I start each week off more scared and more excited than the last.
Seriously. I’m crazy.
But that’s the beauty of being an entrepreneur… We are ALL crazy. And don’t even think about denying such a claim…
I spoke on a panel at this year’s CSC Intern Round-up a few weeks back here in Kansas City. When asked ‘why I do, what I do’, I went for it. I do what I do (from a business stand point, not health) because I want to be in control of my life. I’m basically a control freak that can’t fathom the idea of letting someone else determine my position, my pay, my happiness, etc… Every failure and every success is my doing. It’s the same reason I loved playing tennis growing up – I was in control. Moreover, it’s very hard for me to concentrate and think rationally when a million people are waving their hands all around me… Hello, what the hell is going on!? That’s right, don’t pick this girl for your sand volleyball team.. Unless of course, there are cocktails involved <– that’s a game changer.
That being said, before the question was asked, it was brought up that entrepreneurs, as a whole, make significantly less than those who work for corporations. I thought that was an important fact to point out, because it’s true. Not only true, but one of the hardest adjustments (in my opinion) to becoming a business owner.
While answering the above, I pointed out that I often get asked (usually from non-business owners) ‘you must be making bank!?’….. haha…. ha…. ha. To which I usually respond with a simple ‘WTF’ facial expression. It’s funny, if you watch Shark Tank (who doesn’t!?), you’ll usually hear most entrepreneurs say ‘I didn’t realize how expensive it is to run a business’… Yeah, no shit – ME TOO! But that’s the beauty of it, if we could turn a profit and be millionaires in a year or two time (and don’t get me wrong, certain industries lend themselves to these sort of happenings), we’d ALL be doing this… Each and everyone one of us.
So, back to the original question – if you aren’t making millions, then why in the world do you work your butt off 24/7!?
Simple: because I’m an adrenaline junkie who has found that much like the rush I get from fast cars and large roller coasters, I get from running + operating a business. It’s my drug. And I’m addicted.
I’m not a distance runner (hello, read above — I have the attention span of a toddler), but I can only imagine that running a business is much like running a marathon… except, everyday. You start off early with a well-balanced meal, lots of energy and a game plan. The first hour goes great, but in the second, things start to go awry. You panic, your heart starts racing, you’re sending emails, you’re making phone calls and your so called ‘to-do’ list? In the garbage! For the next few hours baby, you’re tackling the task at hand – everything else is put on hold. But as the day winds down and you wipe the dried tear residue from your face – and/or make amends with the co-wokers/friends/family members you may have cursed out in a fit of rage – the light starts to come back. You’ve got it, you just fixed your first world problem and you can now dig that list out of the trash and fluidly finish the day’s plan. With successfully completing another day, you crawl into bed and peacefully drift away into a the next 5 hours of solitude before waking up and doing it all over again.
Proving to myself that I do have the stamina to make it another day? #RUSH
See, sometimes it’s ok to be scared, it’s ok to be uncomfortable, and it’s ok to scream and cry as you punch your steering wheel in some abandoned parking lot (while praying that nobody is watching you and/or calling the cops). Not only is it ok, but I’m starting to believe, it’s actually rather healthy. Because much like muscles that get stronger by tearing, SO DO WE.
Sure, you need money to live, but you only think you need money to be happy.
Figure out your “happy” and don’t let anything stand in the way of getting it.