Founder, Author, Entrepreneur and all around hustler! Founder of 5–9 PDX, Co-Founder of Urban Camouflage, Founder of #StartUpFood and VBC. Snapchat — afflyer21
Why I risked everything for my passion Part 1.
To start, this piece is a little personal. My startup story is longer than I care to write now and it’s certainly not over. It’s hard to quantify exactly what the “everything” part of my title means to someone because they haven’t live my life. I made a decision early on that it was more important to do what I love and risk everything for it than to have never done it and be miserable.
On nearly a daily basis I run into people that drag themselves into work all to count down the eight hours to go home. Are these people entrepreneurs in hiding or just miserable people?
My story started right at that point when I woke up miserable and left work thrilled to be off. I was an entrepreneur and I’ve been suppressing these urges to create for a long time. By the time I was 28 and was ready to test the entrepreneur world and write out a business plan. The problem was, the company I wanted to start was viable and had a market need. I know that sounds like a good thing, but I was still enjoying the security of a job and more importantly a salary.
Was I really ready to give up my career and leverage my assets to take the biggest risk of my life?
Hell Ya I was!
So what was I suppose to do at this point? I have determined what I wanted to do and I was very excited to make it happen.
What I needed was time and lots of it, because starting a company absolutely cannot be a passive matter. I worked from 8:00am — 4:30pm and from 5:00pm — 11:00pm most nights were spent planning, projecting, meeting with vendors, looking at buildings, and interviewing. I hated that I had to spend eight hours of my day working, but I couldn’t wait to transition to my other passion.
I remember launching my company and the excited feeling I felt. I remember working long days and nights and not making a single penny. I never felt more broke and up in the air about where things would be, but I loved how I felt each day. I was pouring everything into my company and that is absolutely necessary.
To wrap this part up, it’s important to understand that my decision to risk everything was a response to me needing to pour everything into my company. If you think for one second that you can start a company and not risk everything, your wrong. I want to encourage my readers to consider the price of their dreams and if the price is worth the journey. For me, I can confidently say it was and in my next part I’ll start to dive into the guts of everything. It has been exciting, but certainly not a pleasure cruise.