Making the Transition

Repeat After Me: I'm Good Enough...I'm Smart Enough.

All these transitional strategies won't mean much if you don't have faith in your own abilities, however. As Cigale puts it: "I have to have complete confidence in myself in order to solve problems and adapt the business to consumer needs. I try to project complete confidence, even when I don't have it."

To help build that conviction, it's crucial to take care of yourself at all levels. For Brabender, it's meant joining a gym and watching what he eats. Barnett, meanwhile, has become an "information junkie," reading like a fiend in order to educate herself and forward her success.

Still other entrepreneurs find comfort in believing in a higher power. For Barnett, "it's as important as a business plan," she says. "The type of faith you have will determine the kind of business you have."

Self-affirmations, meditation and contact with like-minded people can all help you create a solid inner foundation. But above all, trust in your decision to become an entrepreneur, even on those days when you're longing for the "stability" of a 9-to-5 environment. "Don't look back," advises Brabender. "Affirm that your decision is the right thing for you. The transition will continue daily, if not by the minute. The reality is, it's just another rung on the ladder of your life."

Staci Backauskas is a writer, speaker, teacher and the author of The Fifth Goddess. She writes frequently about spirituality and runs a Web site at

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This article was originally published in the March 2001 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Making the Transition.

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