You're going to wish you'd done it sooner.
That's going to be your first thought as soon as you hit success. When your business idea takes off and you find that you're not just making money but doing it in a way that you love and enjoy, you'll wonder why you didn't start years ago. You might even count off all that time you wasted doing something you weren't crazy about when you could have been doing this great thing instead.
The answer is that you wouldn't have enjoyed it then.
Some people are natural entrepreneurs. Other people aren't. They prefer the security of a regular salary to the risks of running their own business. But the realization that you're an entrepreneur, and the understanding of the kind of entrepreneur you want to be, can take time to develop.
David Hancock has always been an entrepreneur. His first career was in property development. He built and sold residential properties. He then moved into financing those properties, helping buyers to raise the mortgages they needed. It was while he was handling those loan applications, that he started reading non-fiction books to help his company grow faster. He started with "Who Moved My Cheese?" then began working his way through the business book canon.
"I tested them by reading something in the morning and putting it to use that afternoon," he recalled. "It became clear to me that books were going to be a part of my life from that point."
At the same time as running a mortgage business, David created a small publishing firm on the side. Morgan James would be neither a traditional publisher, bringing out a tiny number of books every year, handing out advances and giving only a small share of the sales price to authors, nor would it be a traditional vanity publisher. Instead, it would create a new outlet for influencers and thought leaders to turn their ideas into books. They could enjoy professional editing and distribution that put their books in stores, and still earn the royalties they deserved.
The business took off. David enjoyed working with the authors and helping them to create their books. But when Armand Morin invited him to the first Big Seminar to promote his business, David balked. "I just wasn't ready," he said. "Whatever the reasons, psychologically, mentally, I just wasn't there yet. I was still working as a banker and I was playing publisher on the side. I was having a blast and doing well but I just wasn't ready to step out. Armand called me every ninety minutes between speakers. I just didn't go."
David Hancock let that opportunity pass by. But he did attend the following year. He met more people who could write the kinds of books he wanted to see published, and his business became the first stop for the entrepreneurial author. Over the last fourteen years, he's published 2,700 books, each hand-selected to bring to an audience ideas about which he feels passionate.
You're going to have regrets. Everyone does. And when you find something you love, you'll wonder why you didn't start doing it earlier. But the answer is simply that you weren't ready earlier--and you are ready now.
To listen to the entire FUN! podcast episode with David Hancock, click below.