- I have had many failures before success. I sometimes feel like screaming; however, only I am accountable for the good and the bad in my business.
- I work so hard that my body aches. Oh yes, I do break away to have balance in my life; however, I can be inseparable from my business for long stretches of time.
- I find it challenging deciding how to organize and prioritize all of my magnificent ideas.
- I begin feeling overwhelmed and unsure of the path to take, tools to use and whom to follow.
- I can get very lonely. I miss the interruptions from co-workers. Sure, they often wasted my time, but I miss it. There have even been times that I actually missed office gossip.
- I do not always feel motivated. Sure, I am inspired on most days but I do battle with self-doubt some days.
- I used to travel regularly and had an amazing social life; however, my work has often consumed me so much that I thought that distractions would only delay my success.
- I have been excitedly created new programs and wrote an eBook that I believed with all my heart would change the lives of others. BUT, that program or ebook was not received the way I imagined it would be. Ouch…that really hurts.
Being an Entrepreneur Sucks
Since I left Corporate America, I have met several people who are dangerously misguided about the truth behind being an entrepreneur. Many of us did not really have an idea what being our own boss would be like. I went from college directly to working for someone else because it was the only thing I knew and understood back then.
It has now been seven years since I left my corporate job–switching overnight from being a rebellious although high-performing corporate employee to being a terrified, clueless but willing entrepreneur. No, it does not ready suck…I actually love all of the ups and down.
It has been a roller coaster. I have done things that I never thought I would do and I have failed at projects that I thought would take off without a shadow of a doubt after I poured five months of love and sweat into one that comes to my mind. I have also had to battle a lot of inner demons to push through and to continue to believe in myself every single day.
On some days, I can see how someone hearing me talk about the thrill of entrepreneurship, would have the mistaken impression that entrepreneurship and thriving in the self-employed world is easy. But heck no. It is far from it. In fact, easy has nothing to do with being thrilled and fulfilled with the work that you do in this world. Easy is irrelevant. Easy is a misguided notion. Easy is a sales tactic of lying and luring the unfortunate buyer.
Even if I could have it easy, I do not think that I really would have wanted it that way because in the end, we all want to do work that is meaningful and that makes a difference. Sitting on the beach, staring at the ocean with a drink in hand can get very old. The mind hungers for knowledge, learning, accomplishments and the energy of completion.
Entrepreneurship is very challenging work. The real difficult shift is that you have to take responsibility for everything, especially for yourself. You are not longer being asked by anyone to do anything. You are now asking yourself to do something worthwhile. You are no longer being given a group of clients to serve at a random company. You are now looking to serve only those who can truly use your talents and skills.
Your manager is no longer calling the shots. You are now calling them. You are also taking responsibility for the faults, being accountable to yourself for results, and fighting all the battles along the way. When you succeed, you are going to reap all the rewards and get all the credit. When you do not succeed, you have to clean up the mess on your own.
Some of the things that I consider the downside of being an entrepreneur:
Yes, a lot of the time I have felt that my business owned me rather than I owned a business. But, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I was called to do my work from the beginning. It would take me several hours to explain exactly why this self-employment thing, this pursuing your own thing and creating something out of nothing and bringing your own ideas to life, and serving the world exactly on your own terms, is worth every battle, every headache, every sacrifice.
Whom are you meant to serve with your gifts, talents, skills and genius? And how are you doing that?