I just read a short blog entry entitled “Entrepreneurship is NOT a Career Move” and I couldn’t agree with it more. And I know that I am very much an entrepreneur.
Most entrepreneurs are like artists: passionate and starving
While I am most definitely not starving yet, I have to say that I am going to get there. My monthly income is in the red. I have already instituted austerity measures in my life and I have managed to reduce my bleed-rate but I am still bleeding nonetheless. I am going to starve if I am not careful.
I still keep at it only because it is my passion, my love and giving up is not something I’d like do.
A student of mine asked me yesterday on how I could possibly live this way – working 18 hour days 7 days a week and bleeding cash – and the answer is simple. I am loving my work and living through it. I am well aware of the sacrifices that I am making but it’s all for the pursuit of happiness and I am happy.
It’s more than being a risk taker
That is true. If someone likes a game of chance, they are better served going to a casino. The odds are stacked against an entrepreneur and almost all startups fail. A person would need to be crazy if they decided that they had better chances of survival as an entrepreneur.
You need to have a purpose, something that you want to prove, in order to be an entrepreneur. In my case, it’s about saving the world, one bit at a time. I suffer from a messiah complex and that’s why I have been telling people that I’m starting a religion, not a business.
It’s who you are … all you know.
Again, it’s my life. I have not been financially dependent on my family since I was 12 (one day, I’ll write my autobiography) and that kind of independence changes a person. I cannot see myself working a regular 9-5 job. I generally suck at being an employee.
I don’t see how I could possibly be doing anything else, which is why I keep returning to it.