Startup Diaries: My Ultimate Sacrifice To Pursue Purpose And Passion

Rachelle Smith, Entrepreneur and Founder of Positive Creative Infusion Consulting LLC.   Rachelle Smith chose to leave a successful career in the Biotechnology industry in order to start up her own business. She talks to The NextWomen about how the decision to take this risk and pursue her entrepreneurial dreams has changed her life, and has also given her the confidence to inspire others.

Very few individuals have the courage to walk away from a highly lucrative career to venture into the unknown. It was a big risk, but I did, and haven’t looked back. 

It hasn’t been easy. I voluntarily left a fruitful sales career in the Biotechnology industry and started my business in early 2012. 

The income and perks of my previous career were phenomenal, but I wasn’t fulfilled. I knew there had to be more to life than that. 

I wanted to pursue my life purpose and make a difference in the world. My life had become stale and stagnant.

Can you relate?

Don’t get me wrong; Corporate America was good to me. The fact was, I had changed. My priorities, values and expectations had shifted during the course of my career.

When I resigned, some people thought I was crazy; Some people applauded my courage; Some people didn’t know what to think. Fortunately, my confidence was solid, and I was able to make the right decision in favor of my future happiness. It was the most difficult decision of my life, but is one that was well worth it. I couldn’t understand the full impact of my decision at the time but it is crystal clear to me now.

I had to make tough decisions to show others that it can be done. That courageous move changed the course of my life. My life is now full of passion and purpose. I didn’t settle.

Life has a way of throwing curve balls our way. I had originally planned to start a consulting business after retiring from corporate America, but, instead, ultimately decided to make my entrepreneurial dream come true – twenty years ahead of schedule. Now that I have done it, I want to encourage others to do it as well.

We all have things that we are passionate about and naturally gifted at. Part of my life mission is to inspire and challenge others to engage in thorough planning and preparation to build businesses around their passion, gifts and talents.

If you have always dreamed of being an entrepreneur, you can make your dream come true. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. You can become the next success story. It happens every day. Why can’t it be you?

Farrah Gray said, “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

I am so passionate about entrepreneurship, that I wrote a book to inspire and challenge others to profit from their passion and make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. My new book, Monetizing Your Passion: You Have What It Takes! was birthed from my own journey. My pain is your gain. Starting a business seems to be a far-fetched dream for most people. It doesn’t have to be. There are so many resources available to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Sally Deneen’s July 2013 article in Success, “8 Reasons To Take The Entrepreneurial Plunge”, lists the following reasons why the timing is right to start a business:

  • The economy is picking up, and there’s pent up demand from consumers.
    • As Omar Soliman notices at his spinoff company College Hunks Moving, which benefits from the improving real estate market.
  • Crowdfunding provides another means of financing.
    • Crowdfunding lets you ask the public for money for your small business or project via sites such as Kickstarter.com, PeopleFund.it, RocketHub.com, Indiegogo.com and Smallknot.com.
  • Incentives.
    • Obama has signed 18 tax cuts for small businesses.
  • Resources abound, so you don’t have to do it all on your own.
    • The Kauffman Foundation offers programs such as Startup Weekend and FastTrac.org to help you go from the idea stage to an actual business. FastTrac says it has helped 350,000 plus entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses by providing practical hands-on business development programs tailored to different groups, including baby boomers, veterans, tech ventures or anyone starting out.
  • More new support to get you started.
    • The Small Business Administration’s new Startup America initiative is committing $2 billion as a match to private-sector investment in promising high-growth companies. Among other newer sources of help, Startup America Partnership has made more than $1 billion in business services available to a national network expected to serve tens of thousands of startups.
  • Lots of freelancers are out there to do contract work for you.
    • One in three U.S. workers is a freelancer.
  • You can think globally, not just locally.
    • More and more business owners and entrepreneurs are looking at what they can do to export their goods and services.
  • You’re needed.
    • Small business ownership is the backbone of the U.S. economy.

Entrepreneurship has been booming for several years in the United States. “In 2010, an average of 0.34 percent of adults created a new business each month, equaling about 565,000 new businesses per month,” according to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity 1996-2010, published in March of 2011.

Monetizing Your Passion: You Have What It Takes! includes wisdom from my entrepreneurial journey and expert start-up accounting advice. It also highlights the journeys of fourteen passionate and successful entrepreneurs I surveyed from various industries across the United States. 

I have poured my heart and soul into helping others make their dreams come true. When I took that step of faith and walked away from my corporate career, I had no idea what was in store for me. It was scary. I didn’t know what was next. All that I had was an inner knowledge that things would eventually work out.

I refused to give up on my dream. It has been worth it. I’m passionate. I am happy. I made my dream come true. I am living life on purpose. And you can, too!

I’m cheering you on. In the spirit of cheering aspiring entrepreneurs on, I launched the Monetizing Your Passion (MYP) Movement, an online global community of aspiring and current entrepreneurs. Join the movement!

Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” It’s your time. Get ready!

Rachelle Smith is the principal and founder of Positive Creative Infusion Consulting LLC, a national consulting, training and professional speaking firm based in Novi, Michigan. She graduated from Louisiana State University in Shreveport with a Bachelor’s degree, and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Florida International University in Miami and a second Master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Rachelle’s greatest passion in life is challenging, inspiring and motivating companies, organizations and individuals to be the best they can be and to reach unparalleled success. An avid writer, she is also the author of several books. 

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