I love being an entrepreneur. It has been the biggest life changing experience but it wasn’t always easy. I had just graduated from Cal State Northridge with a bachelors in design at the beginning of our countries financial problems. Design studios weren’t hiring so I decided to just try and figure it out myself. This was one of the darkest times in my life, I was living with my parents dreaming and scheming how to make money. I had no choice but to succeed, my life and future depended on it and failure was not an option.
I stumbled across this quote and it really summed up what being an entrepreneur is about. You have the first years where you work you’re ass off. You spend countless hours reading, planning, and figuring everything out without getting any compensation for your work. You just do it because you’re passionate about it and believe in what you’re doing. Many people don’t get past this point. For any other job you do one hour of work and get paid for it but being an entrepreneur you may not see any fruits of your labor for a while.
After you get through some initial failures and push on you see the light. Things come easier to you. The ball is rolling and nothing is going to stop it. You make more money in less time which opens up you’re schedule to do things you want. For me this period was the time of the biggest personal growth in my life. In the last year I have taken a month and a half trip to Thailand, backpacked Yosemite, rock climbed once a week, and have a relationship with an amazing woman that is the love of my life.
Most people don’t have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. They usually give up before they become successful. It’s easy when you’re at the top but it’s a long road to get there.
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