04/05/13 | OOO

If You’re Agonizing About Starting Up, You’re Not Ready

You’ll have a moment of clarity and know when the time is right, one female founder tells Fast Company. Do you agree?

By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

Entrepreneurship is incredibly difficult, so it makes sense that you’d pause and think carefully before jumping into founding a business. But if you’re really torn about the decision, that’s a pretty good indication you’re not ready to make the leap, AHAlife founder Shauna Mei told Fast Company recently.

The former Goldman Sachs employee explained that she drew this wisdom from her own experience:

“I went to my boss and said, I’m thinking about starting my own company. What do you think?” said Mei. That boss told her that the fact that they were having that conversation meant she wasn’t ready. And he gave her some revealing insight on how she’d know the time was right. A short while later, his premonition proved correct, and she left Goldman to start AHAlife.

Mei concludes that prospective founders should wait for, “a moment of clarity where you’re absolutely 100% determined that this is what I’m meant to do.”

Women 2.0 readers: Do you agree with Mei’s advice?

Jessica Stillman is a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM, and Brazen Careerist, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @entrylevelrebel.

Photo credit: snigl3t via Flickr.


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