Can Entrepreneurship Lead To Self-Realization?
Self-realization is a term historically associated with having a family or traveling the world, but it truly means empowering yourself to bring about real change in people’s lives.
As an entrepreneur you get the opportunity to create something of value for the world. You also create opportunities for people to grow as leaders. By enabling leaders, you create impact on people’s lives by challenging them to transform into better individuals.
A leader has the potential to help solve real-time problems and evolve through opportunities and challenges. You can inculcate values and instill passion in people and drive them towards common goals.
As an entrepreneur you have a chance to learn, grow, and empower yourself to bring about positive change in the lives of the people around you.
The first few steps on the path to self-realization are acknowledging the role you are in, your responsibilities, and how you can grow in that environment while motivating those who look to you for leadership.
Identify Your Strength
A leader can often feel alone at the top of the workforce pyramid. This is why it’s important to gain the support of everyone on the team and treat everyone as partners in everything that is contributing to the growth of the organization.
Support can be both a responsibility and a liability. If a leader isn’t aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, then the support from their team can be overwhelming. So, you should first identify your key strengths and focus on the areas that need improvement.
“An empowered leader can drive themselves and their team beyond impossible tasks.”
My season three finale guest of the Rant & Grow podcast, Carey Ransom, an entrepreneur himself, believes that as an entrepreneur, you will get every chance to build your team, lead them, and succeed with them.
Entrepreneurship is a journey that instills confidence, creates happiness with the success of everyone on the team, and leads to self-realization where one can achieve truly what they are capable of.
Face Your Fears
Do you think you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? First you have to be willing to face your fears, and the biggest fear of every entrepreneur is failure.
If you are thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, then the thought of failing on the expectations of everyone, your goals, and your financial security must not be something that bothers you.
According to Carey, you must acknowledge the fears and accept that you may have to face some failures along the way.
“Fear of failure should not stop you from pursuing your aspirations and goals.”
When you fall off track, pick yourself up again. When you suffer losses, start building up again.
You have to push yourself at each step. This mindset it will attract other like-minded people to join you on the journey.
When you face difficult situations, you get an opportunity to fight back and survive through them. You also get to inspire your team.
“A journey with both failures and success along the way will bring you closer to the goal of self-realization.”
Surround Yourself with the Right People
The people on your core team will validate your ideas and contribute to your success.
Most people usually pretend to be supportive and hesitate from criticizing your ideas. The right ones will question you, challenge you, understand you, and will stand by you.
You should be conscious of who you surround yourself with. They will play a crucial role in your journey towards self-realization.
Not only do they provide emotional support in crucial times but they will also help you stay focused on the path.
A great team is about loyalty and it’s through their trust that you can achieve your goals and reciprocate positivity in their lives.
Commit To Your Journey
Your idea will face lots of obstacles along the way, especially in the beginning. Carey believes firmly that it’s your commitment that is critical. It will drive you to accomplish your goals.
“When you stay committed to your goals, you will have to delve into much deeper aspects of your being to keep going. That’s what will bring you closest to self-realization.”
You will find yourself becoming who you are and connecting with those around you. This is the process of entrepreneurship you should strive for.
If you develop this mindset, not only you will be a successful entrepreneur, but you will also achieve the truest version of yourself.
If you are scared to jump out of your comfort zone, then you cannot bear the responsibility of becoming an entrepreneur.
You start with a pinch of self-awareness and the more you explore yourself by facing challenges every day, the more you grow.
Whether you are starting a new company, launching a blog, writing a book, starting a podcast, or building a new product within an existing company, entrepreneurship is a journey where you will evolve, and it will help you to be who you are really meant to be.
“Self-realization is not a destination, it’s the journey of becoming.”
Check out the Rant & Grow podcast episode with Carey. Maybe you’ll discover some wisdom if you are trying to be an entrepreneur. You can listen to the podcast right here.