Your solopreneur dreams are as realistic as the work you’re willing to put in. So how much work are you putting in?
You don’t have to do a lot, initially. But you do have to be consistent—think: daily. Devoting just thirty minutes a day to the pursuit of your solo entrepreneurial dreams will get you 100x farther in a year than going all out just one day a week.
Living at home after the age of 18 used to be an unthinkable shame. Guys jumped into manufacturing jobs straight out of highschool, women married young and parents were left at home to go about their lives.
Thankfully, times have changed. Domestic norms have relaxed, and assembly jobs are competing with the Dodo for the most boring thing in non-existence.
Today, if you’re under 30, and out of the nest, you’ve got it going on.
But regardless of all the benefits of incubating a bit longer – more time to discover yourself, less pressure to marry, etc. – solopreneur millennials are lacking one trait that will make or break our success:
High standards are the difference between the life you have and the life you want.
If you want to move out of your parents and start your own life, or move on from your comfortable job into work you’re passionate about, you simply have to have higher standards—from how you spend your time, to the people you call friends, and even the people you date.
Our parents thought their baby boomer success would trickle right on down to us–that we’d all get to eat the fattened calf of the industrial economy forever. But somewhere between all the divorces, the alcoholism, and the evaporating jobs, we millennials put up a wall and said screw it. What’s the point in trying to succeed if we’re doomed to be as miserable as our parents?
Unfortunately for many of us, that mental wall has barricaded us inside our parents’ house…the last place a free-spirited millennial really wants to be.
There’s a time for reflection and there’s a time for action. Not the mindset-shifting, affirmation-thinking kind of action, though. I’m talking about rolling up your sleeves, givin’ er some elbow grease, and making shit happen. You know…real work!
Because you know when you’re mentally prepared enough to dive in. And if you keep mentally preparing, you prolong the actual “doing” needlessly, which instigates the habit of procrastination, and trashes your confidence.