Being An Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurship comes with its share of ups and downs. You know what’s the best thing about being an entrepreneur? It’s freaking uncomfortable. And that’s where all the growth happens. It’s an addiction.
The adrenaline rush of a call for a sale that was too big for you, the overwhelming emotion of winning an award and the desperation after losing a contract. It’s like bungee-jumping.
I am more than convinced that I would have never been able to become as resilient as I am now without jumping into entrepreneurship in my twenties. It forced me to ask the tough questions in life that many people put off until their midlife crisis.
I am glad I need to ask myself “why the heck I am doing what I’m doing every single day.
Entrepreneurship forces you to take ownership of your life and figure out your “why”. It’s not fun. I lost two big contracts early on my career.
I remember breaking nights feeling like my mind was physically torturing me, stretching me. It hurt but it got better and I learned to separate my identity from my business. I can lose a contract without it ruining my week now, I have control over my emotions. I stopped worrying about the little stuff that I used to complain about before jumping into entrepreneurship and, I learned that the worst-case scenario rarely happens; you might as well take risks.
Entrepreneurship is not all “freedom, work from wherever you want to, and do what you love”. It’s a roller-coaster of self-discovery with lows far outside your comfort zone but highs far higher than you’ve ever experienced and both these lows and highs are the best thing about entrepreneurship.
The most obvious advantage is the opportunity to be your own boss. Being in charge and making the important decisions regarding your business can be fulfilling, but it can also be challenging.