Dream BIG, Start Small, Begin Now!
Much of what we achieve and accomplish in life is a result of our choices and the decisions we have made. As humans, we like to blame our condition or our results in life on external circumstances. It may be our lack of education, our poor parents, our lack of connections, and etc. It’s true…much of what we experience is as a result of the choices our parents made.
The fact is; some things we need to accept the way they are, since we can’t change them. Like the family and country we were born into.
Accept what you can’t change
Very much against my will, I was born as a capitalist into a communist environment. Having been raised and sheltered in the Hutterite-like confines of the Community Farm of the Brethren (founded by my grandfather, the late Julius Kubassek in 1940) was definitely not my idea. Like all the rest of the children on the Community Farm, I completed my formal education by the age of fourteen. Within two years of graduating, I was the community’s shoe repairman and chicken man. Not even close to my dream of becoming a medical doctor (I had heard they made a lot of money).
Start with what you have
Since medical school was not an option with a grade 8 education, at the age of 16 I became interested in electricity and set a goal to become a licensed electrician. I would need to accomplish this without serving an apprenticeship or the possibility of attending trade school. Schooling outside the commune was not allowed because of the dangers of the influence the outside world would have on us. However; where there is a will, there is a way! Through a home-study course and some practical experience working in the trade while earning a dollar-a-day, I was licensed by the age of twenty-one and ready to leave the commune in search of a better way to live.
Success is seldom found in your comfort zone
On January 01, 1980, I left the Community Farm with $2,000 in my pocket, in pursuit of a future I had dreamt of since I was a child. My dream was to make it big in the outside world, to make a difference, and to leave an impact wherever I went. I was determined to make a huge success of myself in the outside business world. I would do whatever it would take to show those people wrong who said I’d never survive on the outside. They tried to convince me that without an education and without contacts, I would never find a job that paid enough to support myself and a family. What those well-meaning people (my relatives) didn’t know was that |I had been born an entrepreneur. I would not even look for a job, I had much bigger plans…I would create one. I would create a job for myself and eventually for hundreds of other people.
Go To School, Get a Job…
Too inexperienced to know about failure, I went right into business with my oldest brother Dave, forming a plumbing and electrical contracting partnership. Always ambitious, I devoured every book on goal-setting, success, money and business that I could get my hands on. Within six years I had achieved every goal I had set for my entire life; a beautiful wife, an adorable family and the home of my dreams on a hobby farm. I was driving a luxury automobile, owned three businesses and had a net-worth in excess of one million dollars. The only time I have spent in a university, has been to teach. While education is very valuable, there is no substitute for experience.
5 reasons why you should start your own business
- You don’t have the formal education to get a job that pays you what you are worth.
- You live in developing country where jobs are scarce and under-employment is a problem. You have the contacts needed to get in the door.
- You want to make a difference with your life. You want to leave a legacy, instead spending your best years building someone else’s empire.
- You like to have time freedom. People with their businesses can work when and where they wish to. They set their own schedule.
- You want to write your paycheck. Self-employed people get to set their price and pay themselves accordingly. They also pay less in the way of taxes.
You can have results or excuses…NOT BOTH!
Forget about your excuses and focus on your abilities, your passion, and your dreams. Just start and you will find the resources. You will attract them! As long as you have excuses, you will not experience success, fulfillment, and happiness. You can make a difference. Just begin. Dream big and start small. You can do it!
If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
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