The want to become self-employed and open a business burns in many people. The thrill of being your own boss and building your own future can really be an amazing experience, though people need to take action on their dreams.To many people talk to friends, family and co-workers about their dreams of owning their own company one day, though many don’t take the action steps necessary to help them reach their goal. Action steps also become much harder to take when individuals who begin to get close to reaching their dreams continue to share their entrepreneurial ambitions with others. Why does it become much harder you ask?A crab in the bucket mentality unfortunately becomes the leading culprit holding wantrepreneurs back from becoming entrepreneurs. You see when you put a bunch of crabs in a bucket, when one crab begins to get close to escaping the bucket, the other crabs grab hold of that one crab and pulls it back into the bucket. The same holds true with your family, friends and co-workers who will flood your mind with negative reasons why entrepreneurship isn’t for you.You see when others haven’t experienced the joys that owning your own business can bring; they rationalize and draw negative images about it in their own minds. Now when they see you begin to escape the “normal” world, they pull you back in by sharing negative stories.The way to avoid this is through networking. Networking does a great job of helping you by surrounding yourself with other like-minded positive individuals who share your same goals.Now I know some have a fear of networking, though there are so many different types of networking events to attend that even the most shy individual can feel comfortable at one. For instance one of my favorite networking events is an event called Grubwithus. Grub is an online site that people can join or create for free a meal to attend centered around a theme. Typically the meals set a limit at the number of folks who can attend between 8-12. It’s a very casual atmosphere that anyone will feel comfortable at. The events vary greatly, though there are many centered around entrepreneurship. The events last around an hour and the price of the dinners are greatly discounted (under $30).Another great online site to find entrepreneurial networking events is a site called Meetup. Meetup is much larger than Grub and has a larger reach. Meetup has 1000’s of groups meeting up everyday and you can find almost any type of group imaginable. Think tanks, book clubs, franchising, legal, tech and so many other types of very specific niches.The bottom line is by attending one event a week you’ll surround yourself with people who will support your thoughts, partner with you and really help you stay on track towards reaching your goals. I’ve seen people at many networking events strike partnerships, help with ideas, help advise and really just help others succeed.Like anything in life you need to train to reach your goals and networking is just one way to help entrepreneurs reach their goals of becoming self-employed. By following an entrepreneurial training schedule, which includes networking, you’ll help get yourself out of the bucket that the others are holding you down in.Wishing you great entrepreneurial successes!