Don’t be an entrepreneur
Being an entrepreneur sucks…
It might be the worst decision in your life to become an entrepreneur.
Especially if what you’re really looking for is freedom. Because entrepreneurship is a prison in disguise. And no one ever really talks about it. But it’s really a prison.
No matter what type of entrepreneur you are. Being an entrepreneur is not about freedom.
Simply because when you do your own thing, when you are out there on your own, no one really needs you. And when no one really needs you, when no one really cares about you, well then no one is going to end up buying your products. Or your services. Or whatever.
And when that happens you won’t be able to pay for rent. Or food.
So if you think entrepreneurship is about freedom, it really isn’t. At least not in the first 5, 10 or more years.
You’ll always depend on someone else. You’ll depend on your customers. On your partners. Or your investors. And all of these people are a lot harder to satisfy than your boss. Your boss won’t fire you that easily. Unless you do something really, really stupid.
Simply because your boss works for his boss who works for her boss who works for her boss and so on. And at the end of the day no one really cares where all the money goes to. Or comes from.
When you work for a company, no one really cares about someone getting a salary 10 levels below them. No one even knows where all that money really comes from. Or where it ends up. But most importantly your boss is not paying you his own money. It’s the company’s money. That comes from somewhere. From where? No one really knows anymore. There are just way too many layers. So your boss couldn’t care less.
Also, when you have a job, the biggest challenge is about getting hired. When you’re hired you’re pretty much set. Unless your company gets in trouble. Or they find someone who’ll do your job for a lot less. Or they invent an algorithm to replace you. Then it’s pretty much over.
On the other hand, when you’re an entrepreneur the money comes straight from your customers. Or investors. And they care about their money. A lot. A lot more than your boss does.
Sure, being an entrepreneur is great. And I love it. And it’s better than you might have imagined in your wildest dreams. It’s probably one of the coolest things in the world.
But what it’s not about is freedom. At least not in the first 5, 10 or maybe even 20 years.
I had to learn this the hard way.
Instead of working for the man, you’d be working for your customers. Or your investors. Or your partners. You’ll be their bitch.
So you’ll never really be working just for yourself. You’ll always be working for someone else. You’ll never be really free.
And this can in some cases turn into a prison. A prison called freedom…
P.S. This was part 21/30 of my upcoming book. You can check it out and pre-order it here.