5 Things No One Tells You About Being an Entrepreneur

Guest post by one of our “silent” entrepreneurs, this is a good one.

Once upon a time, all entrepreneurs were just like you, believe it or not.  Yes, we too, felt the fire for the world of independence. At a time that the domain of the rules were no longer enough for us; we weren’t able to live any longer in the domain of the rules; so we had to enter into the domain of the struggle.  This is where the journey of the entrepreneur begins, and there is a dark side to being an entrepreneur no one tells you about…

1. That fear is what makes your business move.

Everyone seems to think the successful are fearless.  Truth is…fear is what makes that business move.  Fear for your family, fear of failure, fear of a 9-5 life in which you aren’t in control of your own destiny.  You make the leap, then money tightens up, and the lack of money makes you get off your ass and push that business to profit; harder then anything you’ve ever pushed before.

2. That the struggle is your fuel, it’s good.

Struggle is the fuel from which change is driven, and the best time to make the most of a struggle is when it smacks you in the face.  Now, I know that might sound a bit simplistic, or even wrong. But, too often we’re led to believe that struggling is a bad thing, or that we struggle because we’re doing something wrong.  The right way must be the easy way, is often what we think.  This is not so, every entrepreneur encounters one of the worst struggle’s of their life, and it is surviving and persisting through this struggle that sets true entrepreneurs apart.

3. That there is no vacation.

When you first start, you dream of this looming vacation, in which you will eventually spend your days relaxing on the beach with a corona.  The truth of being an entrepreneur is, however, that there is no looming vacation, only in a physical sense. You’ll come to see there is no vacation of the mind.  And without the mind’s vacation, the physical vacation doesn’t really exist, does it?  Once your mind becomes accustomed to the hyper active state of being an entrepreneur, you will forever remain that way.

4. That it isn’t really easy to be amazing.

Maybe the truth is, it isn’t really so easy to be amazing. Then everything would be easy. It’s the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something’s difficult to come by, you’ll do that much more to make sure it’s even harder–if not impossible–to lose.  You are now a true risk taker.

5. That there is no finish line.

Let’s just be honest, there is no such place called ‘finished’ in being an entrepreneur.  If by that we envision a finish line, or a point at which the battle is won and the need to have the struggle is over with. The truth is, even when you succeed in obtaining a measure of “finished”, you’re always forced to mobilize to defend that which you’ve won.

So if being an entrepreneur is really about fear, a struggle, pain, no finish lines or vacations…then what is so great about it that no one tells you?

There is redemption in your struggle.