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Summer Days Are Over

Summer Days Are Over…

Today, the day after Labor Day, it felt as if it were the last day of summer.  Some would say that ‘Summer Days Are Over’, but I digress.  As I enjoyed the sun yet one more time with my wife and children at the beach, I couldn’t stop but think back to the days when I had a full time job.  Let me explain.

My wife grew up in Long Island and loves the water. So, any hot and sunny day we should be at the beach.  When I held a full-time job, we could only do this on a weekend, unless we took a vacation somewhere, like Puerto Rico.  Frankly, this year it’s been great as I’ve stepped completely into my business as an entrepreneur, but not just as one whose business owns them.  In recent years, I’ve also learned that there are so many resources that an entrepreneur can leverage.

You see, on the day after Labor Day, Summer Days Are Over for most folks because they hold a full time job and have no real choice but to show up and start putting in their 40-hour work week regularly until weekends or the next vacation. But there’s a class of entrepreneurs who can still go on and enjoy their summer even while others are back at the grind.

This is not to say that entrepreneurs don’t understand the value of work.  After all, the Creator said ‘Six days you shall work, but on the seventh you shall rest.’  So, this is not about taking a perpetual vacation, but rather to impress upon you that if you embrace entrepreneurship the right way in the 21st century, it has the ability to give you back a lot more time freedom for you and your family.  Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs living with the old mindset still don’t understand that business is really about leverage.

In fact, today at the beach, I met a lady who’s having a hard time convincing her husband, a business owner, that her home based business has the ability to bring this kind of freedom to her family.  The husband is convinced that there’s no better way to earn money than by exchanging time for it.  Keep in mind, he’s working seven days a week to build his clientele in a new city so he can meet his obligations, and that’s honorable. However, that model, even if he employs others to do the work later on, is still predicated on exchanging time for money.

Currently, there’s a breed of entrepreneurs who understand leverage beyond skills and time exchange for money. Frankly after 20 years in the IT Field I’ve discovered the same mindset.  This lady has too and will become very successful at her craft as she’s learning how to leverage her time and ultimately help bring her husband home to enjoy family times once again.  If you’d like to leverage your time, and start building like this lady here are a few tips for you:

1. Nothing worthwhile is built in a day.

2. You must go through failure in order to reach SUCCESS.

3. Your product is not your craft but people.

If you want to learn more about becoming an entrepreneur here are some great resources to get you started here.

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