31 Oct C’mon, do the locomotion with me.
Can you remember what you wanted to be when you were a child?
I wanted to be a singer, a dancer, an actress and anything that involved me being in the limelight. I dreamed of being the next Kylie Minogue or the next child actress on Neighbours. I remember I even looked into doing commercials. Unfortunately, my dream was just a dream and it remained that way until I eventually forgot about it. As I’ve gotten older I’ve remembered those childhood dreams and all of those dance performances my sister and I put on for my family, in the hope it may come true.
The big message here is that kids dare to dream! As kids, we dream without a second thought of how we would get there with failure never entering our minds, probably because we didn’t know what it was. I couldn’t or can’t sing, I definitely wasn’t an actor but I’ve taken my love of talking with people and adrenaline chasing into a different career path. Again, not one that came to me from the word get-go but one which past experiences has taken me to.
You see into adulthood I entered the workforce after study and travelling and instantly fell into the 9 to 5 job routine. The house followed, then the bills and a life of monotony earning my keep. Until I became a mother of course and times changed. I soon looked to take hold of my life and live only a life that was fulfilling and full of passionate doings. I dreamt to start my own business and instead of leaving that dream to float around me, I took it by the horns and pursued it. And I’ve never looked back.
It was all to new to me, what did I know about running a business? But I had to back myself and my skills and qualifications that were transferrable into this business. I yearned for new learnings, connections and most of all a new career path that offered hope and ambition and one which could fit into my family life. And so here I am taking my unwalked path of running my own business and loving every minute of it, the good, the bad, the hard and the easy.
Are you thinking of pursuing your own business dream?
Here are some of my quick tips on chasing that dream.
- Invest in understanding why you want to start your own business.
- What value can you bring to your own life? And think beyond monetary.
- Know what is in it for you, but also what is in it for your clients or customers.
- Understand your strengths and skills that you can bring to this business
- Understand what obstacles stand in your way and how you can overcome these obstacles.
- Talk about your dream with anyone who will listen. And be sure not to buy into the negative or judgemental comments.
- Set a daring goal to put your dream chasing into action.
- And BELIEVE! Believe that you can do it.
I do not regret that I didn’t pursue my singing career. I don’t think it would’ve been a successful one, I probably wouldn’t have seen through the first audition on Australian Idol. But I did turn my love for singing to fun Karaoke nights over the years and that nurtured my desire to sing and be centre stage. Now that I am chasing different goals, I know that being a singer wasn’t my destined career choice. But the main message here is dream a dream and if you are so passionate about it, chase it. You honestly have nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain.