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Follow Your Dreams – Work For Yourself

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Motivational speaker and author, Les Brown

Does the above quote apply to you? Have you always dreamed about being an entrepreneur, but have always found an excuse to not start down that path? Are you tired of working for someone else who won’t listen to your good ideas? Do you have what it takes to be your own boss and strike out on your own?

Being an entrepreneur is the American dream for millions of people, yet only a fraction of them ever see their dream through. Are you letting fear stop you from your true passion and from seeing your dream to fruition?

Entrepreneurship – Scary and Rewarding

Working for yourself is incredibly rewarding, but it is also incredibly scary. When you are in business for yourself, you lose the safety net of someone else being in charge, and often you can say goodbye to a steady income. Most of the time, it is easier to let someone else call the shots and for someone else to pay the bills. It may be easier to be an employee, but it is not nearly as satisfying as being in control of your future.

Having a successful business, doing what you want to do, taking control of your life – these are all very rewarding experiences that give you a feeling of freedom and power, unlike anything else in the world. For the few that work up the courage to try being an entrepreneur, it is very hard to consider being an employee ever again.

Is It For You?

The truth of the matter is that most people make a better employee than a boss. Most people are better off working for someone else because they don’t have what it takes to be a business owner. The world does need a whole bunch of employees in order to operate, but you don’t have to be one of them.

Working for yourself is often times much more difficult than you can imagine. Starting a business and building it up to the point where it is making a profit can take much longer than you expect, which means you may not have an income from your business for quite a while.

As a business owner you face having to make decisions that were never your concern as an employee. The ultimate success, or failure, of your company rests on your shoulders. Before even beginning to start a business you need to consider if you want to deal with the ups and downs, the stress, the uncertainty that comes with being your own boss.

Start Out Slow

Nobody says you have to quit your job tomorrow so that you can concentrate full-time on your business. The wisest choice may be to start out slow, while you are still working for someone else. This gives you breathing room and lets you get all of your ducks in a row before saying goodbye to your present source of income.

Starting a business while you are gainfully employed is going to be more difficult than if you were able to dedicate all of your time to your new venture. You will have to spend all of your free time, all of your nights and weekends, figuring out how to get your company to a point where you can say goodbye to your boss. Even though this is the slow way, it is the smart way. Unless you have a really nice nest egg that you can survive on for a couple of years, having a source of income while building your business will take a lot of stress out of the situation.

If you are motivated enough, if you have the burning passion to be your own boss, if you have the skills (or can learn them) to run every aspect of a business, then being an entrepreneur may be the right decision. Following your dreams is something more of us need to do. Just be smart about the decisions you make and you are well on your way to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

About the Author
Marshall Davis is an entrepreneur that understands that the little guy needs every advantage possible to be successful. He started Talking Small Biz, a website that reviews small business products and services that help you start, run and grow a small business through the use of technology.

Are You A Modern Media Man?

I just accepted a speaking slot at the new conference called Modern Media Man Summit. It takes place in Atlanta on Sept 9-11 in 2010. You should go. Why?

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Because this conference is different. Here’s what it’s all about.

The Modern Media Man Summit will provide dads and men bloggers around the world the opportunity to gather in Atlanta September, 9-11, 2010 to attend an important conference featuring the latest in social media: blogging, podcasting and vlogging, while also harnessing the excitement and electricity of the Internet’s latest buzz.

There are dozens of renowned conferences held annually throughout the world for bloggers, but what none of them have created is a place to gather the new modern media men, specifically, the daddy bloggers, whose influence is fast increasing in the contemporary online space.

The M3 Summit’s goal is to bring together brands, bloggers, and some of the brightest minds in the industry to experience, teach and talk about how the role of Modern Media Man is changing. We know the time, location and topics of focus– educational, personal and business tracks–all will work together to generate the perfect storm in the blogosphere.

This is the best opportunity of the year for men and daddy bloggers, whether they’re stay at home dads, work at home dads, business professionals, the lone entrepreneur, marketer, advertiser and public relations professional to gather in one spot and plot a new course toward progress.

I wanted to speak at this summit because I feel I have a lot to say about being a “modern media man”. I’ve been doing this Web thing for over 15-years now, and I have a lot to share about life, business and love (with my wife). Things that are directly related to the reason why this conference was put together.

I’m going to speaking about how a modern media man can navigate through the tough world of home life and “online” life. If you’re like me, you know that those two things often collide, and can make big problems. Hope to see you there! Here’s my topic session.

Topic: Honey, The Internet Is My Business, Not My Life

How do you balance a career of uber-Internet geek-nicity with a “real” home family life of wife and kids and dog and house and car payments, etc….? It’s not easy, and potentially very toxic if both worlds collide. Are you a Web geek like Jim? If you are then you know the Internet is intertwined into our lives, not because we want it to be, but because it’s our business. The problem is, sometimes our families and spouses don’t understand that, and because of that, problems ensue. Enjoy a fun, informative story about how Jim has (and hasn’t) handled it and pick up tips on how you can as well.

Surprise! You Can Do It

Nobody likes the “rah-rah” guy. You know, the guy/gal who’s always walking around telling everyone “you can do it!” or “I believe in you!” That dude is annoying. (Most of the time).

However… sometimes it needs to be heard. And it definitely needs to be said.

Too many people don’t believe in themselves. So much so that they never accomplish anything, let alone their dreams of being healthier, owning their own business or whatever. So with all that being said, here’s my rah-rah speech.

Try something, you will surprise yourself! There are so many points in my own life that I have proven this to be true. Most recently I decided that I needed to learn how to get healthy and in shape. So I went out and joined Crossfit. Watch this video if you want to see what it’s like.

The first day at Crossfit I couldn’t do 10 situps. My stomach muscles were cramping at about five in. Screaming at me, “Stop it Jim!!!” It was pathetic. Now I can do 100 pretty easily as just a small part of a bigger workout too. I’m down two pant sizes without dieting and I’m in the best shape of my life. Surprise! I could do it. Never worked out (officially in a program) before in my life.

Back to that first day… When I got back in my car I knew I had a decision to make. Either quit, or come back the next day and try again. As I’ve said before. Loser’s quit. Failures get up and try again, and I’m no loser.

But this attitude it learned, as is everything in our entire lives. The point for you is that you will surprise yourself if you keep trying. You are not a quitter (loser). It will pay off for you.

Rah-Rah.

Shameless plug time. Try my free 5-Day bootcamp if you want to get motivated.

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Change Gears?

I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and that you can’t “see” things until you’re ready to see them. Many people who follow the paranormal agree with this attitude saying that once they decided that they were ready to see ghosts, then they started to show up. The same seems to be true for everything else in our lives.

So are you ready to “see” a change in your career?

You might not be, and that’s fine, you’re just not ready, and you may never be.

I’ve seen this theme many times in my life. Currently as I have begun to get in shape. I was finally ready to do it. Previously when I wanted to quit smoking… I was ready to do it.

This is why most people’s resolutions fail miserably. You can’t force something you don’t want to do in your heart. It will always fail.

Instead, decide that you’re ready to do it, then do it. Doers get what they want…

Need some motivation? Try my free 5DayBootcamp.com.

How To Deal With Failure When Building An Online Business

Being a Web entrepreneur, I deal with a lot of failure and success, personally with my businesses and projects, and for my clients too. Over time I’ve aggregated a bunch of content on failure that I’d thought I’d pull together and share for you all in place. So here you go!

No failure! You WILL succeed!

Video Presentation: I’m a HUGE Failure – I do a live presentation where I talk about we all have to learn how to fail… so we can succeed.

Here’s the video of that presentation on failure. Another version here from a different event.


Learn Why You Fail, So You Can Succeed! from jim kukral on Vimeo.

Jim Kukral presents “Why You Fail?” at Las Vegas Wordcamp. This presentation will help you understand why you fail… so you can understand how you can succeed.

Are You A Loser, Or A Failure? – This piece was also featured in Feedfront magazine.

An Entrepreneur’s Greatest Fear… Failure! – Learn to get over your fear of failure, or stop thinking you can be an entrepreneur long term.

Struggling Entrepreneurs Do NOT Give Up! – The title says it all. This piece was also featured in Feedfront magazine.

I hope these thoughts on failure help you to succeed. Please let me know if they did in the comments below.

Presentation: I’m A HUGE Failure, Are You?

Are you a HUGE failure? Or are you a loser? Maybe you’re a quitter? Maybe you’re all of the above? Or maybe, just maybe… you’re really successful, but you think you’re a failure?

The truth is, anyone can be successful if they understand that we all fail, and then realize the reasons why success comes to some people.

The presentation below is one I gave at Las Vegas Wordcamp in early 2009. It covers topics such as success and failure, and is designed to motivate, educate and inspire you to being more successful in life and business ventures. I hope you enjoy it. Please share your feedback in the comments.

Special thanks go to @micah for recording it with his Flip HD camera.


Learn Why You Fail, So You Can Succeed! from jim kukral on Vimeo.

Jim Kukral presents “Why You Fail?” at Las Vegas Wordcamp. This presentation will help you understand why you fail… so you can understand how you can succeed.

Are You A Loser Or A Failure?

What’s the difference between being a failure or being a loser? It’s pretty simple. People who fail learn from it and try again.

And Losers quit.

Which are you? Decide now. I’m here to smack you in the face hard. Ready?

  • So the last project you had didn’t work that great? The loser gave up. The failure tried again.
  • You made a mistake at your job or with your spouse and you’re being punished for it? The loser figures there’s nothing she can do. The failure learns from it and fixes it.
  • Look, if you’re going to run your own business and be an entrepreneur, you’re going to have to understand these differences. Being a failure is not the same as being a loser.

    Show me one successful person who didn’t fail 1,000 times before they succeeded big. (Ok, a tiny few somehow manage to get lucky and do this, but you get my point).

    Ok, now get to work. Or are you a loser? You tell me.

    An Entrepreneur’s Greatest Fear…

    It’s the night before my big launch. My big rebrand. The unveiling of the new me and the new business I’ll be running. My latest Frankenstein.

    And I feel like I’m going to puke.

    It’s natural… It happens to me every time I launch something big. Before I launched Scratchback, I felt the same way. Everyone does.

    It’s the curse of a serial entrepreneur. Yes, we’re very good at taking criticism, and dealing with failure, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have fears like everyone else. It just means we’re good at letting it go after we’ve failed or succeeded, either way.

    What do you mean? Fear of what?

    Fear that what we’ve built is going to look lame to others. Fear that all the countless hours we spent working on the project won’t pay off. Fear that our spouse will, once again, look at us with those eyes and think “you said this time it was going to be different. This was the big one.”

    Fear that it’s time to go back to the drawing board, yet again.

    I’m there, right now. Tomorrow at Noon EST I’m launching, and right now I feel like I want to take a boat across Lake Erie to Canada and hide out and come back 3-days after and see what happened.

    If you’re a marketer, or artist, or anyone who “puts your stuff out there”, you should know what I’m feeling.

    The good news is… I know this will pass. I know what I’ve done is going to work. I know that I’m passionate about what I’ve built and I know that it’s what I want to do. That’s how I know I’m an entrepreneur.

    What else can you ask for? I’m taking my shots… are you? You’ll never know unless you do. The fear will pass, believe me.

    See you all Wednesday, November 12 at Noon est. It’s going to be a great day.

    Struggling Entrepreneurs, Do Not Give Up

    It’s rough out there right now, I know. You’re losing your cool in this tough economic market. You’re trying to make ends meet, while at the same time, you’re trying to push ahead and be successful as an entrepreneur. You’re working your a#* off and it’s getting you by, but not getting you ahead.

    I know how you’re feeling.

    I know what it’s like to be spending more than you make. I know what it’s like to have your wife give you that look when you tell her you need to spend another $1,000 or more to start a new project. I know how it feels to be so frustrated that you haven’t “made it” yet that you want to give up and go get that “real job” you said you would never take.

    I know how you’re feeling.

    I know what it’s like to see millionaire friends not worry about money. I know what it’s like to see your associates who have already “hit their home run” not worry about the economy because they’ve got money coming in consistently every month. I know what it’s like to wake up every day and wonder if today is going to be the big day you get an idea to turn it all around.

    Welcome to being a struggling entrepreneur. It’s a rough life.

    But there’s good news too.

    If your struggling there is hope. There is a reason to carry on. You can make it work, if you carry on.

    Remember that every single great success story started with one of the following…

    1. I failed 1,000 times before I succeeded…
    2. We had no money left in our bank account…
    3. I was on the verge of giving up…

    Sound familiar? Being an entrepreneur has its ups and downs. Yes, there is going to be struggle through the tough times, and yes, it could possibly drain your bank account and damage your marriage, and yes, it could drive you to want to give up.

    But that’s when your passion comes through to save you. That’s when you stop pitying yourself and turn towards the sun and give it another go. That’s when you work even harder to get what you wanted.

    Don’t give up. Keep taking your shots. Keep innovating. Keep pushing new ideas and supporting old ones. Keep on keeping on.

    It will happen. You can succeed. You can hit that home run. You may look back at these days years from now and remember about how tough it was, but then be proud of yourself for persevering.

    The entrepreneur inside you knows you can do it. Now, just do it.

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    Your Grammar & Spelling Is Going To Ruin Your Career

    Look at Shoemoney. It’s pretty horrendous how terrible he is with grammar and spelling in his posts. Ok, I get it. He doesn’t try to spellcheck by his own admission for whatever reason, but it looks really bad… the poor grammar too. Makes him look like a severe amateur.

    This isn’t a pick on Shoe (although he’s a poster-child for this post and should be called out for it), but rather a video post about how you are going to ruin your future career by having poor grammar and spelling. Your blog is your resume. Your digital footprint (comments, threaded discussions, photos, etc…) is your legacy. Right now, today, every smart recruiter on the planet goes out and looks at everything you’ve done or said online.

    You really think that a professional organization is going to hire you if you can’t spell? You really think that you’re ever going to be taken seriously if you write like YouTube commenter in d00d-speak? You really think you’ll ever get a consulting gig or be asked to speak anywhere by anyone over the age of 30?

    You won’t. Clean it up. Wise up. Lecture over.