Being an entrepreneur is cool right now, but let’s be honest – entrepreneurship is not for most of us. To put it another way – anybody can be an entrepreneur, but most people probably shouldn’t.
I went on a spontaneous Facebook live rant about this very topic a few months ago, so if you don’t feel like reading this post just scroll to the bottom and watch the video.
I’ve had almost every kind of job you can imagine – working in bars, security, the military, restaurants, teaching – and without a doubt being an entrepreneur is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Doubly so since I started a family.
If you think being an entrepreneur means more time off, less stress, and living a life of swag and leisure, well I hate to break it to you but you’re deluding yourself. That kind of lifestyle doesn’t happen until you make it, and making it doesn’t happen overnight unless you’re insanely lucky.
For most entrepreneurs it takes years of grinding.
For most of us, there is the daily grind and hustle. The constant struggle to stay motivated while working ridiculously long hours (not counting the sneaky work you do on weekends) and having very little time off.
Did I mention that it gets doubly hard when you have a family? Balancing family time with building your business is an eternal struggle. Thinking about playing Xbox after the kids go to bed? Forget it mate, you’ve got proposals to write and contracts to review.
As I said, when you get there it’s worth it. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m getting there. I’m far enough along the entrepreneurial journey that going back to a 9 to 5 simply isn’t an option. A “regular job” couldn’t provide for my family the way I can, nor will it ever let me provide for them in the future to the level that I want to.
So, before you hitch your wagon to being an entrepreneur, ask yourself (and be deadly honest)- is this really for me? Am I willing to work harder, sacrifice more, fail, start over and have less until I make it? If you’re not being honest with yourself about your commitment then you are setting yourself up to fail, and your valuable energy would be better spent elsewhere.