When “E” Isn’t For Everyone
The world of entrepreneurship has gained popularity in the last few years. Rappers and athletes are talking about it, YouTubers showing off their monthly income and self-help gurus telling you how they made $2M in 6 months by using one secret formula. It’s all over our social media feeds. I mean, this life is for everyone, right?
In a few short years, entrepreneurship has become one of the most popular things to talk about. The issue at hand is the narrative that everyone should be an entrepreneur when in reality very few are successful. “Be your own boss” has become the new rally cry for young people who are fed up with their minimum wage job and seek something more fulfilling.
There are plenty of jobs out there that can provide great benefits and stability. Now, I’m not here to dissuade anyone from trying, however, I would hope that people have enough self-awareness to know the difference between providing something of value and following a trend.
Despite what the internet has you believe, entrepreneurship isn’t a magic “get rich” pill. If you were to ask someone why they wanted to start their own business, they will mention either freedom, money, or both. The truth is most entrepreneurs don’t make a dime in the beginning and spend a good amount of time building their business. In most cases, they’ll end up spending more time working than they would at a typical job. The average person doesn’t have the patience it takes to withstand the workload and will eventually give up. I don’t blame anyone for believing the hype when you’re bombarded with the false realities on social media. People in their 20s and 30s popping champagne, hanging around on beaches, pockets full of money and posing on top of sports cars? Sign me up!
To some, entrepreneurship is like infatuation. You see someone you like then paint this picture in your head about how wonderful things could be yet you don’t know anything about them. Eventually, the thought fades away and you move on with life. You can also relate entrepreneurship to being in love. You’re genuinely interested in investing your time and effort. Even when things go wrong, you’ll still fight for it because you’d rather live this life than any other one. The love of the game is what separates those who want it from those who don’t.
Lack of self-awareness
When people lack self-awareness, they aren’t able to notice their strengths and weaknesses. As much as some people would love to be top dog, they must realize everyone in life has a role to play. Someone has to be the CEO and someone has to be the janitor. When you’re the boss, you are both. When things go wrong it’s your job to get everything straightened out. Self-awareness is understanding you may not be suited for one role, but you can excel in another. These kinds of people are the ones who help companies run efficiently because they are using their skills for the greater good.
Everyone relies on each other to keep the system running. We need our news reporters, cooks, manufacturers, garbage men, mailmen, etc. Everyone is just as important to society as the boss of a company. Without the people at the bottom and the middle, the people at the top wouldn’t get very far. As an entrepreneur myself I appreciate every one of them because looking at the bigger picture you will see that we are all a team.
The life you see is not always life they live.
There is too much “winning” and not enough transparency. There aren’t many on social media willing to show you what happens on an off day. Why? You would no longer be interested. It will bust your bubble and the fairy tale will be over. Because of that, they don’t want to expose themselves. When you have more people concerned with protecting their image over truth, it creates the deception that we have now.
What you don’t see is a lot of the business dealings that happen behind the scenes. Overdraft accounts and going into debt for something you believe in. The constant rejections and missed events due to work. The mental battle of self-doubt, uncertainty, and anxiety that comes with walking the path. Everything isn’t always bad, but it isn’t champagne and caviar, either.
Entrepreneurship will kick your ass. If you can take the beating, you can survive anything.
On the other hand, some entrepreneurs will tell you how hard it really is and will try to test you. They’ll do it because if they can sway you from going after what you want, it will let them know you never really wanted it in the first place.
The driving force behind entrepreneurship is when you believe you have something to offer the world. You don’t have to re-invent fire, but the goal should be creating a need or want for yourself and others. The perks are nice, but the happiness you can bring to someone and the appreciation you get is what keeps you going.
The word entrepreneur can mean so many things these days. What many people want to become isn’t an entrepreneur per se, but self-employed. It’s one thing to make money without having to work for someone — it’s another to run a business.
- If you’re someone who stays up all night thinking about ideas, make it happen.
- If you’re someone who feels like your life has led you on this career path, follow it.
- If you’re someone who is in it for the long haul regardless of failure, go for it.
- If you’re willing to do whatever it takes to turn your dreams into a reality, give it a shot.
If this resonates with you, I believe you’re on the right track.
Entrepreneurship is a tough road to take, but when you have the power to create something bigger than yourself it’s worth it. The journey will be challenging, but if you truly love the game it will be equally rewarding. No matter your age, race, religion or gender; the opportunity is there for you.
Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, it’s for anyone who wants to make an impact.