Perhaps 2015 is the Right Time to Pursue a New Work Life – Guest Post by Larry S. Powell

“Go confidently in the direction of your dream. Live the life you have imagined.”
– Henry David Thoreau


Do you have a dream to be self-employed; to own your own business? Does this dream inspire you, energize you, and stir your inner drive to do everything you can to achieve it? Perhaps the most important question is, “How will you achieve your dream”?

The answer to this question is imperative because it is THE REASON most people never realize their dream. Too often franchise / business owner “wannabes” simply lose their focus and drift away. These people, who really want to own a business, don’t ever get to enjoy that wonderful experience because they allow the “FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) Factor” to grow, fester and steal their vision.They have no guidance or strategy in place, no knowledge of what is needed and must be sometimes sacrificed, to have that dream come true.

Most people have no idea how to achieve the goal of becoming a business owner. They don’t know what type of business is right for them, or where or how to start the process. So, most people simply get overwhelmed with fear, uncertainty and doubt. And, when people are unsure as to what, how, and when, they STOP.

The paragraph above could have described me in 2001. From an early age, I always wanted to be self-employed, but after spending 25 years in corporate Human Resources roles, I had no idea how to achieve my dream. I possessed a belief that there was a business that would provide a better lifestyle for me out there somewhere, but I didn’t know how to get from here (corporate employment) to there (The Dream). I was feeling over-whelmed and fearful.

I didn’t let FUD stop me though. Instead, I obtained the services of a franchise consultant who guided me through the process of becoming a “refugee of corporate America.” And, as is often said, the rest is history.

Don’t just change your curtains, change your view. I did! Read my story.

Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition but have always wanted to be self-employed. If self-employment and business ownership is your aspiration, are you going to stand on the sideline and watch opportunity pass you by, or take positive steps towards realizing the dream of independence, freedom, and improved work-life that is often enjoyed by business owners?

Call me if this scenario is of interest and value to you. Receive:

  • Assistance to help you better identify your goals, investment requirements and lifestyle needs.
  • Help defining what you want your work life to look like.
  • Information on self-employment options.
  • Guidance on exploring opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment.

Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself!

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Larry S. Powell
Franchise Quest…Franchise Search Consultants
San Antonio, TX 78248
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