I quit a stable corporate job to follow my dream of starting my own business a little over two years ago. With a wife and two small children, it may be the best and scariest decision I have ever made.
“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” – Anonymous Entrepreneur Quote
I had a substantial salary with room for promotion, full benefits for my family, and the oh so “coveted” job security factor. But I wanted to own every day and be in control of my schedule, and the beautiful wife and kids I mentioned? I never saw them. So I built the lifestyle that I wanted to live instead of continuing to dream about it.
At ContentVia we have created a work environment that fosters individual growth which benefits the company as a whole. We encourage and support our team members on their individual endeavors and value them for the area expertise that they bring to the table. Instead of searching for a person to fit a mold I create, I partner with talented individuals who design their own positions using the skills that come most naturally to them.
We have some impressive talent and a different type of company culture, it would be impossible to achieve what we do for our clients without this approach. Because entrepreneurship is foundational to our company culture, I can openly encourage my team to utilize their experience at ContentVia to hone their understanding of the entrepreneurial process and pursue their dream.
So what is stopping you? Here is what we hear from our clients that are considering an exit from corporate for a shot at the startup life.
Every reason is rooted in fear. These are the 4 most common excuses for not following your dream:
- Lack of benefits. Providing full healthcare coverage for your employees as a startup isn’t just impractical, it’s nearly impossible. This doesn’t mean that we don’t care about the healthcare needs of our employees, which is why we pay for all of our employees to have Ardina–24/7 access to phone and online healthcare and a discount card for services with network providers.
- Paycheck. At traditional jobs, people become addicted to the paycheck and don’t think they can live without the clockwork deposit to their account every two weeks. You can be like Pavlov’s dog, salivating at the sound of a bell, or you can adjust your financial habits. Successful entrepreneurs think about income on a long term basis.
- Comfort. I get it, there is a level of comfort that comes with conventional work, but where does that get you? Innovation is spurred by discomfort and uncertainty.
- Failure. We all hear about the success stories, but never think it can be us. Changing your attitude about failure is essential. Failures fosters growth and learning, don’t hide from failure, embrace it.