Start a Business?

Recently I’ve been subscribing to blogs of young women who seem similar to me yet have way cooler and successful blogs that have even turned into their own awesome business. There’s something about the whole “do what you love” mantra that kind of hits home for me, but there’s also something scary about it. Probably because I’ve grown up with the view that getting the highest degrees and pursuing the highest paying careers will bring much stability and therefore happiness in life. As a millennial who has struggled much to even just pay for rent, I’ve come to terms with the fact that yes, money is important, because if you don’t got money, you ain’t gonna eat nothing no more.

So we’ve established that having enough money, even a surplus of money, is very good, because as abstract of a concept money is, we need it to live a normal human life, and we also don’t know when life will “happen” in a way that will force us to drop an arm and a leg (think car maintenance fees). So why not pursue a Wall Street-esque profession? Why not spend a little more time in school to become a surgeon? Well, if that’s something that you are genuinely and deeply passionate about, then that’s great! But what if I decided to head in the financial world direction (which I am actually doing by the way) but I end up hating my job? Is it really worth it?

I don’t really have an answer to these questions, because I don’t know. But I do know that I enjoy being happy, and I don’t mind my current non-stressful desk job for the time being since it’s given me a lot of paid downtime during which I could work on and work towards the things I love, or that I feel is worthwhile, such as resuming blogging again after an inconsistent hiatus period. Maybe I’m just inspired by the successful entrepreneur bloggers out there, who started with a blog and ended up with a profitable business, doing what they love to do. Not bad.

I’m been grappling with the idea of one day starting a business. I will say though, I’m the biggest noob when it comes to business. But the idea that it could be possible is quite thrilling, because it’s completely outside my comfort zone. I would say that what got me thinking more about business was reading Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad, when he said something along the lines of, the successful ones are the ones who take risks, the ones who are bold. The more bold you are, the more you put yourself out there, the more likely you will succeed or at least make significant progress. He expressed his frustration in teaching when, even though students knew the answers to questions, they were too afraid to respond to them in class. There was a passivity, a lack of boldness.

What is it that successful bloggers do that makes them any different from other people? They put themselves out there, not necessarily sharing things that others don’t already know, but still sharing what they feel is worth sharing anyway. They somehow find a way to overcome whatever is stopping them from writing more, and they just do it. The point is, they’re bold, perhaps even when they don’t feel that way, but they don’t let their feelings get in the way of their actions.

So somehow I was supposed to talk about how I’ve been thinking of starting a business. What kind of business? I really don’t know, but I will use my handy bullet journal as well as this handy resource called Google to help me brainstorm ideas. My goal is to be able to still work a full-time job, while having a business on the side that essentially makes “passive income” to supplement what I’m already making, once I’ve spent the time and energy to establish this side business-to-be of mine.

Meanwhile I’ll be looking into books that will be of help during this exploration period.


Author: Amy

Amy Lo is a millennial residing in Los Angeles, California. She's a little obsessed with personal development and is always learning and figuring out how to maximize her productivity without burning out. She believes a fulfilling and stress-free lifestyle is achievable for everyone.

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