03 Jul What They Don’t Tell You About Entrepreneurship
Most people get it twisted. Most people don’t have a strong enough why before they get started.
They see a picture of someone sitting on the beach with a tropical mixed drink and a laptop and think that’s what it means to be an entrepreneur. They think they can make an impact by only working 4 hours a week, or simply ‘think’ their way to riches. They think that by putting CEO on their Vista Print business cards, they somehow know what it’s like to run a business, or that setting up a pretty website is all it takes to succeed.
What they don’t tell you about are those 100-hour work weeks while you build, those hundreds of mistakes and wrong turns. Those days so long you forget what time of day, and what day of the week it is.
They don’t tell you about sacrificing your life and feeling like you’re losing your sanity, all to see your idea succeed. Delivering so much value to your customers and everyone around you, that you get to the point where you think you have nothing left to give.
When you have thousands in your bank account, only to pay everyone first, then realize you have just enough to eat from the dollar menu for another week.
They don’t tell you what an emotional and physical roller coaster being an entrepreneur is. The enormous amount of energy you expend just in your day to day grind.
The constant having to persuade, pitch, and sell, not just your products and services, but your ideas, your vision, and yourself.
The constant feeling of frustration, overwhelm, stress and sometimes even anger. Even when you’re great at getting results, building, connecting and inspiring everyone around you, it’s a terribly lonely ride. But you know you’d rather go broke building your dream, rather than just get by building someone else’s.
If you don’t believe, no one will. If you don’t succeed, no will see, no one will care, and nothing will change. For a real entrepreneur, no one believing, and nothing changing, is what adds fuel to our purpose and fire to our passion. It’s what makes us great and keeps us going. It’s what makes those “can’t sleep, gotta keep grinding” moments worth it.
Real entrepreneurs strive for greatness and strive to build a better world. The create opportunity where others see only problems, and they have an insatiable desire to succeed. A great entrepreneur isn’t focused on his or herself. They solve a problem better than anyone else.
Driven by our “why”, we don’t care if the world thinks we’re crazy and obsessed. We firmly believe one day, others will see and believe in our purpose too. We don’t accept things as they are, we make things as they can be.
It’s not about the fancy title on your card, it’s about getting stuff done. It’s not about resting on the beach, it’s about making progress. It’s not about only working 4 hours a week, it’s about making a difference every day of the week. It’s not about how much money you can make, it’s about how many lives you can impact because of something you’ve built.
We know it won’t always be this crazy in the future, and we’d rather work 100 hours a week to make sure it won’t. We know we can make a difference, and we also know the money and the lifestyle will come AFTER we hustle, grind, take massive action, and deliver massive value. We’re ready to do whatever it takes to build something great.
So before you jump into trying to be an entrepreneur, figure out your definite purpose, your “why”; it’s the only thing you’ll have for a while. If your why is that beach, drink and laptop, go get a job and take a paid vacation.
If your “why” is to change the game, make a difference and add value, leave a comment below; and welcome, to the #EntrepreneurGrind – We’re here to get shit done.