You May Not Actually Want To Be An Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur is the most stressful and rewarding thing. There’s a reason so many companies fail in the first year. It’s fucking hard. In the beginning, the stress can very easily outweigh the reward. Loving what you do isn’t always enough to power through. Reality is relentless. These bills have to get paid.

You are at the mercy of the deadlines and the timelines that come along with being an adult. You haven’t yet hit your groove. Everything is changing and pivoting all of the time. There’s no stability. In those circumstances, you have to have a blind and nearly irrational drive, fueled by the reason why you wanted to do that thing in the first place. Why did you build this? Who are you helping? What’s the point?

Being an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone.

It shouldn’t be something you aspire to if you don’t want the responsibility. It’s not a badge of honor, it’s a choice that should be taken seriously. You’re committing to a certain level of hardship for an undetermined amount of time. The reason that I can speak this way is because if you’re truly an entrepreneur, if you’re meant to build something from scratch, this won’t discourage you. If you’re meant for it, there’s nothing else that you could do and still feel fulfilled. For me, it’s how I’m wired and I’ve known that for a very long time.

If you find that you can never seem to find a job that satisfies you, if really great opportunities feel wasted on you, if you can’t stop daydreaming about what could be long enough to focus on where you are–that may be a sign that you’re not aligned with your purpose. You shouldn’t be afraid of that thing that’s gnawing at you, but you should understand. Creating is an art and maintaining is a business. The two can’t be separated. It’s a vulnerable thing to marry your passion to your livelihood. It’s hard every day but, if it’s for you, it’s a price worth paying.