If you agree that moving from an employee to an entrepreneur or investor is the best way to survive and thrive in the future, understand that it will be hard to make the change. But it will also be worth it.
A lot of people think they can make a quick jump. The reality is that you cannot move from being an employee (E) or self-employed (S), to big business (B) or investor (I) overnight.
If you are serious, it will take commitment. The following are three-reasons why.
Reason #1: It takes time
It took years for Starbucks to be built. It took years for McDonalds to be built. It was years before Sony became an entertainment giant. In other words, it takes years to build great companies and great business leaders. Most people do not think in terms of years. Most people think in terms of immediate gratification and getting rich quick. That is why there are so few people in the B quadrant. Most people want money, but are unwilling to invest their time.
Reason #2: You have to unlearn to learn again
There is a statement that goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, thankfully, we are humans and not dogs. Yet, there is some truth to the idea that the older we get, the harder it is to unlearn things we have spent years learning.
One of the reasons so many people feel more comfortable in the E and S quadrants is because they feel secure there. After all, they spent years learning how to be there. So, many people return there because it is comfortable, even though that comfort is not good for them in the end.
Take your time to both unlearn, as well as learn. For some people, the hardest part of switching from the left side of the Quadrant to the right side of the Quadrant is unlearning the point of view of the E and S quadrants. Once you have unlearned what you have learned, I think the change will go much faster and easier.
Reason #3: This is a transformation, not just a change
All caterpillars make a cocoon before becoming butterflies. Flight school was my cocoon. I entered flight school as a college graduate, and exited flight school as a pilot ready to go to Vietnam. It took me nearly two years to get through basic flight school in Florida. I received my wings, which meant I was a pilot, and I was then transferred to advanced flight training at Camp Pendleton, California.