My Beef With a 9–5

At a very young age I knew that I was not cut out to be a typical employee. Working my life away until I was able to retire and finally enjoy my life never made a whole lot of sense to me. This was the norm, but I was certain that I was going to break the mold and do things my own way.

Fortunately for myself and other young aspiring entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship is becoming more and more widely accepted by the day.

I think my original inspiration to become an entrepreneur came from my father. My father started Azeltine Homes, which is a custom home building company, 35 years ago and is still running the business today. Although he sometimes complains about the up’s and downs of being self employed, I know that he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Growing up he was always able to spend a lot of time with the family and make it to all of my school functions and sporting events. This is one of the many benefits of being self employed. You dictate your own schedule.

With this freedom comes a lot of responsibility as well though. If you’re not a very self motivated and disciplined individual, then entrepreneurship may not be for you. Don’t get it twisted, building and running your own business is beyond a full time job in regards to the amount of hustle you must put in. Many successful entrepreneurs will work 16 plus hour days on the regular, especially in the start up period.

You must be able to roll with the punches as well. Many entrepreneurs talk about the constant ups and downs of being an entrepreneur. If you stay hungry and never give up, then you’re certain to end up on top one day though.

The cool thing is that you get to see a direct correlation between the work put in and the rewards that you reap. Opposed to working a salaried job, where you’re working for the weekend and will likely receive the same pay check every single week, regardless of how much extra work you put in or even the quality of the work.

I mentioned my father who was a big influence on my choice to become an entrepreneur, but he certainly was not the only source of motivation to make this leap.

When I was sixteen years old I met a man by the name of Cory Gregory. Some of you may know Cory by the nickname ‘MusclePharmPres’ or more recently ‘CoryGFitness’. When I first met him 6 years ago at The Old School Gym he was in the process of starting a company by the name of Muscle Pharm. At the time, Muscle Pharm was in the early stages of development.

We didn’t really begin to build a friendship right away, which later turned into him being a sort of second father to me and my main mentor in life, but early conversations with him about building a business really got the wheels turning in my head.

Cory also recommended that I read a book by the name of ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’, which is written by a successful entrepreneur in his own right. The book changed my life. Do yourself a favor and order it as soon as possible.

Fast forward a few years and I was a college student at The Ohio State University. During this time, I was also working a full time job at Muscle Pharm under Cory. I was on the fast track to living the life I had sworn I would never live. The life of an employee.

At some point during my junior year of college I began to realize this and began to ponder the idea of dropping out of school to pursue my entrepreneurial endeavors. I only had a few semesters remaining before I would receive that coveted piece of paper that declares you are qualified for the real world, better known as a college degree, but I knew that this degree was worthless in regards to my life goals.

Within a month of this epiphany I told my parents that I was dropping out of school and then did just that. Just like that, I was a college dropout. They didn’t exactly understand why I had decided to make this choice, but I did and that was all that mattered. My vision for my life was very clear, and in no way did a college degree play into this vision.

Although I had dropped out of school, I was still working as a salaried employee and was far from being an entrepreneur. I knew that I wanted to get into real estate, but had no idea where to start.

Fast forward to October 5th, 2015; the day that myself and my colleagues at Muscle Pharm were laid off. At the time this seemed like a quite unfortunate turn of events, but it actually turned out to be one of the best days of my life.

Being laid off gave me two options; find another bull shit nine to five job that would secure me a comfy paycheck every week, or make the leap into entrepreneurship.

I chose the latter.

As I mentioned before, I always knew that I wanted to get into real estate investing, but had no clue where to begin. Well, this was my golden opportunity. I immediately enrolled in a three-week program to become a licensed real estate agent. I realized that I didn’t want to spend my entire life working as a real estate agent, but I knew that this would benefit me down the road as a real estate investor.

As I was getting my feet wet in real estate, I also began working on another business venture. My love for fitness and helping others improve themselves burns oh so deep inside my soul, so I decided to begin offering one on one online fitness and nutrition training.

I have been overwhelmed thus far by the number of individuals that have reached out to me saying that they look up to me for inspiration and fitness/nutrition advice. All of you inspire me to push myself more and more every single day.

Enough about me though; I want to finish this post by noting a few more things that despise about working a “normal” job.

So often I see posts on social media about the dreaded Monday mornings. Let me be frank with you for just one second. If you dread Monday mornings, there is a serious fucking problem then. Why in the world would you accept the fact that you are absolutely miserable for 40 hours every single week, not including the time you spend dreading the thought of Monday morning throughout the weekend?

This makes zero sense to me. If you don’t like the state of your current life, then change it. We all have the power to live the life that we want.

I have a million other things to say about a nine to five job, but I will digress for now.

As I said before, entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, but if anything in this article spoke to your soul, then do yourself a favor and just spend some time deeply thinking about your life.

Until next time, much love everyone.

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