Happiness the Entrepreneurial Way

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This morning I awoke to this amazing quote and picture below, which made me realise how fortunate I am to work for myself, taking advantage of my “Lifestyle Entrepreneur” existence, designing my work around my lifestyle whilst making others happy in Mentoring, Advising and Educating them to do the same.

I choose when, where and how I work and although hours are long, because I love what I do, and ultimately it is for my own Business, it really does not seem like ‘work’.

Here is what I The Wisdom Mentor and Global Entrepreneurship Monitor have learned along the way about Happiness ….

1.  Be your own boss
Absolutely!  Entrepreneurs are happier than others, experiencing higher levels of job satisfaction than those who are employed, plus happier with their work-life balance.

So if you have a great business idea, but are worried that being self-employed will turn you into a stressed-out workaholic, don’t be … you’ll be a happy workaholic, instead!  Loving what you do makes such a difference.

2.…especially if you are Female, apparently
Female entrepreneurs have relatively higher levels of ‘subjective wellbeing’ than their male counterparts and more likely to be smiling during the early stages of setting up their businesses.

However, there are still fewer women becoming entrepreneurs than men, especially overseas. So be bold, ladies, your route to happiness could lie in starting up your own venture.

3.  But being an entrepreneur will only make you happy if you want to be one
There is a distinction between entrepreneurs who started their own business because they wanted to, and those who had no other option in order to earn an income.

Unsurprisingly, the latter were less happy.  Of course this also depends on what type of economy you are living in.

4.…and if you live in a society where entrepreneurs are valued…
Somewhat interestingly, in comparison with Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for example, where running your own business is valued, the European Union however, does not place the same value on entrepreneurship i.e. 90% of adult Colombians felt that being an entrepreneur was a good career choice, compared with just 40% of the Swiss population.

So we suggest surrounding yourself with inspiring people, undertake relevant training, become members of online ‘peer groups or tribes’ for continued support and sign up to sources of positive stories for entrepreneurs.

5.  You don’t have to run your own business to be an entrepreneur
Employees behaving in entrepreneurial ways within their jobs is increasingly being seen as ‘entrepreneurship’ because they lead to the development of new ideas, products and services. In other words, you might be an entrepreneur without even realising it!

Success and Happiness to you!

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