What Being an Entrepreneur Has Taught Me
Being an entrepreneur has taught me a number of things. Not so much things like “why you should start a small business” — because if you are an entrepreneur, you’re going to do so anyway. And if you aren’t, then you already know that many people shouldn’t do so, or have no desire to anyway. Most importantly, being an entrepreneur has taught me about the value of pursuing your dreams.
When you pursue your dreams, you really live. Life is just that much more interesting. It may involve a whole lot of hard work, and it will probably involve failures along the way, but it is worth it.
You wake up excited to start the day. You wake up challenged. Sometimes, you wake up exhausted. But it is always worth it, even when you doubt yourself.
It’s taught me to keep going when things get tough. It’s taught me to ask for help from people who have gone before, and from those around me. It’s taught me to focus on the things I believe in, even if those things aren’t always what other people are interested in, and even if those things don’t match up with the “normal” way to do things. It’s taught me to persist, enjoy, and experiment.
Your dream doesn’t have to be being an entrepreneur. It can be traveling the world, retiring from the same job you have today, raising a family, or anything combination of things you like. Put the effort in, and persist, and you will eventually get there. Most importantly, you’ll enjoy the journey along the way.