What it means to be an entrepreneur: The daily grind
It means doing something really hard, learning some tough lessons about self and life, and gaining something in life that is worth more than what is sacrificed.
A smart business person I know said, (paraphrasing) “The most important step to being rich is to make the decision.”
Most people won’t be rich because they’ll never make the decision to do so. But this is not just a decision to be rich. In fact, it’s not about the money at all. It’s about something much greater. Money tends to be the metric we talk about because it is a side effect of entrepreneurial success.
Entrepreneurship is a way of life. Making the decision is bound to happen for most of us. It’s just a matter of time. And this decision becomes an extremely significant moment because there is no turning back. If one does turn back, they were not an entrepreneur to begin with. The not-willing-to-turn-back is part of what defines an entrepreneur.
We, entrepreneurs, take a tough road. We fall much more often than normal people. We are ridiculed. We are different. We often give up the part of life that most people live for: free time and family time. We are dedicated at all costs. We’d pursue business after losing everything and being homeless. Nothing will stop us. Being an entrepreneur means being beat down over and over. And getting back up EVERY SINGLE TIME. It means learning lessons. And not just business lessons. Hard lessons about self and life. And as a result, we change and view the world differently.
I’m at a point in my life where things are looking really good. I’m not making much more than I have been, but my positioning is changing. A foundation is being built. Business is good. But, man, when I look back, I really seemed crazy.
I remember when I was learning how to sell as an agent, I was always so nervous in front of people. The pressure was on. I’m an introvert and not comfortable being aggressively persuasive. And I was losing money. This was a really difficult part of my life. It challenged my pride, my marriage, my sanity, and who I thought I was. A time came when I had to get a job to catch up and dig myself out of a hole. And as soon as I did that, back on the horse I go. I had to figure it out. I was willing to challenge my pride, my marriage, my sanity, and myself all over again. But this time around, I met someone that planted a seed in my head. I won’t go into detail about it here. Maybe that will be a different post. But it had to do with success through connections. I eventually learned that the absolute best way to market is to not market at all. When I figured this out, I could relax and be myself. It was a turning point for me because I could have confidence again. The pressure will never be on again.
Well, believe me, there is a whole lot more to the story than just what I wrote here. But the moral of the story is: Being an entrepreneur is hard. It’s a way of life. We put ourselves through hell and we love it. We are few. We are different. And we learn about the world in ways that “normal” people don’t get.
(By the way, different does not mean better. It just means different.)#scottsthoughts