I read this article about two sisters who took what they thought was a crazy idea one day back in college, and years later, turned it into a multi-million dollar business. What is remarkable about this story is it proves once again anyone can have the next million dollar idea.
People + Problem = Success
These sister readily admit they didn’t come from an entrepreneurial household. In fact, they both went the “traditional” route in their careers after college. But one day, they decided to take their idea and see what they could do with it. And that, my friends, is where you and they differ.
FACT: Million Dollar Ideas Aren’t Daydreamed into Reality!
Every day, I run into job seekers who tell me their heart isn’t in their job search. Then, with a wistful look upon their faces, they say, “I have this business idea I dream of launching, BUT…” and then they give me a bunch of reasons why they won’t even try to start the business. Daydreams don’t make million dollar ideas come to life – people do! Yet, the majority of those daydreamers will never know if their idea could have worked. Why? People mistakenly believe it’s easier to not pursue a million dollar idea then to try it and risk being seen as failure. What a shame! Now, here’s a solution…
Your Next Step – Start a Hobby Career
Instead of fearing failure by trying to make your million dollar idea a success, why don’t you set a more realistic goal for yourself and launch it as a “hobby career” instead? I am a huge fan of job seekers starting a hobby career while in job search mode.
A hobby career is something you can’t fail at. It’s just a small business venture you opt to pursue as a way to take a break from the job search.
(Note: In the job search program I teach, I don’t believe job seeking is a full-time job and that people should be doing it eight hours a day. So, in my world, job seekers have time to pursue hobby careers.)
Hobby careers are something you do to teach yourself how to create an income out of something you enjoy doing. You don’t have grand expectations of making millions of dollars, nor do you put pressure on yourself to do so. Instead, you work at your own pace to determine a simple way to monetize your hobby. Once you do, you move on from there to see how far you can take it.
Bonus: Hobby Careers Teach Give You a New Perspective on Job Search
One of the positive side effects of starting a hobby career is you learn about business – and that helps you think about your job search in a new way. Most job seekers don’t understand they are actually a business-of-one who must market themselves to get hired. They also don’t understand how to identify and proactively market themselves to the audience they want to hire them. So, when you launch a hobby career and start to see who is buying what you are selling, you also are reminded of what you should be doing in your traditional job search.
Millions of Excuses Don’t Make Millions of $$$
I hope this article inspires you to quit making excuses as to why your crazy idea isn’t worth pursuing. Make it your hobby career so you can stop putting pressure on yourself and start enjoying the idea of entrepreurship. The sooner you begin experimenting with ways to make your idea fly, the better!
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