Im wondering if there was a different inner reason for your hesitation. I got the impression from your posts that you are a pretty creative person..
I would not have done anything differently.
Obviously this is a starters-up page.
People who post here have come to (or passed) the point in life where they know they are capable of making it on their own. That is, they have a mindset which includes a high self-responsibility level, and most importantly: the belief that their trade IS OF VALUE.
I don`t believe I would have gotten to that point without the corporate madness that is my current crazy daytime job, its that simple.
Yeah there were many paths that could have taken, with many outcomes. Some might have been better, some might have been worse, but really, for me this question boils down to: Are you happy with who you are right now?
Yes I am.
If I could start over again, I am sure that I would end up where I am now. I think I would have taken a straighter route to get here though, if I had given it more thought.
In each job I have had, at some point it became my duty to coach, advise or counsel employees. While at my last job before I retired to work for myself, my manager and I were talking after an office meeting had taken place. At some point in our conversation, he said, "you know what you are?, you are a coach." I am now happy coaching and writing. In my case, I did not know what I knew.
Andreas- Very well put. It does boil down to, "Are you happy with who you are right now?" Yes, I am as well.
I think as small business owners we go through emotional roller coasters everyday. Actually it feels like almost every hour sometimes. One day we’re high as we can be on life for the path we choose and the next we’re questioning every step we take. We ask ourselves “would it not be easier working for someone else”…but we ultimately would not be satisfied. Our independence would drive us even crazier.
I think the question is great, “If you could start over again, what would you do?”
My short to the point answer: Nothing! I love being in business for myself.
I think as small business owners .........
Can I pose a question..?
Why do we entreprenuers always refer to ourselves as "small" business orners?
Why not future "Large" business owners??
Do we have any idea the competitive advantage you create by being a large business and not a small business. I know here it comes. because we are small business owners....
I believe it is because most sole proprietors have the same mind set as middle management, the "show me the money" attitude, yea not having to work for the man also, but as soon as they start making a decent living (by their own defination) they become happy with where they are get complacant.
I AM LOOKING FOR entreprenuers who are hungry and I mean really hungry, those who desire to be industry leaders.