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The Truth about Entrepreneurship

Most people would agree that an entrepreneur is a person who has started his or her own business. But that basic definition barely scratches the surface. It does little to capture the true essence of what it means to be a risk-taker, innovator and individual willing to carve his or her own path.

“Entrepreneurship is spreading at a time when people are increasingly unhappy or unfulfilled in their 9 to 5 jobs, leading to an oversimplified notion that becoming a business owner is the answer to all their problems,” said Grace Clapham, co-founder of an educational retreat called The Change School based in Bali. “While one of the many joys of being an entrepreneur is the ability to manage your own time and play with possibilities, this is only half the picture.”

The other half of the picture may not be as enticing. “The less glamorous reality of being an entrepreneur is that it is hard work,” added Clapham’s co-founder Solonia Teodros. “It demands discipline — doing what has to be done even when you don’t feel like it — and is abound with rough days, uncertainty and compromise.”

I came across this quote on entrepreneurship:

“”Small business is not for the faint of heart. It’s for the brave, the patient and persistent. It’s for the overcomer.” (Unknown author)

It resonated with my mind and my heart. The road to entrepreneurship is a hard one. Most people think of entrepreneurs as successful, rich and affluent people. What they don’t see is the sacrifice, the stress and the uncertainty. It can drive any sane person to the asylum.

The harsh reality of entrepreneurship is comparable to taking care of a newborn baby. The difference is that the baby eventually grows up, but for many entrepreneurs, their baby never does, and it keeps them up at night, depletes their bank account and drives a wedge in their relationships.

The flip side?

You continue to do what you love, you are in the driver’s seat and you can gain financial independence all while continuing to work the hustle. Entrepreneurs are typically positive people and never give up making them awesome to hang around with.

Bottom-line, you must be insanely self-motivated and disciplined to succeed in the world on entrepreneurship. Being an entrepreneur can be tough, but the rewards are tremendous. People can tell you how good it feels to see your business win and thrive, but until you see it happen, it’s hard to really comprehend the sheer joy and satisfaction

 

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