I studied hard. 8 hours a day. And still felt guilty it wasn’t enough. I made it into university. I was just 17 years old. 3 years later, first science degree down. It wasn’t enough. Postgraduate research year down. Two degree later. It wasn’t enough. 21 years old, entered into a PhD. Full time doctoral student during the week, working as a dispense technician from sun up to sun down on the weekends, tutoring students two nights a week, running a class for the university – miserable.
8am one weekend morning as I’m going down the escalator to begin another pharmacy shift and feeling miserable I made the decision I had wanted to make for years… To stop doing all this crap I hate so much and become a business owner. The inspiration after that one simple act of decision making came down like an avalanche.
It’s amazing how a single decision can change so many of your emotions in an instant.
For many I hadn’t even started life yet but to me, since I had dreamed so much of greatness from such a young age, I had been at this point for years already. I had seen so many people wish for more over the years but live miserable and mediocre lives and that prospect scares me to death.
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Within about 1 month I had written out my entire business plan, sourced a location, obtained a $5000 student load, printed flyers, registered my business name, made a website, bought equipment and stock and started the hustle. My journey had started.
I was so serious about building this business with blood, sweat and tears, literally at times, I walked entire suburbs, hundreds of streets, 1000’s of homes, hand delivering flyers myself. I contacted people I knew that had trained with me in the past, I took calls, I scheduled bookings and my efforts paid off. Opening night was about 30 students and the numbers grew. So much so I threw my PhD in the bag and kept going with my business full time, opening a second class and even another location, at 22 I was self employed and loving life. Then the calls came in. Competitors, hearing about my work, calling, sussing my business out. Haters came – and went. But I still kept going. The journey didn’t end there, and has really only just began.
What tipped me over the edge?
What can tip you over the edge?
I wanted more. I deserved more. I hated answering to people each and everyday, telling me what to do. People work day in and day out for someone else’s dream when if they worked just as hard building their own business they would be so much more fulfilled and happier in life. And I think that is what many entrepreneurs feel.
To this day, after many successes, and a heck of a failure, I still keep going on the journey as an entrepreneur because, probably like you, I hold a dream. Knowing my “why” makes me work as hard as I ever have to turn my vision into a reality.
I dare you to do the same. I dare you!
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