Wanted to share with you this article written by Jeff Haden. He shares valuable information about entrepreneurship and put wonderfully into words what I have been feeling and thinking. The be a business owner and entrepreneur has been an incredible journey for me. Yes, there has been and I’m sure there will be many challenges and obstacles, but they made me stronger, more resilient, more focused and disciplined. Yes, there were many nights that I laid wide awake in bed and worried about sales, product creation and introduction and many other business matters that called my attention. But I can truly say that I would not trade my freedom and opportunity for a corporate 9-5 job.
A brief excerpt from this well expressed article by Jeff Haden:
That’s why the only way to become really rich financially, and really rich personally — in other words really, really rich — is to start your own business. Even if it’s just on the side. Even if it’s just a slightly stepped-up hobby.
There’s no reason not to. You don’t have to quit your job right away; in fact, you probably shouldn’t. (One of the best ways to minimize your risk is to keep your full-time job
while you build your foundation for success.) Plus the basics of starting a business are easy; you can do it in just a few hours.
Think about it: in return for less freedom, less control, and less fulfillment, every day you go to work for someone else your upside is always capped and your downside is always huge.
The downside for entrepreneurs is also unlimited — but in return they enjoy the possibility of an unlimited financial upside and an unlimited personal upside.
Take a chance on yourself. Try to get really, really rich.
But when we talk about the life of an entrepreneur, about how it feels to be an entrepreneur, every one of them lights up. They gush about the challenges, the responsibility, the sense of mission, the sense of purpose, the sense of fulfillment and excitement of working with and for a real team, the amazing feeling of empowerment and control over their own destinies….
It happens every time.
- The bootstrappers with infinite dreams and negligible revenues light up.
- The successful entrepreneurs like Joel Gascoigne, who helped expandBuffer from a personal project into a business with a talented team with real revenues, light up.
- The hugely successful entrepreneurs like as Scott Dorsey, who helped steer ExactTarget out of a garage, into an IPO, and then into an acquisition by SalesForce.com, light up.
Every entrepreneur lights up when we talk about being an entrepreneur because they feel alive: free to chart their own courses, to make their own decisions, to make their own mistakes… to let the sky be the limit not just financially but also (and almost always more importantly) personally, too.
And in that way, regardless of financial return, they feel really rich. And they arer eally rich — regardless of income or wealth.
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