Dear Entrepreneurs: The Daily Grind Does Not Get Any Easier (But you’ll get better at it)
There is this moment when you’re a young startup, where you imagine what it will be like, years from now when everything is going flawlessly.
You’re no longer going to have to hunt for customers; they come to you.
All of the small fires you put out daily with your team goes away. Processes and order become the norm.
There is no such thing as drama any longer. Only growth, scalability, and fulfillment.
It sounds too good to be true, right? Well, that is because it is.
Nine years into business operations, I can tell you personally, it doesn’t get any easier to run a company once it has grown up. That doesn’t mean it isn’t or won’t be the time of your life. It doesn’t mean you won’t be growing. It also doesn’t mean that you won’t be unhappy.
Opposite in-fact is true for me.
However, the truth of the matter is, the bigger you get, the more problems, little fires, big fires, and explosions you’ll have to deal with.
The reality is if you plan to be successful as an entrepreneur, as an executive, you need to fall in love with the daily grind, not just the end of the journey.
And I mean it, you need to love it. Not tolerate it. Not occasionally enjoy it. You need to love it or else it will burn you out.
It will destroy you. I’ve seen great companies fail because the daily grind got to the best of them. So, why is this the case? Why is it that we all think we will magically flip a switch one day, and operations will go smoothly from that point forward?
Well, for starters, we learn. The mistakes and error of judgments you make today, you won’t make again tomorrow.
That is 100% correct too. We’ve learned in nine years at Chop Dawg how to have an ideal process to produce results for our clients, how to build better apps, how to design better apps, how to manage expectations, work as a team, communicate as a team, handle clients in any situation, how to better book keep, find customers, optimize our servers, perform better programming, be more efficient, and you get the idea.
The list goes on and on. However, the better you get, the higher the stakes. The more you’re doing at once. The more area of uncertainty and the further, out of your comfort zone you are willing to go.
You’re starting to get the idea, aren’t you? You’ll never stop growing. You’ll never stop experimenting. You’ll never stop trying to be better than you are the day before. You’ll continue to grow in whole new areas, where yes, you will again, be basically a small startup in a growing company, working out the kinks.
This is okay. There is a reason why so many individuals are not cut out to be entrepreneurs. It takes a particular type of insanity and naive optimism to function as one. Sure, you might be able to be an entrepreneur for a few days, weeks, months, hell, maybe even years.
Sure, you have entrepreneurial tendencies. However, to be a purebred entrepreneur, it takes that special form of crazy to love the grind. It takes a different type of person who won’t mind their hair turning gray, sometimes not being able to sleep comfortably at night, being on the front lines of a war zone.
Before you continue embarking on that entrepreneurial journey, before you even begin; ask yourself, do you love the grind? Will you love the grind? Or will the grind get to you?