51 Reasons Why Entrepreneurship Is My Path to Fulfillment

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Entrepreneurship is like having children. I will explain. First of all, it is not for everyone — sorry if that shocks you on either side of the statement; the truth tends to do that to me too. The simple truth is that you must be made for them to survive and thrive.

Much like having children, you fall in love instantly, completely and irreversibly. Love takes but an instant to overwhelm you when the right thing comes along. But with children, you exclaim, there is the physical and biological bond. Not always. Take a look at adopted children; their parents love them instantly, deeply and truly despite lack of those bonds.

Just like with children, entrepreneurship marks a point of no return in your life. There is no return policy on those little darlings once they arrive and similarly, there is no going back to working for someone else once you have broken the ties. I mean, well, of course you could technically get a job at another place; however if you were made for entrepreneurship like me, the choice of return to corporate world would not be without excruciating pain, heavy sacrifice and kissing fulfillment and freedom goodbye.

Once the bird is set free, it can never go back to even a golden cage, regardless of the appeal and the opulence.

And I assure you I did not write that just to fill the blog post with good prose.

But it is just not right to compare entrepreneurship to children, you may argue. Well, let’s see, entrepreneurship is hard, hard work, most of which goes very unnoticed in the eyes of the world. It can cost a fortune to grow. It can give you heartbreak and disappointment. It can and does keep you up at night and yet you smile at the whole prospect in the morning every time. It can be frustrating and thankless, brutal and challenging, and the return on the investment may not show up for a while, if ever.

Nonetheless, you put your heart and soul into it and do not question your choice for a second.

What part of this is not similar to the nature of children (not yours, of course, but other people’s!)?


51 Reasons to Be an Entrepreneur

However if you need even more reasons why I was made for the adventures of entrepreneurship, I prepared to meet you on that demand, my darling readers. I was made for entrepreneurship – perhaps you will find that you too were made for it – because:

  1. The idea of working for myself exhilarates me to no end.
  2. I am finally able to express the passions of my soul within a business context.
  3. I am doing something meaningful with my life.
  4. I am certain of my path and of my success - both present and eventual.
  5. My motivation is through the roof. Every day. All daylong.
  6. I have never been this inspired to be able to live so that I could work.
  7. It is so the opposite of all things corporate and that thrills me to no end.
  8. I get to do things my way.
  9. I can put my self-discipline to optimal use.
  10. My raw ideas matter and my uncensored opinions rule.
  11. No one wastes my time anymore because I am in charge.
  12. I can make my own decisions without the anxiety of approval.
  13. Everything is up to me. The accountability excites me.
  14. The constant learning is the best aphrodisiac for my mind.
  15. Failures fuel my energy rather than drain it.
  16. The amazing [blogging, social media] community is like my family.
  17. The social butterfly princess inside me is finally satiated (see #16 for reason).
  18. My love of exploration of new things can thrive.
  19. There are no boundaries – geographical or otherwise – to my business or my social network.
  20. I simply revel in the idea of my own product creation.
  21. I use and grow my communication skills every day.
  22. I have the privilege of doing public speaking and thus sharing my message with a live audience.
  23. I can use my imagination to my heart’s desire.
  24. I rejoice in choosing my own technology and tools, whether it is Thesis Theme for my site or Twitter as a social platform..
  25. I am free of all politics, bureaucracy, and idiocy.
  26. I can cultivate true leadership skills.
  27. My technical knowledge can dedicate itself to worthy aspirations now.
  28. My artistic side has a chance to breathe and express itself.
  29. My independent nature can shine and thrive in this environment.
  30. I do not have to ask for “time-off” to go on vacation.
  31. I am no longer a “number” in an organization, a structure or a team.
  32. I get to say no to working with mediocre minds and choose my own network.
  33. I set and unset my own hours and change it as frequently as I wish.
  34. The mobility aspect is still sexy, even to a work-from-home junkie such as me.
  35. My goal-oriented disposition will lead me to success.
  36. The joy of coaching people to develop smart habits is inexplicable.
  37. It let me crush a significant fear by walking away from a lot of money and security.
  38. The self-growth of the journey alone makes it worth the while.
  39. It is fun to think outside the box or rather, crush the box altogether.
  40. It is liberating not having a boss. Or a director. Or a VP. Or anyone over me.
  41. Building something from scratch has never felt so good.
  42. I use my powers of influencing for good and important things.
  43. I love selling now that I sell only that in which I believe.
  44. Honesty and integrity can finally be the best and only policy.
  45. Following my heart had been way under-rated. Not any more.
  46. I can live a life with no regrets.
  47. All things are possible. On all fronts. Limitations are permanently removed.
  48. The competition is healthy, you know, as opposed to cutthroat.
  49. It has shown me just how brave I really am. Stunned about that every day.
  50. Everyday is exciting, unexpected, and filled with possibilities and new things.
  51. I get to say, “I run my own business.” Rather than “I work for…” — how long have I waited to say that?

These are only the first 51 reasons on a journey that I have no doubt was made for me and why professional blogging has opened up more doors for me than I can count. I expect to have more in the months and years to come. Until then, I simply urge you to do one thing: to live a life that will never lead you down a road of regret because finding your way home from that road may just prove too much for the soul to bear.

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Do you have #52 reason for us? Please share your thoughts in the comments and be sure to spread the love of entrepreneurship to whomever in your life that might benefit from it.

The lust for comfort murders the passions of the soul.
~Gibran

  • Andy Hayes

    Only 51? Totally agree with you all around.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Andy, I ran out of steam after 51 ;)! There are many, many more….! Thank you.

  • http://www.constantworkinprogress.com Veronika

    I’ve got 6 more weeks to go before I finish my current job and start working for myself and those last few weeks are proving so hard for me to get through. Each day, before I head to the office, I kind of try and switch myself onto auto-pilot mode just to get through yet another day at the office, not a good way to live but it’s the only way I can get through this. But the end is nearing and I can almost smell the sweet scent of freedom and reading your posts is definitely helping me to get through these last few weeks before I can break free :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Veronika, welcome to prolific living! Oh you can SO do it. I won’t lie to you – when you have already “left the building”, it is hard to stick to it another hour BUT you are in a great place because you have made the grand decision, there is no uncertainty and it’s just a matter of passing these weeks. The worst part for me was building up to the resignation and just going through the process and after that, my last 2 weeks were a breeze because my focus was on the future. So put your focus, your real energy, your thoughts and your plans all on the future. Think up of great ideas and lay the foundation of your new life and I assure you that your sweet freedom will arrive before you know it! Thanks for your comment and hope to see you again.

  • http://www.yourextraordinaryfuture.com Sean Cox

    Outstanding Farnoosh! Yes, thank you! What a wonderful list. What really resonates with me from your list, loud and clear, is freedom. It sounds like that’s a major theme–you’ve found a platform and process to express the very best of who you are and who you will be becoming. That’s very cool. And you’re obviously on the right track, as your passion and enthusiasm is right out there front and center! Keep going! And there is no turning back, is there? Its impossible for you to go back to corporate life–you can’t unscramble the egg.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Sean, welcome back! You must be my greatest supporter, thank you. Do you know how many times I’ve repeated your words – hilarious and true – “you can’t unscramble the egg!” – not that I even eat eggs but so true. I am in this case the egg of course ;)!
      Anyway, thanks again and again and I so appreciate your words here. I hope that the inspiration is contagious.

  • Henway

    I definitely agree with you on all those points! I think once you enter the land of entrepreneurship, there is no turning back. You’ve seen what the experience is like, how much more alive you feel, and there’s absolutely no way you can remain in corporate America for the rest of your life.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Henway, no turning back indeed – and it does not take long to know it. It’s time to forge ahead and create a new path altogether. I trust you are doing the same! Thanks!!

  • 1linerjokes

    Love your enthusiasm. You are right that once you start working for yourself then there is no going back. Glad the article stopped the metaphor before selling children like selling businesses!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi there and welcome to prolific living. No going back. Oh yeah, hey listen I bet there is a price point at which some parents might give up those little darlings too ;)! But point well taken!! Thanks for the laugh.

  • Sadya

    #52. My job or my organization is no longer my identity. People & places constantly reinforce our identity and if we having been struggling to change that without changing the people around or the place that identifies us, then its all really a waste. When you are associated with a company for so long ( 7 1/2 in my case, 11 in yours) then the company’s identity becomes your identity. the truth is you always hated that , you were always your own person, but the world could no longer differentiate b/w you & your job. You always knew you were not your job, now everyone will now that.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Sadya, thanks for #52. I know that for the first few years, my identity was indeed with my company. We are not our jobs and our companies. We are indeed our own personality. Good point. Thanks

      • http://www.thedynamiclife.com Hugh

        When you are what you do, when you don’t, you aren’t.

        Think about it ;-) Fantastic post, Farnoosh! Thank you so much for sharing!

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          Hugh, a bit confusing
          Are you saying we become what we do?
          Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by!

          • http://www.thedynamiclife.com Hugh

            NO, not at all. The quote is an agreement with what you said above: We are not our jobs…we are our own personalities.

            It applies more to the traditional employment framework (employee of a company) – when the company’s identity becomes your identity and you lose your own personal identity, then you are what you do. What follows is that when you do not or are not working in that company or on that business, then you have no identity (you aren’t). It’s kind of a quote of admonishment – be careful not to lose your own identity when giving so much to your company. You are not what you do.

            Perhaps the quote can be expanded to make it clearer, something such as: “When you lose your own personal identity and instead adopt the identity of the company you work for an in, when are not working for or in that company/business, you look in the mirror and you have no personal identity. But the beauty of the quote, for me, lies in its simplicity and minimal # of words.

            OK, that’s enough of a ramble :-) Hope that helps clarify the quote.

            • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

              Ok the “ramble” made more sense :)! Yes I think we are in vehement agreement, dear Hugh. Let me not be reminded of how I lost my own identity to a company I used to adore. I could not wait to introduce myself by saying “I work for .. ” – that was me and it got old very fast because the roads between our two identities diverged vastly! So I know first hand what you mean. Luckily, I noticed how stupid it was to give up my fabulous identity for one that I did not even value or respect so I started to reclaim who I am. It’s important to have strong pillars that identify us and to remember those when we stand alone and have nothing – no attachments, no possessions, no connections – if such a day were to ever come. Then, those pillars are truly who we are. And now I end my own ramble. Over and out. This was fun!

  • http://louieandi.wordpress.com/ Gustavo

    Love your blog and I need your help!!!
    Trying to break free from the bondage of life….
    Hope to hear from you !
    G.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Gustavo, great to hear from you and I am happy we are talking on email so that I can help you with more in exactly what you need. Talk soon.

      • http://louieandi.wordpress.com Gustavo

        Farnoosh,

        My sincere appreciation!
        I am relentless and this I know. I look forward to working with you!
        Thank you sooooo much !!!

        I feel better already :)

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          If you are relentless, then you shall succeed. The rest is detail and we will work on those together. Tell me when you are ready!

  • http://www.shakeoffthegrind.com Joe Wilner

    Farnoosh,

    Wonderful post! I would have to agree with everything you mention. Being self-employed is such an exciting reality that I can finally start to recognize. I’m not fully there yet, but so so close. Having unbridled creativity and complete flexibility is amazing and are some of the most appealing aspects. For me, the next step is to actually having a self-sustaining business, with a clear system and infrastructure that can go on without me. It would be a dream come true to make money without actually having to be the service provider. Until then, self-employment it is, but I am very happy for that.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi again Joe and thank you!!
      I was curious as to whether you are self-employed or not. But I am still confused about your message because you end up saying you are self-employed? ;)! Anyway, passive income is probably the best way to grow the kind of business you talk about. Best of luck!

  • http://www.poweredbyintuition.com Angela Artemis

    Hi Farnoosh,
    51 great reasons indeed! Being in sales I myself I especially like these two:
    Selling is fun when you’re selling what you believe in, and this environment fosters healthy rather than cutthroat competition.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dearest Angela, I knew they’d resonate with you after our talk that night. Thanks for stopping by!! :)

  • http://zeroto60andbeyond.com barbara

    I’m getting the feeling you are happy with your new path. ;-D

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Happy doesn’t begin to explain it, Barbara :))!!

  • http://www.thedailyawe.com Lindsay

    Wow, what a fantastic list! I am getting closer and closer to my dream of being my own boss – forever! And I can’t WAIT. The longer I live the cubicle life, the longer I feel suffocated and like my soul is being squashed. Some of us are just born to be entrepreneurs!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Lindsay and welcome to prolific living! I am so SO excited for you. I can’t wait til you do it either! I wasn’t even in the cubicle life for many years and I felt that way – honestly, it’s a shock I lasted so long in the cubicle. Here’s to your freedom. All the very best.

  • http://www.justorganizeyourstuff.com Cathy

    Ah, thank you. So many reasons to love these words. While I still struggle with the “sales” aspect of it all. I embrace everyday the opportunity to push myself outside of my comfort zone.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Cathy, nice profile photo! Very creative :)!
      Great words, thanks for sharing and for stopping here. Outside that comfort zone, I really believe that’s where growth takes place.

  • http://gutsywriter.com GutsyWriter

    Farnoosh,

    Farnoosh, a wonderful analogy and I can speak from both sides as a mom who has almost finished raising three sons and a woman starting her entrepreneur path to publication and public speaking.
    I find the raising of kids has not consumed my thoughts 24/7 , as has the writing. blogging, social media and learning new technology world. Both are challenging in their own way, however, the business world is more needy and perhaps less patient, than the kid world. OK, so when your kids are small, they need to be fed right away, etc., but not when they’re teenagers and want to be on their own. They leave you alone more. The challenge to keep going when you’re in business for yourself is exciting, as long as you are seeing results and learning. My question is, How do you stop thinking about writing, promoting, networking, especially if you’re on vacation and feel like disconnecting, but realize you cannot for more than a few days? I like your # 19 and #22 above.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Sonia, you took my analogy very far, I love it. Oh I’d bet anything kids need more attention than a business … maybe not teenagers but they are no longer kids, are they? ;)!
      As for being consumed by it all, I think I balance it because I have far too many passions. So on vacation, I am consumed with my passion to explore and enjoy the sights and work on my photography and yoga, knowing that I can integrate all of that at a later time into my work – and that’s the beautiful part when work and life mix so well together. And I know it’s hard but disconnecting is very good for us. I try very hard to put it into practice consciously because I know it makes me better for the times I am working and focusing. So lovely to hear from you and hear such unique thoughts, Sonia. Best of luck with your thriving business.

  • http://kikolani.com/ Kristi Hines

    I’d like to add #52 – so I could be home with my sick kitty to give her some love and affection. There are just so many great reasons to work for oneself and develop a business that you benefit from 100% instead of just working for peanuts while helping someone else succeed. Very inspirational!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      We might be up to 54 or 55 but I totally understand, Kristi. I think you know I have worked from home for years now and I find it so challenging to leave the house for an obligatory period of time and I don’t even have pets. So I cannot begin to imagine what it’s like to leave a sick cat behind :( but the more important part is the working for ourselves aspect and you, my dear, are close – very close! Thanks for dropping by! Big hugs to you and fast recovery to your kitty….

  • http://www.allmyfaves.com/prolificliving Shachar Pessis

    The fact you built something from scratch is rewarding by itself. But the true joy comes from touching other people.

    For the entrepreneurs out there I have listed the top resources here..

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dearest Shachar, hi! You couldn’t have said it better if you tried. Beautiful and so kind of you to stop by to share that thought. Thank you!

      • http://www.allmyfaves.com/prolificliving Shachar Pessis

        Good Morning! I think it is amazing that you start your day so early. Found your Early Rising: Falling into a Rhythm post inspiring.

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          Thanks Shachar. This morning was a bit harder than usual because I went to bed so late but 4:30am it is. Sometimes on weekends I do catch up!

  • Andrew Walker

    Wow what a great list you have about being an entrepenuer! Having my own business let me spend more time with my family and I was able to have an office only 2-3 mins drive from my home :).

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello Andrew and welcome to prolific living. I didn’t list that one – you are right – because I was working from home already and barely doing much for my stupid corporate job but alas, in general, spending time as desired with family is a HUGE reason. Thank you for adding it!

  • http://www.alternaview.com Sibyl-alternaview

    Farnoosh: You know this post is right up my alley :) I love all 51 of those reasons and the list is so inspiring. I think every entrepreneur that is just starting out needs to read this list for motivation and inspiration and every entrepreneur that has been at it for some time needs to read it to be reminded of all the reasons why being an entrepreneur is great. Great post. Great wisdom … as always.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Sibyl, how are you? I am not surprised to hear this resonates with you just from knowing you. Send those entrepreneurs my way and I’ll motivate them. In fact, funny enough motivation is my topic next week at Blogworld. Wish you could be there but I’ll see you in LA. Thank you so much for stopping here.

  • http://the100percentyou.com/ John Sherry

    Boy, do you own this Farnoosh! And that’s why I know you’ll be a hit and hit the entrepreneurial heights as you have taken control and have full ownership of your intentions and desires from the inside out. Most of all you own you and that’s the real true gold. You go get ‘em Farnoosh and make it BIG!!!!!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      John, thank you so much for this kind note that really boosts my energy. Thank you so much. I do believe I was made for this from the womb and it took me this long to give it a real chance. Thank you so so much for these very encouraging thoughts, dear John.

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  • Mohamed El Dib

    Dear Farnoosh,
    My situation is very similar to that of many others; I have always wanted to start my own business (and I cannot imagine myself doing anything else!) but social pressures are all over me to start working. I hope I do not give in to these because practically everyone is convincing me to “gain experience” and then start my own business later on. The thing is if I work for a company, I will always be striving to become better and just when the time comes and I am doing well in my career and decide to leave, there will always be another promotion or another raise.
    This list is really helping me; I will not be afraid of failure. I have never understood this quote as much as I do now: “Courage isn’t the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”

    Best of luck to all entrepreneurs out there :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Mohamed,
      You have it all figured out the correct way and you should absolutely not give in to pressures from around you. There is always another something to chase and you will be addicted to it. Walking away is hard so not walking into it to begin with, that’s really the smartest thing of all. If you have some money set aside to see you through until you establish your business, I think that there is no time like the present. So glad this post helped you and come back anytime!

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  • karen

    Thank you for this Farnoosh. Beautifully written and expressed. I am so on the verge of being there, and wrestling with some demons over it – so finding your post just now is so timely (thanks to Christine Gilbert, another favorite of mine!!!). I am excited now to start reading your blog regularly.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Karen, welcome here and I am so glad you enjoyed this. Fight the demons. Imagine how this time and this day and this week and this month will never come again and in my case anyway, I’d already put in way too much time into a place where my heart was absent and my soul suffocating to death – not being dramatic at all so go for it. Find courage to do this if it is what you want to do – the one feeling I have now, so early into my business, is why didn’t I do this sooner? But I don’t deal with regrets well so I am choosing to believe that my timing was just right. You have to find yours and honor it. Good luck. Come back anytime!

  • http://successevolution.wordpress.com Timothy Gay

    I said I’d be back
    First off, I can’t agree more with this post. I know you only wrote 51 things and I know there’s more but it’s all good. For me, the quote at the end summed it up. I’m REALLY glad you posted that. Everyone wants it to be easy and it’ll be easy but you’ll never get what you want out of life.

    In one of my past comments on quitting your corp job post, I mentioned I quit my job because it made me miserable. We all do jobs we don’t want to but in my opinion, it’s not worth going to work everyday to a job you have. It’s committing mental suicide. That quote for me represents that. Call me lazy or whatever, I refuse to be miserable. I believe we need to live our passions and follow our bliss. It isn’t worth the mindless drama. Kudos to you for writing this list. I said I’d be back to read more and I’ll continue to come back.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Thank you Timonthy. Welcome back and I am glad you picked one of my favorite topics to agree with :)! There is so many more reasons every day that I go forth and move further away from corporate. And easy is NOT at all how I would describe any of my days. Not everyone wants it easy. I think that’s a bit of an exaggeration. A lot of people may but there are the few out there who are willing to work up a serious sweat toward their dream.
      I am very happy to hear you quit when you were miserable and why would I call you lazy? I bet you work harder now than before.
      Come back again anytime and thanks for sharing your thoughts. Here’s to a life lived on our own terms!

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