So inspiring to read everyone’s stories and whys! Thank you all for sharing. I definitely feel less alone in my pursuit of what I want, when I want it, and who I want it with 🙂
Like many of you, I worked in corporate for a number of years. I actually liked my job for the most part but every now and then I’d have this feeling that I was meant to do something else with my life.
In 2012, I had a personal crisis that led to a bit of a spiritual awakening. That led me to study the topic of happiness in great detail. First informally, and then I spent a year formally studying positive psychology. I also got my coaching certification around this time. This was early 2016.
At this point, I would have happily taken another 9-5 if I could land a job that let me do what I wanted to do: apply positive psychology and coaching.
But that was not meant to be.
So, I became what I thought of as a “reluctant entrepreneur.”
BUT, after 7+ years of doing this, my reluctance has melted away. I love being a solopreneur and there’s no way I am going back to a 9-5 in the near future.
While my initial why for starting a business was to get to do what lit me up, my why has evolved since then. Here’s what drives me to stay a solopreneur:
– The freedom and flexibility to do what I want, when I want it, with who I want it. To live with balance.
– The ability to be there for my family in a way 9-5 couldn’t even come close to (Dre – I can pretty much copy paste all the “mom-life” stuff you mentioned in your post here. I have always dreamed of being the mother I wish I had had and so giving motherhood my best is one of the KEY factors that drives me.)
– Opportunities to spend a majority of my working time on stuff I’d be doing in my personal time anyway (self-improvement, personal growth, effective parenting etc.) I love how investing in my own learning and growth and evolution DIRECTLY impacts what I can bring to my clients.
– The variety of tasks I can take on if I want to: from writing to coaching to teaching/training to facilitating to speaking
Sometimes, I think about what I would be doing if I had all the money I’d ever need. It boils down to three things:
1. Work on my own learning, growth, and evolution – especially as a parent
2. Share what I know with a motivated, eager audience (in different formats that I choose based on how I am feeling, but writing would be a consistent one)
3. Travel to see the natural beauty around the world