Don’t Be a “Wantrepreneur”!
Last Update: Apr 26, 2018
Please take my advice here. Here is something that you don’t want to be.
You see, I have a friend (let’s call him David) who wants to launch an online business that will earn 6 figures within the first year. He is a “Wantrepreneur”
Believe me, you don’t want to be a “Wantrepreneur”!
You don’t want to have the dreaded “Wantrepreneur’s Disease” my friends!
Chances are, if you’re industrious and have been exposed to social media stars doing the New York Times Best Seller List circuit, there have been times in your life you’ve felt like David.
David is someone who aspires to achieve mind-blowing success. Like the role models he is in awe of. Not that there is anything wrong with having high-minded goals.
And yet, David has trouble ever getting started because he thinks a “real entrepreneur”
- Is required to “look the part” by getting a regular spray tan
- Is required to drive a fancy car
- Is required to attend $5,000 events where he can take creepy photo ops standing beside Tony Robbins.
Herein lies David’s problem.
He waits. And does nothing.
And here’s the part that drives me absolutely crazy:
He keeps talking about how successful he’s going to be.
Is he schizophrenic?
Nope. Dave just has himself a real serious case of Wantrepreneur’s Disease.
What is Wantreprener’s Disease?
Being a Wantreprenuer is when you are constantly self-embattled with the nagging suspicion that you aren’t smart enough, rich enough, or connected enough to earn a prime seat to Vegas at the SWAG conference - and eventually someone is going to call your bluff.
Compare yourself being a “wantrepreneur” to a bank robber wearing a flimsy disguise that is only seconds away from falling apart…
Or a Ponzi-scheme perpetrator operating in the still of darkness cloak-and-dagger style where the police are only steps from turning a corner, hauling you off to jail in handcuffs Bernie Madoff style, and exposing your entire life to the public as a fraud.
So you freeze up.
Stop taking chances.
And do everything in your power to prove yourself it is true.
You end up self-sabotaging your dreams.
And your life of forever lost opportunities becomes your self-fulfilling prophecy.
Imagine you are a blogger trying to become a major social media influencer. You have worked hard writing Great Content, and shared your blogs on the major social media platforms, and as a result gained your first 1,500 followers on Instagram…
Out of nowhere one day a troll leaves a comment saying “You’re a fraud. You’re writing sucks - and I bet you never even finished your associate’s writing degree in college.”
You’ve been doing awesome… but you now have decided to shut down your Instagram account, because you view the troll’s comment as gospel.
You have made MASSIVE progress, but now you are so concerned about what others think it paralyzes you.
You see most people who suffer from Wantrepreneur’s Disease choose the WRONG way to deal with it…
They either decide to ignore this disease and live in a constant state of anxiety and insecurity, worried about what other people think of them...
Or they decide to stay small because they think it’s safer than losing the respect of their peers if they fall in the gutter.
After all, you can’t fail or embarrass yourself if you don’t try, right?
But what kind of a way to live is that?
You might as well live hidden away in a dark room with the blinds pulled down, with multi-locks on the front door and security cameras, so there’s no way you can ever get hurt.
It’s only fun until you realize how hard it is to return to the light.
Let me first demonstrate the wrong ways to handle Wantrepreneur’s Disease and why certain strategies can backfire on you.
Then let me show you an alternate solution that can bring success through working smarter, not harder.
Failed Strategies of "Wantrepreneurs"
Failed Strategy 1: “I’ll just try harder than everyone else”
The problem is, this rarely ever works. Hustle and grind can only get you so far.
No one is handing out gold medals (or money) to the internet marketer who “wakes up with bloodshot eyes” because he/she fell asleep on their laptop”.
Sure, putting in longer hours might give you temporary relief from your anxiety…
But there is simply no way your sleep-deprived mind is ever going harness your inner creativity to “bring to life” breakthrough business ideas that will help you escape working for your employer and permanently living your life as your own boss.
Here’s the Solution:
Science shows you get 80% of your results from 20% of your effort.
Apply the 80/20 rule.
Stop measuring your success on the quantity of hours you work in front of a computer and put your focus on the quality of your ideas.
Put aside the “busy work” that’s been eating up your day, and set a timer for two hours to get laser focused on achieving the tasks that will create the biggest results for you. (Hint: it’s the activities that will bring money to your business today, not tomorrow).
Failed Strategy 2: “I’ll just wait until the conditions are perfect. Then I’ll start.”
A wantrepreneur thinks that tomorrow is always the perfect time to start a business. He/she stalls because he/she doesn’t think they have enough capital or connections to make it work right now.
So instead of taking action he/she reads more books, attends more seminars, and waits for a “fail free” window to appear.
Listen, the perfect conditions will never, ever exist. The riskiest thing you can do is wait, because it keeps you from learning the lessons that only setbacks can best teach you.
Here’s the Solution:
Follow Michael Masterson’s advice: “Ready, Fire, Aim!”
In other words, act now and fine tune later.
Instead of perfecting your plans, start taking imperfect action today... and in doing so embrace the failures and what they can teach you.
99% of the time, no one will notice or even give a damn when you don’t nail it the 1st time, the 2nd time… or even the 20th time.
People are too invested in their own endeavors to pay attention.
Either embrace the fact that failure is good for you right now, or put your dreams of running an online business permanently on the shelf - because the perfectionism you’re seeking is going to drive your dreams into the ground.
One Final Lesson
If you're suffering from Wantrepreneur’s Disease, please put your mind at ease.
Even great and ambitious entrepreneurs has faced this.
Every single one.
The truth is how you deal with it is what separates successful entrepreneurs who launch their businesses and reap the rewards from those who spend 20 years of their life wishing and thinking all they could’ve done before finally throwing in the towel.
1. Begin your online journey with imperfect skills, experiences, and connections.
2. Build up your skills through Wealthy Affiliate and learn from the great training here.
3. Always take action and refine as you go along.
4. Know that you WILL make mistakes. Accept them and learn from them in real-time.
5. Above all, don't ever give up.
Remember, it really doesn’t matter how many of your family members or friends make you feel like a strange outcast that you no longer work a traditional job.
Regardless how worried you are about any imminent fear of failure, or even a fear of life-changing success, don't ever let it stop you.
Don’t ever let life take you down
We both know you've got the talent and drive breathing deep inside you.
You’ve got what it takes my friends.
Reach down deep and find your inner entrepreneur, one-step-at-a-time, and you will start to achieve monetization.
Success is only a few stokes away.
Make. It. Happen.
P.S. - Let me say the inspiration of this content came from a business associate named Jesse, and I would like to Thank Him for that!
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