I firmly believe that entrepreneurship is more than just business, it’s personal development boot camp. Because in order to succeed, you have to have your head in the game. Jump in with both feet. Go big or go home. All that.
And, you’re constantly looking for ways to improve and up your game on all levels.
In the case of the solopreneur, you not only have to get your hustle on (or do you?) all day every day, you also do it largely on your own, at least in the beginning. You have to be self-motivated, disciplined and your enthusiasm and belief in what you are doing must not waver, no matter how long it takes for the money to show up.
It’s not for the faint of heart. And while it looks like there are a lot of us, it just seems that way because we are in it. The reality is most people don’t have the desire, the stomach or the nerves for it. Ask just about any online entrepreneur what their family, friends and coworkers think of their business, and the answer is usually laughter or an eyeroll. Let’s face it, our friends and family should be our biggest supporters, but often they are our loudest critics.
Even after we start bringing home the proverbial bacon, there is still an underlying attitude around our lack of a “real job.” We get asked questions like “what do you do all day?” and “Have you thought about getting a ‘real job’ you know, in case something happens to your business?
Entrepreneurship Will Test Your Resolve
And it will do so, over and over again. You’ll subject yourself to haters, critics and trolls. You’ll get your content stolen. You’ll get a great idea and five minutes later open up Facebook only to find someone else just had that same great idea and already created a product or a service that is generating sales. How did they DO that so quick?
You’ll deal with isolation. You might even miss the camaraderie of the workplace! You might be tempted to give in and rejoin the masses. But you know you can’t go back. So you press on.
You find your tribe and you keep going. You learn to roll with the punches. You keep doing the work. You learn to “iterate” and “pivot” and after awhile you even learn to rest.
You realize you aren’t just creating a business, you’re crafting a lifestyle.
And sometimes you do it for years before you see the financial rewards. And you do it even longer before you feel like people start to take you seriously and don’t just call your “little” business a “hobby.”
So yeah. If you’re an entrepreneur of any kind, take a moment to realize how incredibly badass you are. Then get back to work.
P.S.: And if you’re an entrepreneur who is ALSO working a full-time job — you get bonus badassery points. Cause that shit isn’t easy.
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