by Melanie Curtis on December 6, 2012
So I’m currently writing this post from the balcony of my room at the Oasis Beach Tower in Dubai. I am a professional skydiver and was given the unique opportunity to come support our US teams at the Skydiving World Championships. This is hugely awesome on multiple levels… officially attending the grandest event our sport has ever seen, halfway across the globe, in a country and culture I’ve never experienced. Amazing. And the only reason I am here… because I’m an entrepreneur.
Being here on this Dubai dream trip has me feeling super grateful for leaping into this lifestyle, and inspired me to tell you about five bigger-picture benefits anyone (including you) can earn as an entrepreneur:
1. Freedom. Being the big cheese allows you to design your business and your life. Having a business that is non-location-specific is key for the most flexibility. Create a mobile system of organization and workflow that you can use anywhere, and you will have the ultimate freedom. Do what you want, when you want, wherever you want. For me right now, it’s writing this article, right here in Dubai.
2. No ceiling. When you are an entrepreneur, there is literally nothing between you and unlimited potential. May sound fluffy, but it’s true… as an entrepreneur, there are no corporate stopping points, no educational prerequisites, no boxes around your creativity, no limits on anything you want to make happen. Ahhh! That is just so inspiring to me! Use this fact as fuel to get off the fence or keep going once you’ve taken the leap into building your own business.
3. Being my own boss. Feel stifled being managed? Tortured by a bullsh*t boss? Feel strongly that without this management you would be killing it exponentially more? Being your own boss, you call the shots and can take every risk you believe in. You can confidently keep moving forward, taking efficient action knowing you’re in charge of your company’s direction, and your life.
4. Working with my best friends. Remember, just because you worked with an incredibly frustrating boss or team once, does not mean that every team or partner equals the same frustration. You can design a way to work with the people you trust most in this world, while also expanding your business, and maintaining your standard of quality, service, and awesomeness. That, and it’s ridiculously fun, highly accountable, and shockingly productive.
5. Education/Experience/Confidence. These three go together because they are inherently linked. As new entrepreneurs, we start off not really knowing a whole lot. Because we don’t know a whole lot, we’re forced to learn. We learn by doing. By taking chances. By assessing our progress. By reading. By talking. By doing. By trying again and again and again. In all that experience, we earn the confidence that only comes from taking on the tiger and living to tell about it. And that confidence carries us forward and builds on itself until we are the experts we started out aspiring to be.
Not to say it’s all easy roses, of course it’s not. Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage, perseverance, consistent action, fierce commitment to hard work, and a fire in your belly that will burn through any obstacle or rough patch. If you have these and are still sitting on the fence, I say go for it and see you in Dubai!
Melanie Curtis is a life coach, writer, world traveler, art lover, movie-maker, homeowner, professional skydiver, fiancé, and Founder and CEO of Highcomms.com. Melanie goes huge in her life, love-hilarity-awesomeness, and helps other people do the same through coaching, education, and personal connection.