Last night, I met with two ridiculously talented musicians.
They are also talented entrepreneurs.
They have been on tour with Death Cab for Cutie and collaborated with Third Eye Blind.
Up until now, all of their projects have been a result of people approaching them.
Other people have picked them time and again.
Now, they want to turn their side music business (orchestral accompaniment and experiences for people new to orchestra) into their full-time work. But they are feeling a little stuck.
So what’s holding them back?
Well, we met to talk about strategy and tactics to get them to this next phase of their business.
We talked about pitch decks and key metrics and one year plans.
It was all “good” stuff, but none of it really got at the heart of the issue they are facing. Their real problem is not one of strategy.
So what’s the real issue?
Starting over is hard to do…
especially when you already have income and expertise in your current work.
However, if you want more than just a career, but instead want to live out a true calling, starting over is sometimes in order.
I get asked about this topic so often that I’ve become the “get a new job” and “start over” coach for people in transition.
Here’s what to do in 5 simple (but not necessarily easy) steps…
Does the fear of getting started ever paralyze you?
Do you ever great freaked out by all the things that you could be doing, and then end up doing nothing?
Your mind is racing a million miles an hour, but you’re unable to take action. You are busy going nowhere.
I’ve been there more often than I’d like to admit.
But how do we overcome this mental “monkey mind” and start working with focus?
Why do people go to work for themselves and start a businesses?
Is it the money?
Is it the fame?
Is it the risk?
Is it the cause?
Entrepreneurs are in search of all of these.
And entrepreneurship is just that, a search.
I live and work in Silicon Valley, the home of the entrepreneur. I have started businesses and most all of my friends are entrepreneurs of one sort or another.
For better or worse, it’s my world.
I can say with certainty that people who start businesses are doing it for reasons beyond money – though money is certainly one of them.
How much of your time do you spend complaining or worrying about other people?
In my role working as an Executive Coach at startup companies, I often hear things like:
He’s impossible to work with.
I can’t do it because she dropped the ball.
He’s really got to learn how to listen.
Frankly, it’s sad to watch talented people spend time and energy complaining about others.