About 12 years ago I found myself stepping off the plane in Osaka, Japan, not knowing where my life would take me.
I had finished college a year earlier and was eager to get started.
I ended up working at a local English school and found it rewarding both financially and educationally but I found myself limited and after 2 years there I decided that it was time to move on.
In November of 2000 I opened my first school and I learned very quickly both the joy, and pain, of having your own company.
Fast forward 10 years and my school is still going strong which is more than I can say for many other schools, restaurants and companies.
Amazingly 50% of new companies fail within the first two years.
80% fail within 5 years. And a whopping 96% fail within 10 years.
Deciding to start your own company is no joke and not for the weak-hearted.
Starting your own company requires
- Hard work
- And above all, a good plan
Five years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the book, “Before You Quit Your Job,” by Robert Kiyosaki and it’s one that I think everyone who is thinking of leaving the corporate world behind should read.
It might not be Kiyosaki’s best book but it’s well worth investing in.