While it's tempting to leave your business behind for your ideal position, remember that you're perfectly capable of turning your current job into its very own offer you can't refuse.
Putting thousands of hours into your own business can be overwhelming, especially when you're not seeing the success you crave. Worse yet, your livelihood--and possibly others'--depends on your ability to be successful.
So what would you do if one of your favorite companies called and made you an offer you couldn't refuse? You'd at least consider it, right? But even if the ghost of Marlon Brando himself makes you an offer, it's a good idea to assess whether the dream job is really worth it.
Being the boss comes with a lot of responsibility. You're the one who has the difficult conversations, and when the company hits a rough patch, you're the one clients will look to for answers. It's challenging and demanding, but the payoff is well worth it.
When you look back at the company you've built from the bottom up, you'll appreciate the tough times. And keep in mind that success as an entrepreneur is more fulfilling in the long term, both financially and personally. But when your dream job comes calling, it can be hard to say "no."
Ask yourself these four questions when you're tempted by a job offer:
1. Do your values align? What kind of work suits you best? If you thrive in a non-corporate setting with openness and transparency, then a buttoned-up position in a hierarchical system may not be the best fit. Recognize the company's core values and culture. Take the time to research and evaluate it to see whether it's truly your ideal position. Instead of accepting the offer, you may need to take the initiative to create your own dream job.
2. Does the job stifle professional growth? How does this job fit into your career goals? If you're a professional looking to maximize your potential in your career, then moving up the ladder is probably a major goal. Some companies don't function that way, so make sure you understand this potential career path before you take the leap.
3. Is it too demanding? How much are you willing to work? Some jobs are so demanding that they take precious time away from your personal life. A massive weekly commitment can be a risk, and while it's important to take chances, you should get a third party's perspective on the offer. Weigh the pros and cons, determining what the job would cause you to lose and what it could allow you to gain.
4. Are there below-the-surface flaws? What are current employees saying about the company? Not every job is as great as it seems. Do some research on sites like Glassdoor and Indeed and read employee reviews. You should also check for red flags in the company's financial stability, employee and client turnover rate, and year-over-year growth. Even if your dream job seems incredible right now, it's imperative that you take a long-term view.
Before you decide to abandon entrepreneurship for your dream job, consider Malcolm Gladwell's rule on expertise. You need to spend 10,000 hours practicing a skill to master it. You may be tempted to take up a trade you've always admired, but it's worth noting the area in which you've spent the most hours.
As an avid soccer fan, I've always wanted to become a soccer agent, but I remind myself that advertising is my career, and soccer is my hobby. It would make no sense to turn my hobby into my career because I've logged more than 10,000 hours in advertising, and I've put zero hours in at a sports agency.
Even if the Godfather makes you a dream job offer, you need to ask yourself pressing questions that will determine whether it's worth it. While it's tempting to leave your business behind for your ideal position, remember that you're perfectly capable of turning your current job into its very own offer you can't refuse.
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