Ok, let’s get it all out in the OPEN —entrepreneurship is one heck of a life!
Forget all that you were ever told, here are some very troubling facts to backup that statement:
Entrepreneurs have unlimited ideas, but limited funds.
Entrepreneurs have unlimited work, but limited time.
Entrepreneurs have unlimited market, but limited marketing.
Entrepreneurs have unlimited opportunities, but limited resources.
Entrepreneurs have unlimited risks, but limited guarantees.
Entrepreneurs are far MORE broke than they are rich!
Entrepreneurs fail several times MORE in life than the average human being!
Entrepreneurs experience far MORE sleepless nights than any other human being alive! (e.g. I wrote this from the middle of the night)
Entrepreneurs suffer far MORE breakups than the average joe!
Entrepreneurs consume ideas far MORE than they will ever eat real food!
Because Entrepreneurs get paid LAST!
These are just a few of the burden entrepreneurs face. I wrote an unusual article in the past “the dark side of entrepreneurship and how to avoid it” where I also listed a few other burdens of entrepreneurship.
My dear, they are so freaking real!
But in spite of all these burdens, many still follow the path less traveled –entrepreneurship. The big question then is why?
Why do entrepreneurs despite all odds, still NEVER quit?
Who in their right thinking mind would want to become an entrepreneur?
Who in their right thinking mind would want to carry so much of a burden?
The shocking truth is this; only an entrepreneur would!
The life of an entrepreneur is a life of service. And only the entrepreneur knows why he has opted for such a life.
Who Send You Message?
In the part of the world where I come from –Nigeria, there is a very popular pidgin English phrase that sums up the burden of entrepreneurship; “who send you message?“
“Who send you message?” means “did anyone force you into it?” “If no, then you shouldn’t be complaining because you brought this on yourself!”
When you lose all the money you borrowed on an idea that didn’t work out as planned. Before you go nuts, remember; who send you message?
When after doing all your possible best to please a customer and they turn around to disregard your efforts. Before releasing the venom in your mouth, remember; who send you message?
When all your mates who are no smarter than you are gainfully employed, living a comfortable life, driving expensive cars while you are still jumping the bus or catching the train, remember; who send you message?
When you look at your personal balance sheet and realize that you have more debts than cash, remember; who send you message?
When all your friends are out partying and you have to stay indoor to meet up with a client’s deadline. Before you gnash your teeth, remember; who send you message?
When everyone else is fast asleep and you are still awake working late into the night, remember; who send you message?
When you are having a hard time with your employees because they are not meeting expected targets, when you are struggling to get them fired up about the business as much as you are, before you go nuts, remember; who send you message?
You Sent Yourself!
You and no one else BUT you chose to carry this burden yourself. You have no one to blame BUT you for all the bad and the good that will befall you as a result of embarking on the entrepreneur’s journey. The outcome, however it turns out to be in the end is one you chose from the beginning. No one sent you on this journey, you sent yourself!
And guess what?
In the burden lies the joy. The burden of entrepreneurship is a burden of freedom –the quest to be all that you can possibly be!
This is the whole joy of entrepreneurship. The fact that you are on a personal vendetta to create the life of your dreams by refusing to accept or settle for the average BUT aspiring for the very best. This is the whole essence of entrepreneurship. That you are the architect of your own destiny. This is what makes the burden of entrepreneurship seem so light for you to carry. This is why you are able to go through all the entrepreneurial challenges and rather than going insane, you get stronger by the day.
Because you sent yourself, ONLY you know why!
All the money in the world is nothing compared to the joy of seeing your idea become reality.
All the money in the world is nothing compared to the sheer joy of seeing your products/services changing lives.
All the money in the world is nothing compared to the adrenaline rush of fear, doubt and uncertainty.
All the money in the world is nothing compared to the sheer joy of creative expression –passion.
All the money in the world is nothing compared to the inner peace that comes from knowing that the work you do MATTERS!
Unusual entrepreneurs take on the burden of entrepreneurship not for the material gains it brings, but for the fulfillment it brings. For if it were all about the money, there are far more less challenging avenues to wealth. Employment is one. Stock investment is another and so is intellectual property.
When unusual entrepreneurs envision the end of their entrepreneurial journey, they don’t only see wealth, they see true fulfillment. Nothing compares knowing that you have lived fulfilling purpose. The money is just icing on the cake!
What is your BIG why?
I would really love to have your feedback. Kindly share your thoughts in the comment section below. And if I don’t get any, there’s no problem. Remember; who send me message? 🙂