People who have grown accustomed to having a fixed work schedule and to being under the direction of a higher-up have probably imagined how it would feel to work under their own terms. And truly, nothing would be more liberating than having the autonomy to choose how to spend your time and energy.
But as enticing as this may sound, not everyone is willing to put their money on this type of living as it can also seem quite daunting. Becoming your own boss takes a lot of courage and grit, and it all starts with the right mindset.
An icon in the world of self-employment is Chris Graffagnino, and it would come as no surprise if you’ve heard of him already. Chris is an innovator, a business influencer, and a global entrepreneur who co-founded a multinational corporation. He has developed global businesses on and off Wall Street and has several successful global entrepreneurial ventures. Chris specializes in business development, and he is also the founder of Settle4Success – a platform where creative minds come together and find the support they need to bring their business ideas to life.
Chris has always had this advocacy for creating a community of like-minded people because he understands that not all ideas get the recognition they deserve. In fact, some of them might sound too far fetched that they often get ridiculed. Chris himself is no stranger to battling against doubt from other people. His success journey was not a smooth one, either. This drove Chris to create an avenue where budding entrepreneurs can materialize their aspirations absent the noise of the naysayers.
Before becoming his own boss, Chris worked as a law enforcement enforcer and is now a disabled veteran of the US army. He has taken his experience in security and risk management in the private sector. From there, he was able to develop niche market areas in crisis management, such as security evacuation and repatriation services. The nature of his job necessitated a lot of traveling. This gained him a lot of recognition and earned him the reputation of being an expert in risk and risk solutions. Chris was then known for being one of the fastest growing and highly successful entrepreneurs, and in fact, Chris is currently working with several major Fortune 500 companies.
Chris encourages everyone to not let fear get in the way of success. His mentorship program, Settle4Success, aims to inspire young and hopeful entrepreneurs to finally start the business they’ve always dreamed of. He also believes that while the monetary gain is the end goal of any business, it is the journey that truly counts. He adds that enjoying the planting process will make the fruits taste sweeter.
Lastly, Chris wants to leave this message for everyone to keep in mind at all times, “There are many people who will try to convince you not to follow your dreams. Many will laugh at you as you struggle. But in the end, they will all wonder you did it. Never give up. It all boils down to hard work.”Connect with Chris via his Instagram account or head on to his website.