How To Freefall Into Entrepreneurship
I’ve gotten great advice from well-meaning people my entire life. I have also followed almost none of it.
This isn’t an ego issue, it’s a passion issue and a results issue.
I am far too passionate of a person to “lead a life of quiet desperation” as described by Thoreau.
Also, most of the people issuing the safe advice are miserable in their current jobs, “workin’ for the weekend”, holding out for a retirement pension if they can squeak by for a few more years in whatever job they work in. I would not like to participate in that scenario.
The advice in question went something like this:
“Liz! You’re great in business. You should either work for me and make me money, or maybe stay at a low level within a corporation, slowly save up your money and maybe one day open a shop of some kind.”
2 problems: First of all, that I have never been circumstance conditioned. I have never waited for the “perfect” opportunity or until I had a certain level of security to begin any endeavor, and second, that my great-uncle who was caring for my World War 2 veteran grandfather hit his head, slipped into a coma and died within 3 days.
So instead of staying within the company that I loved at that time, I put in my 2 weeks, wrapped things up and headed back to Texas to be with my family and start a business, IN THAT ORDER.
Going from a medical background (read: fast paced, high risk) to a high level corporate job (promoted 5 times in a year and a half, also with a high risk high profile company) to leaving everything I’ve known since I was 15 (working for someone else), leaving all of that, putting family first and starting a business from scratch was a huge pivot.
Knowing that I work 20 hours per week and am more productive than most people in my demographic is a huge affirmation that I am doing what I was made to do, however. Passion, hustle, optimism, risks, results.
If this sounds like you, you should probably know:
- It’s going to be hard.
- It’s going to take balls of steel.
- If you do it right, it’s the most fun, addicting rush in the world.
You get addicted to helping people with their pain points. You get addicted to being able to live life on your terms. There is a certain thrill to finishing a meeting, deciding to cook pancakes for lunch in your own kitchen and letting your toddler play with props in your training video.
Having said all of that, I am young, enjoy taking risks, and I’ve looked death in the eye not a few times. So if you prefer to spruce up the resume and do the Twitter hashtag search for the #opportunityofalifetime, you go, baby.
I’ll be the one falling from the edge, laughing all the way down.