Thinking about becoming an entrepreneur?
Here’s the definition of one:
Entrepreneur (noun): a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.
If you read that and still think you’re interested in becoming an entrepreneur, I’ve got one piece of advice for you: Don’t do it — it’s a terrible idea.
This career has no safety net and is filled with anxiety, pain, and struggles. You’ve got to figure out how to do everything on your own at the very beginning with no guidance. If you’re lucky, you’ll grow from there and bring on people to help you — but that isn’t always the case.
Being an entrepreneur requires incredibly late nights, hard sacrifices, and trade-offs you might not be willing to make. If you’re at all concerned about:
- Keeping your job
- Making money
- Being successful
…then being an entrepreneur is not for you.
There are a million ways to make money without working 100+ hours a week, being stressed out all the time, and still having every problem lead back to you. Entrepreneurs are constantly in firefighter mode, especially in the early years when first trying to gain traction — which takes much longer than you’d think.
The only reason I’d recommend someone become an entrepreneur is if there’s absolutely nothing on this earth that you can successfully do.
I’m unemployable in every other career out there, so becoming an entrepreneur was my only option if I wanted to make something of myself.
If I still haven’t turned you off to the idea of going down this career path, maybe you should consider it.
Just realize that there are a lot of other ways to make money that do not involve the high levels of pain, suffering, and risks. There have been books and studies written about CEOs, and most have found that all of them have incidences of mania and psychosis in them — especially the great ones.
Entrepreneurs are actually crazy.
If you want a peaceful life, don’t choose this difficult life — but if it’s the only thing you can do, maybe it’s worth a shot.