One night over some drinks, a good friend asked me why I am making life so hard.
- Why not take a job and work 9 to 5?
- Wouldn’t it be nice to come home and not think about the job until the next day?
- Why travel with the family internationally for so long?
- Why put all of this on yourself?
He wasn’t the only one to ask some version of that ‘why’. I think that question is on most people’s minds.
Let’s talk about The Entrepreneur Dilemma.
I have historically been a bad employee. Not one that acts up or does a bad job. Just one that gets incredibly restlesss to the point that I can’t be there any longer and I quit. I’ve done it several times.
Why not just suck it up and do my job?
Because I am not wired that way I guess. I have always assumed there is more out there for me, for everyone really. And I feel like I am wasting my time after awhile. The feeling is overwhelming.
I’d rather feel like I took my shots, even when that means Bankruptcy, being semi-homeless with my family for a few months and seeing everyone with ‘I told you so’ on their lips.
I think others feel the same way, but maybe they have buried that piece of them down deep. If you feel like you aren’t happy at work, maybe you should get restless and look for something more. Even if it means turning off the TV at night and researching an idea.
And if you are telling yourself excuses, consider that we lost everything, have 3 kids under 7, didn’t have any internet marketing experience blah blah blah. There are thousands of stories of people more impressive than us that have shattered excuses to try something new.
I doubt you would regret the journey.
After a very public and embarrassing personal failure, I don’t regret the journey. Because I am still taking my shots.