Want to transition from your day job to your dream life?
The biggest obstacle is hesitation. The slower you move, the more painful it becomes to achieve personal freedom.
If you have a passion or a hobby you can turn it into incredible success just by investing in your idea and backing yourself. Backing yourself isn’t about money, it’s about committing to your idea no matter the challenges you face.
You don’t need to prove your commitment to your business by jumping in headfirst. In almost every scenario successful businesses came about not through becoming an overnight success, but by being willing to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes for the success to show.
We have rent or mortgages to pay, electricity and food bills, dog food, petrol in the car. Quitting your job before your business gets going isn’t going to be a realistic option for most people. There will be a time doing both, paying the bills and setting your business up.
So when I say don’t hesitate, start your business now, I mean that, but you can do that and work a full-time job. When you prioritize your free time effectively you’ll have plenty left over to plan and get started, step down to part-time, and when you are ready, quit your job and take the CEO chair in your own business. From there, the sky is the limit.
It’s not impossible, it’s just about rolling your sleeves up and believing in what you are doing. I would argue that, if you follow the right steps to success and tap into your natural Troublemaker skills, anyone is capable of making the leap to being a successful entrepreneur.
Alyce Tran: The Daily Edited co-founder
Let me introduce you to a really inspiring Troublemaker, Alyce Tran, living proof that hard work doesn’t kill you, it makes you millions.
Alyce had a great, secure, well-paying job as a lawyer, which sounds good, right? But it wasn’t her passion.
Her passion is fashion. She started out running a fashion blog, The Daily Edited, which progressed into an e-commerce site where Alyce and a friend started creating and selling cardholders and compendiums with their branding, TDE.
She worked long hours. This is where you start, you work your butt off. You do what others won’t, so you live a life others can’t!
Alyce worked as a lawyer from 9am to 7pm. She worked on her business, TDE, from 7:30pm until 2am.
She didn’t do that once or twice, these were her hours consistently for a long time. When you love what you do, you find a way.
Eventually she got the best call you can get, her accountant telling her she didn’t have to go back to the office. Her business was ready to become her life.
Tran invested seven thousand dollars into the business to get it going.
She used Instagram – poor snaps that she took on her phone- to advertise her monogrammed products. After dedicated work on her blogs and building her audience when she launched her products, they were sold out completely in two weeks. Keeping up with demand was tough with a fulltime job to go to, but Alyce made sure it worked.
Now she has a beautiful line of monogrammed leather goods, eight of her own stores worldwide, over 100 staff members, a partnership with David Jones stores and a following of over 150,000 fans on Instagram.
It’s success in every area. That’s what gets people noticing her, and also a little jaded.
People see the headline: Alyce Tran creates $23 million dollar empire in her spare time, and they think, “that’s insane, I want that.”
They see a young lawyer who got lucky.
You need to look at how hard she worked, the total dedication as well as the amount of trust she put into her product. Most importantly though, how much she loves what she does. Yes, her business earns her millions, but she would have done it for free.
You have to love what you do if you are going to be a successful business owner. If you don’t love it you won’t want to miss out on the parties, the events, the sleep, the vacations. You have to love it enough to give up everything and just go for it.
When asked what her biggest achievement was Alyce says very simply she was most proud of paying off the mortgage on her Woollahra home.
Alyce is still young, just 31 years old, she now spends her time flitting between home in Australia and her flagship store in New York.
When asked what secret to success she likes to pass down to budding entrepreneurs Alyce says, pure and simple. “Hard work. No one ever achieved anything by walking out the door at 5pm.”
What about fame? How does Alyce handle the spotlight? She says, by being honest. “If you can admit what you don’t know and demonstrate that you are willing to learn those things, I think that’s very refreshing.”
Being able to learn, really learn, from your mistakes and admit to the times you need more information is critical to success in any area. If you let your ego (that part of you that blames rather than learns) run things then your business will not be able to grow and your success will be stunted.
Alyce’s biggest weakness: She works too hard (most entrepreneurs will say the same thing). “I’m not going to tell people I have work/life balance because I work all the time. I don’t have time to do yoga and meditate.”
If you want amazing results you can have them, all you need to do is put in a genuine amount of hard work. Entrepreneurs do what they do because they can, just from a drive of pure passion and enjoyment. If you want an amazing life where you get to influence and inspire people and be seen for who you really are, be a Troublemaker.
It’s worth it.