In what seems like an eternity now, there once was a time where I worked for someone else. It was a manufacturing facility that produced electronic equipment for sale worldwide.
I was a small cog in a big plant, and though I did enjoy working there I always harbored a desire to start my own business. When I was growing up I can remember purchasing Entrepreneur Magazine and Small Business Opportunities at the bookstore each month. I would scour the pages looking at all the different ways to make money.
My road to becoming a business owner
I can’t say it was the money that got me excited about becoming a business owner, it was more of the lifestyle I suppose. I wanted the FREEDOM to do things the way I wanted them done. I wanted to be able to do them at my own pace and if I could make some serious money that would be a bonus.
I bought all type of courses and programs but never had any success. I can’t blame that on anyone other than myself, as I just did things half-hearted. I never went “all in” from a mental standpoint. I just went through the motions I suppose. As a result I never really got anywhere, except frustrated that is.
So by the time that I was hired at the manufacturing facility I was kind of content to just “put my time in” at this job. I had put the business idea on the back burner and just went about collecting my paychecks. Everything went smooth for a few years then an unlikely event took place. I was eating and when I bit into my sandwich my tooth started to hurt.
How one tooth motivated me to start my business
So to make a long story short, I went to the dentist and he said my tooth had cracked and I needed to schedule the work to be done with another dentist who specialized in that. He gave me some pretty strong medicine for the pain then gave me the number to the specialist. I called that dentist and they scheduled me in for the following Friday.
I was hoping for a faster appointment because I was in pain. I didn’t ‘t want to be on painkillers 24/7 for close to a week but I had no choice. To make matters worse a holiday weekend was coming up and if I didn’t get it done on Friday, it would have been on the other side of the 3 day weekend. I didn’t want that. So I went into work the next day and told my boss I needed Friday off.
He said no to me because it was too busy at work. I didn’t make a stink about if because I knew I could get my work done before Friday. So I worked my tail off for a few days then I went back to him and told him that my work was all caught up and I needed Friday off. He said no once again.
I was pretty ticked off at this point. I explained to him that I faithfully showed up each and every day on painkillers for the last week to make sure my work was done. I needed the dental work done because my tooth could get worse at any moment and I didn’t want it happening over the holiday weekend when the dentist wouldn’t be around to fix it.
Well… he said no once again. Before leaving his office I told him “I won’t be in tomorrow. I went beyond the call of duty as it is and my health comes first at this point”. He didn’t say anything. I took the next day off and had my work done. When I returned nothing was ever said about it, but things would never be the same for me again.
My dream of business ownership was given new life
It was at that moment, in his office, that I made a promise to myself to go out and start the process of becoming a business owner. I was never again going to have someone tell me I can’t have off to go take care of something that was important to me, especially concerning my well-being. I can still remember how resolute I was in my beliefs. I WAS GOING TO DO THIS!
That little story I just shared is why I got into my own business. It came down to a burning desire to be business owner, a bad tooth and a boss that said no. What a crazy combination. Now tell me your reasons! Share your thoughts below on what motivated you to do your own thing. I can’t wait to hear!