sat there and planned out every aspect of the business for them, yet they never follow through. At the time of the planning, they always seem really excited, asking me all sorts of questions, genuinely seem interested in trying to make some money online.
Which is totally awesome - I so desperately want a real life friend who I can talk shop with.
But that's not the problem.
The problem is, as soon as I remove my influence - IE me not being there telling them what to do, the interest in making money online pretty much vanishes within a day or two.
A few days later I call them up to see how their progress is coming, and sure enough they are exactly where I left off, without doing any of the action steps I outlined to them.
I mean I give everything to them on a silver platter - 'do this, next do this, then this, then this', yet none of them ever follow through. And I'm not talking about setting up some complicated web hosting business or anything like that - just some plain old affiliate marketing where you write some content, add some affiliate links, build some back links and wait for the money to come in. Like honestly, it takes no skills at all.
So I think, OK, no big deal - maybe they are just busy that week. More time goes by(weeks, months), still no action.
Naturally, I want to know why, so I ask. Here is what they always tell me
- "I've been thinking about it..." (God, that makes me sick!)
- "I needed to make some money" <- Duh! What? do you think I do this stuff for fun?
- "I started a new job."
- "I just don't think it will work." <- What the hell?
I fully believe that there really isn't much difference between my friends and I(brain power, skill sets, etc). Hell, some of them are way more qualified to be doing some of this stuff than I am.
So what explains the difference in behavior?
Is it because we are programmed to work for someone from day one?
I can vividly remember almost every one of my teachers saying these phrases:
- "When you grow up and get a job..."
- "This will look good on your resume."
- "What will an employer see in you?"
Not once have I EVER heard a teacher talk about starting your own business. NOT ONCE.
Is this some sort of mass conspiracy to make citizens slaves??
I also understand that people like certain jobs, which is totally cool. But if you hate your job, or want more ways to make money, why not try and start your own business?
Can someone please enlighten me on the mindset of 'work' people who do the whole 9-5 thing?
I have never really done any of those 'job' things, so I have no way to understand the mindset of someone who does that.
Any input is appreciated!