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How I Knew I Was Ready to Become an Entrepreneur

 

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A friend of mine, who is an avid reader of my blog, asked me if I could write a post on when and how I knew was ready to start a business. Thinking back, I remember it started at the age of 19 when I was in college studying business. To keep afloat, I worked small part-time jobs in restaurants, bars and small offices. While I was enrolled in business classes I learnt that starting a business wasn’t as hard as it everyone said it was. I also realized that I would much prefer to work for myself than the employers who I had currently worked for. With that in mind, I made my first step into the world of entrepreneurship but before I took that important step I ran down these 6 points:

  • Was ready to start crafting my passion?:

When we start our careers we usually start in low entry jobs. These jobs generally entail tasks that are repetitive or soon become repetitive. It came to the point where I wasn’t pshcially capable of doing work I didn’t want to do anymore. I knew that by becoming my own boss and by stepping into the world of entrepreneurship I would be able to experience and practice a much broader line of skills. Entrepreneurship allows you to focus on the activities and passions you care most about or are most interested in. You can do this by finding ways to incorporate them into your business or forming your business around this concept.

  • I never received anything from the companies I worked for that was as valuable as the time I invested:

Building someone else’s dream is what we call a job, or even a career. If you have a job, it needs to bring something into your life. As for me, completing projects that brought an already wealthy person more money wasn’t filling in my achievement meter. I found the companies I worked for generally lacked a sense of community, meaningful goals and proper values. If you’re going to work for a company find one that you can admire and if you can’t find a non-materialistic value in them don’t work for them. Start your own projects, make a difference in the world and don’t submit to a greedy CEO. I decided that my time was best invested when it was towards my own dreams and passions.

  • I desired to live my life to its fullest and was ready to create the time to do so:

When you’re employed you will always have schedules, mannerisms and goals to follow. You’ll have deadlines to follow, a boss to follow, a contract to follow – you’ll be following something constantly. To me, becoming an entrepreneur was my entry way to following my own schedule and creating my own rules. I know, many people who put up with unjustified behavior and treatment at their jobs because they enjoy the comforts of their stability within their jobs. Something they don’t realize is that their quality of life has declined for all the wrong reasons and reasons that are not worth it.

Maintaining a free schedule that allows you to stay disciplined is important. Being able to freely decide on what they are doing, when they are doing it, how they’re doing it and who you are dealing with is what I define as true freedom.

  • I wanted to do make decisions and felt entitled to my opinion and beliefs:

I am a free soul who bases everything I do off of my vision, morals and values. Within a job, often times employers make you operate on their terms. They force you to see from their perspectives with the bribery of money which will eventually corrupt the soul. You have to always remember that you can be your own leader and develop your own methods of business even if they are not as prosperous as other solutions. For example, I am completely against non-environmentally friendly production so I do my best to find dealers who are socially and environmentally friendly.

When you give yourself the freedom to navigate your operations the way you desire – you’ll notice immediately the inspiration that will fill your mind with good.

  • I had the will power to minimize my life in the mission to maximize it.

Almost every self-made business owner knows the struggle of starting their own business with no support other than our own two hands. We have less money, time, social life and romance all for the sake of our start-up. Building a business from the ground up is like having a new born baby – you invest everything into its growth. You have to give up the expensive life style that included your fancy meals – unless it’s for potential business, reduce the amount of times you go out, limit your unnecessary shopping, etc. This sounds depressing but it’s actually so empowering. I’ve become a minimalistic through these strict practices and I do not not feel as if anything in my life is missing. I believe it is because I am working towards something that I believe is far greater than materialistic things.

  • I felt uncomfortable staying in something I didn’t believe in:

This point is my finishing point – it is also the most important. This doesn’t just apply to work or business – it applies to everything in life. As individuals, we have so much power and groups we have even more. When you are in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or feels wrong you must take action. For me, I simply didn’t agree with  my past employmers which is why I took a step in my own direction. You should do the same.

I hope you enjoyed this read and please share your experiences and thoughts in the comment board!

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Montreal Business Owner – Dress Pants For Winter!

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Professional wardrobes that keep you warm in the winter are hard to find and to put together in the morning. Ideally, you would prefer to keep it as simple as your summer wardrobe but the cold will always protest against it. I would say the number one issue with winter wardrobes is finding a pair of dress pants that will keep you as warm as your winter jacket when outdoors and traveling.

Gregory Oganesian, like many Canadians, has experienced countless harsh winter days. He has endured the biting winds and blowing snow, and has faced the all too familiar daily dilemma: “Do I dress warm to get to work, or do I dress professionally?” Long johns were too bulky and trousers were too cold, so Gregory decided to take matters into his own hands. Unable to find pants that were both functional and fashionable, Gregory Oganesian invented his own, and founded NORN.

NORN creates professional trousers with a built-in thermal lining, designed to take you effortlessly from outdoors to the office. Made with a sharp polyester-wool blend exterior and a warm polyester lining, NORN trousers are built to last and are recongized high quality dress pant. For a small additional fee, they can even be custom tailored.

Norn Dress Pants

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Léandre Guimond, fashion blogger at Le Cahier says “It was -20°C when I wore them for the first time just to test them out, and believe me, they performed!”

Norn Dress PantsSource: http://lecahier.com/norn-des-pantalons-pour-contrer-le-froid/

If you have chosen not to decorate your pants, you can send back any damaged trousers within 10 days. If any defects in the product, NORN will repair or replace your trousers, but they must be returned no more than 3 months after you receive them.

Gregory Oganesian has turned his frustration into innovation, and his ideas into reality. Based in Montréal, he works hard to create high quality trousers, built for the busy professional, and the brave Canadian. For more information on NORN pants please visit their online store at: http://www.ebay.ca/usr/norn84?_trksid=p2047675.l2559
NORN Clothing also is constantly educating professionals and people with taste for quality clothing on how to wear, maintain and stay up to date on everything to do with dress pants. So visit the NORN Facebook page or blog to get all their latest update! Here’s an info graphic they created on how to wear men’s dress pants:

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