A couple of years ago, just a month after my first child was born, I quit my job.
It was a decision that I’d thought about for close to a year. I had great workmates and probably the best boss in the world, but it was time to move on.
Those first few months after quitting were amazing. I was able to spend a lot of time with my wife and newborn son, while also carving out some hours to look for work. We had a good chunk of savings, so I didn’t have the pressure of having to find a job immediately.
At the same time, I was starting to do some side-project consulting work. I started to really enjoy it, and with a job not panning out, I was faced with a tough choice — keep looking for work or make consulting the full-time gig.
I chose entrepreneurship.
I’d never run a business of any sort. Actually, I’d never even thought about running a business! For as long as I can remember, I knew that I’d eventually get a job and work hard for a company — end of story.
But running a business has completely changed my life. I don’t say that with a hint of exaggeration. I cannot imagine life working for somebody else now that I’ve taken the plunge. Yes, of course, there are lots of challenges that come with entrepreneurship, but the advantages are plenty:
- The high salary ceiling (not quite there yet!)
- Learning new things everyday
- Being pushed beyond your comfort zone
- The chance to do interesting work everyday
I could go on and on.
But the greatest advantage that comes with entrepreneurship is undoubtedly this:
The ability to craft your life around what’s important to you.
Let me explain.
My family is the most important thing in my life. I have an amazing (and incredibly hot) wife, and two perfect boys. They mean so much to me.
I’ve heard countless stories of men who spent their life working like crazy to provide for their family, all the while neglecting the need to be physically and emotionally present. I don’t want that to be my legacy.
I want my wife to feel supported, encouraged and cared for. I want my kids to know that I’m there for them in their greatest moments of need, and the moments in between. I can’t be perfect, but I can try.
And that’s where entrepreneurship stands out.
I can work a 60 hour week and still put my eldest son to sleep. I can take a morning off when my wife has a crazy day coming up. I can spend 2 hours on a Monday chillin’ with my family then make it up at night.
Running a business gives me the flexibility to be there for my family. And in the end, isn’t that what work is all about ?
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