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11 reasons I never intended to start a business

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Have you ever thought you had to be a certain type of person to do business?

Are you a natural leader, a man of action, with a burning belly to change the world?

I did too. That’s why my business, Talking Shrimp, happened by chance. Otherwise I wouldn’t have dared to start it. I was never meant to be in business, at least in my opinion.

Here are 11 reasons why.

No.1: I never thought of myself as an “entrepreneur”.

In my opinion, a few years ago, an entrepreneur was an innovator, an industry disruptor, someone with a grand vision for a world-changing app, a belly-filling shapewear, or a line of hardsiders. Who ever wanted to ring the opening bell on the trading floor. I was neither of them.

There was no “big one” I wanted to build. When I started my business, I was a TV promotional copywriter scripting TV show spots and sales tapes for networks and production companies. When I launched my first website, my intention was purely to get more of these clients. I came to say. The former is more impressive.but it didn’t seem so start a business.

business It was for someone with a “business plan,” written on an oversized piece of paper unrolled from a tube, leaning against a group of investors wearing reading glasses. You may be confusing “on-site”. Let’s be honest, this image includes a helmet. That’s how alien and masculine it was to me.

No.2: I am not a “born leader”.

I joke that I don’t like telling people where to sit at a dinner party.

I never wanted to be a camp counselor, or a counselor with a bullhorn at a meeting. “My group, let’s go!” has never been uttered. Or I wanted to be the CEO who would present a pie chart and get the crowd to rise and chant the company name offsite at the company.i didn’t really find me can I started running writing retreats in Italy and later led, and if I say so, very effectively, until I started Ebi Club, a group business and copywriting mentorship program/business mastermind. It was a huge success and we are now in the 5th round. But many years ago, the one thought I couldn’t even think of in business was, “Shouldn’t you always be the one who leads?”

And that leads me to…

No.3: I never wanted to be a boss.

even if i’m mine Own Boss, I’m not Girlboss, Lady Boss, Boss Bitch, Boss Baby, or just plain The Boss. Like my fellow “unemployed” who can’t stay in line, put ideas on the flagpole, or show up at 9am, I’m mostly bad at working for my boss and always on my own terms. I liked working inBut unlike many of them, I didn’t fancy to be boss. I don’t want to be in charge of people.

Other business owners around me seem to be constantly reading books on leadership, hiring, and creating company culture. None of those efforts appealed to me. Luckily, I realized that I didn’t have to be the boss or hire the team to make the company successful. For the fourth reason, this is lucky.

No.4: I hate being hired.

Thankfully, someone just in time recommended my business manager, Sandra, in a Facebook post. How lucky I never went out actively looking for someone to help me with my business. You can’t even hire someone competent to grout the bathroom.

Apparently not wanting to hire a big team is apparently not good if you want real success. Video of ‘Instagram growth guru’ exclaiming, ‘You’re not dreaming big enough’ if you don’t need to hire a large team to execute your business dreams I just saw the Guilty. Dreaming big is great, but what’s wrong with dreaming small?

This will tell you:

No.5: I didn’t have a “big dream” or a “mission”

Most business owners claim they started with a mission to change the world, one ____ (life, lawyer, loan, sock, greeting card, meatball) at a time. I enjoy helping people, but I don’t. I shouldn’t say this, but my mission, my dreams, my goals, my fire under my butt, have always been what I love. It was to earn a lot of money by doing things.

No.6: I’m not a “doer”.

Collecting their stories of starting in the mailroom and working their way to the top, successful business owners tend to be ‘go-getters’, also known as ‘self-starters’. Responsive to his boss’s needs and always takes the lead.

Meanwhile, at one of my first jobs after college, an internship at a magazine, the editor-in-chief took me to lunch and said, can take the initiative. “Remembering to take initiative is the very definition of lack of initiative.

The final chapter of my next book, “Tough Titties,” is ironically called “Company Woman.” The title is ironic because that’s how I ended up in business and, as the book suggests, I was far from the “company” type. I’m not the type to start and run a company, let alone succeed.

And with that token…

No.7: I’m lazy.

Sure, I’m always taking walks and going to dance classes. I like exercise, at least in their form. And when I have something to write about, I write for hours without ever looking or checking social media. It’s not because you’re lazy about what you want to do, but because you’re lazy about what you don’t want to do. And if you think that’s everyone, let me justify my laziness.

Many people I know very By doing things they don’t want to do. Paperwork. Cleaning chores. homework. When I think about those tasks, I just want to lay down.

On the positive side, I don’t feel guilty about taking time off or emptying my calendar, unlike my colleagues who find pride in their busyness and workload. That white space is what I crave most.

No. 8: I’m a procrastinator.

Let’s call it “Marinator”. I tend to marinate ideas for weeks, months, and years. My Best, Most Profitable Business His venture was born out of fighting my nature and ‘thumping’ the way I like it.

So I have that person inside of me. She doesn’t come out of the binge-watching rabbit hole as often as I’d like.

No.9: I hate looking at numbers.

Correction: I like to update sales numbers. Especially if things are going well. But are you balancing your income statement (P&L)? Not my jam. I haven’t done that yet, but I’m sure doing so will help me and will probably increase my profit margins.

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No. 10: No “inner voice”

Have you ever noticed that all these success stories start with hearing a ‘whisper’ or ‘quiet little voice within’ telling you what to create? If you’ve never heard ideas channeled from God, or heard them as if the voice of God spoke directly into your ears, you’re not alone. is not alone.

No. 11: I do something wrong.

Some people are good at following blueprints. Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Success. I envy them.

They do what is proven to work. For better or worse, I have always had my own way. I broke grammar rules to be more conversational in my emails and copywriting (which worked for me), and refused my morning meditation routine (which I could probably use). . .

Still… I did it anyway.

Despite (and probably because of) all these shortcomings, I was able to stay in business for 13 years. Not bad for the lazy, unemployed, procrastinator who doesn’t want to be the boss!

If you dream of making a living on your own terms, but you don’t think you have what it takes to do business, take note of my story, take action even if it’s small, and try anyway. please look.

Sometimes “everything is wrong” is the key to getting it right.