Hey guys! Welcome to our ENGLISH BITES – The simplest, easiest and best way to practice your listening – the only one that is 100% created, executed and delivered from me to you – This is Erika Belmonte speaking and I’ll be more than pleased to be here with you guys three times a week and I’m pretty sure we’ll have a great time together – because more than learning and improving your English, I also want you to have some fun through a very exclusive content.
Oh…. One more thing, in case you need the transcription of this English Bite, please go to www.clubedoingles.com/englishbites and look for the episode number 72.
Howdy! Today’s episode is a very special one. Today the subscriptions for the English Bites are open again. It’s been almost 5 months since we added new subscribers and this time was put to good use. A lot was learned and the platform and product are growing! That is very exciting! Stay tuned for exciting news coming up in the next days.
And that… takes me to the subject of today’s episode: entrepreneurship, or, in other words, being able to work for yourself.
Running your own is one of the most common dreams that people have. Who wouldn’t like to NOT have a boss? Someone telling you what to do all the time? Being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want? Right!?!?!
Whenever we see a successful entrepreneur, especially on TV, news or magazines, we think to ourselves “I really wish I could have that kind of life”.
The good thing about this is… that YOU CAN!
However, being an entrepreneur working for yourself is not always good. It’s quite the opposite, actually. Most of the time someone who is trying to bootstrap their own business will work at night, after their day job. After all, it’s not overnight and by magic that you will have a business that is making sustainable and growing income. To keep, the lights, and the dream on, you will need to work on the business at nights and weekends and forgo all the pleasures and leisure time you had before.
And you will have to do it for a long, long time! In average it takes a business owner more than 10 years to create a sustainable business! Did you know that? Of course, there are some stories about overnight successes like Mark Zuckerberg (from Facebook), but even in that case, it wasn’t easy and as fast as media outlets make us think.
Ok, so now that we accepted that you will have to let the fun and rest behind for a while what comes next?
Failure? How come?
The official IBGE statistics tells us that after 5 years, more than 60% of companies will fail. The percentage grows even more after 10 years.
So, if you want to be a self-employed business person you will have to take a lot of risks and, most likely, end up failing at some point. But that shouldn’t prevent you from trying! Chances are that the more mistakes you make along the journey, the more you will learn and the chance for success will increase!
Eventually, you will have tried and failed a lot and the only thing left is going to be… success!
And when that comes, you will be THRILLED and feel ecstatic!
Why I’m talking about this? For two reasons:
I personally believe that it is really important to foster entrepreneurship. That’s the only way that people’s lives can improve. The business owner gains, the community gains with jobs that are created and the whole market gains because of competition.
The other reason is to mention that Erika is working non-stop for Clube do Inglês for almost 4 years now. FOUR YEARS! Can you imagine dedicating a lot of your own personal time to put something together for FREE?
That’s right. Erika still teaches English as a full-time job and now, after 4 years, Clube do Inglês, is starting to produce some income, but as we Brazilian’s say: “it’s dinheiro de pinga” and not enough to quit her “day job”.
It’s hard, it’s tough, but it’s also very rewarding, especially when good feedback and success stories come out of it. She loves the feedback you give. She reads every single message, even if she can’t reply to all of them.
Ok, time to finish this episode, but not without talking about learning English.
If you paid enough attention to this episode you most likely have noticed that everything that I said about being your own boss also applies to English learning (and any other good thing in life).
- You have to study on your own time
- You do it for free
- Most of the time you are by yourself during the learning journey
- It is hard work. A new language can’t be learned overnight
However, once you realize you can speak English it is AWESOME and every pain was worth it!
I hope that reasons with you and that you liked today’s episode.
See you next time!