Maybe it’s easiest to start this conversation with a little bit of contrast. Remember the corporate world, where you watched the clock or had to get the boss’ okay to leave work for an appointment? Where decisions were driven by dollars? Where the office rules were made by the status quo or, failing that, management?
Life Driven Entrepreneurship revolves around your life, not your business.
It’s enough to juggle home, relationships and work, but we as entrepreneurs have a leg up. We are our own businesses. So why aren’t we creating a business that works for us?
Life Driven Entrepreneurship sees a return on investment in actual lived experience, not just financial dividends.
Do you need a cubicle to get your work done? Why do you work until five when the kids get home from school at three? Does a five day work week actually work for you?
Sometimes it feels unnatural to ask ourselves these questions. Isn’t this just what people do and how people live, even as entrepreneurs?
More than these, you need to ask yourself, “how do I want to live and how do I want to show up to my clients?”
SIMPLE. FUNCTIONAL. BEAUTIFUL. REAL.
These are the four words that deeply capture the essence of what Life Driven Entrepreneurship is all about.
At the core of this concept is a deep-seeded understanding of who you are and what you stand for in this world. How do you show up for yourself and for your clients, friends, and family, every day? For me, showing up us exemplified in the four words above.
When you have clarity and confidence about where you are going (and why!) business doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, after tearing down everything I had built, and starting again from scratch, this new iteration of my business is seriously simplified, and it now reflects the simplified version of life that I’m building for myself. Less drama. More Fun. Less Admin. More time with clients, friend and family.
When you design your business to functionally suit your lifestyle, you serve your clients and yourselves more efficiently and effectively. This means having the processes, tools and automations in place to systematize what doesn’t need your attention so you can focus on the tasks and people who do.
There is room for beauty in business. For some, a job well done is beautiful. For creatives, work itself is an opportunity to create beautiful things. For other entrepreneurs, there’s beauty in giving back, whether that’s using your skills to help a cause, having the income to contribute financially, or the flexible time to give time.
Real work is productive – there is enough to do in a day without busywork. Real work has boundaries – understanding when you say ‘no’ even if it’s a really amazing opportunity. Real work is about getting out of your own head and out of your own way. It’s about making things happen strategically with a clarified vision and actionable, achievable steps forward.
Life Driven Entrepreneurship is about taking charge of your own journey.
So, how do you keep your head clear and move forward to design your own successful lifestyle or business on your own terms? The answer is simple. Clear your head. Clear your mind. Unfollow those who inspire feelings of envy. Stop buying #allthethings. Focus your mind on what matters most.
Right, easier said than done. Yet, absolutely and entirely worth it. My inbox is clear. My mind is clear. I can focus again. I’m happier. LOL. It’s silly, but I am. Fewer distractions. Less time on social media. More time with friends and family.
My business decisions are thought out and well planned. They support the vision I have for my business and my lifestyle, which is more about freedom and flexibility, rather than about reaching a certain income level or being featured in a fancy publication. I’m achieving success on my own terms.
First things first – what is your idea of success? Do you see yourself as successful?
If you’d like a little clarity around success and simplifying your business, creating something beautiful and making it all functional, book a discovery call with me to get started.