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Have you ever compared the environment where you grew up in and the possible environment you have to reside in as an entrepreneur? Today I will talk about the possible differences and how it may affect your success.
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Growing up
The environment that i grew up in had a lot of rules. From the fixed timing that I had to report to an institution, to the clothes I could wear at the institution, and what I could do at the institution before they released me for the day. Did you have a similar experience growing up?
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Recently, I realised that this environment could lead to the the downfall of new entrepreneurs.

After spending years, maturing in an environment where our schedules and attitudes were guided and governed by rules and regulations, we are now free! We are leaving the structured society and moving into a realm that provides more freedom.

BUT! Do we know how to use and control this freedom?
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Discipline and self control
What sets a successful entrepreneur from one who burns out or doesn’t succeed are discipline and self control.

This lesson hit me when an instructor posted a question to the class.

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What if for a day, all the traffic lights were out of order, all the traffic police were on holiday, and all road signs where damaged? Would there be chaos on the road, or would our transport system function as per normal?

I believe that the former would occur. What about you?

Translate this to your entrepreneurial journey. The glamorous side of entrepreneurship is often being sold as having the freedom of time, and the freedom to do whatever you decide to.
BUT! remember that entrepreneurship is all that and more. For one to attain a certain level of freedom, the blood and sweat one has to put in is beyond our imagination.
That’s why they say you should Know Your ‘why’…
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Would u be able to endure the pain and survive to enjoy the freedom? or Would u self destruct once all the control over u were removed?

Would your life fall into a chaotic mess, with no clear directions and datelines? or Would you be able to function efficiently without external control?
Know the differences!
In my humble opinion, all new entrepreneurs should consider such circumstances.
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Are u getting into entrepreneurship,  just to ‘slack’ and to escape from reality, or do you have an actual purpose?

Are you on holiday?
If you are just into the enjoyment, money and resources will run out one day. What would u do then? Go back to job-seeking? If so, u are not an entrepreneur. you are merely an employee on a long holiday.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying its bad to take a break. BUT its Bad when this break becomes your illusion of your lifestyle. Its Bad if your lifestyle is filled with non income producing activity.

How clear are you about your goals?

Are you an entrepreneur, or are you simply on a long vacation?

Now, that was a long post.
Hopefully that was useful for you. What would you think would happen  if for a day, all the traffic lights were out of order, all the traffic police were on holiday, and all road signs where damaged?

Do you have the discipline to work long and hard at your business without any supervision? Share your thoughts about the importance of self control!