Yesterday was National Entrepreneurs Day.
I had this blog post planned but the day got away from me as I was busy, you know…being an entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurship is having its moment in the sun. It’s the new trendy profession. I think it has a lot to do with Shark Tank or everyone thinking they have the idea for the next Facebook, Amazon or Google. Entrepreneurs are the new rockstars.
If you look at the magazine covers, you would think this is a pretty stress-free baller lifestyle. If you watch the YouTube videos of those 20-year-olds with their luxury homes and Lamborghinis, you would think this is a glamorous lifestyle.
I’m here to set the record straight. Yes, those kind of folks do exist. However, the people featured on the covers of Inc., Entrepreneur and Fast Company magazines are unicorns. They’re rare. They don’t represent the 99.9% of entrepreneurs out there. As for those twenty-year-olds on YouTube, they are all completely full of shit. #FakeNews
Now, I’m not whining here. I love the flexibility of being able to do what I want, when I want. I love building. I love the chase. I love winning. This is the life I’ve chosen and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But damn y’all… this is the farthest thing from a baller or glamorous lifestyle.
Let me be the guy who tells you what it’s like before you jump in this game.
It’s nothing but stress. Total stress. All the time. Never-ending ulcer inducing stress.
It’s about hard work – not fancy cars, boats, vacations and chillin’. It’s ball busting, nose to the grindstone, 80 hours a week work. Your head never leaves the office. Never!
It’s trying to make everyone happy while making no one happy.
It’s constant bitching. Everyone’s fighting all the time and I have to be the referee and sometimes the only adult in the room.
It’s about spreadsheets. Sooooo many spreadsheets and financial reports. And, they aren’t being viewed on a laptop on a Caribbean beach.
It’s about staying up all night and sometimes even puking because payroll is coming.
It’s about making decisions that impact families – not just your family. Husbands, wives and children that aren’t yours rely on the income you produce.
It’s about people’s lives – their futures, their security, even their safety – all on you.
It doesn’t stop just because some expert came up with the theory of work/life balance. Total horse shit! It doesn’t exist.
It’s about decisions. All day. Non-stop. Hundreds of decisions every day. All of them demanding immediacy.
It’s about no one else understanding. No one within the company sees the big picture. No one outside understands why you are the way you are.
It’s everyone thinking you’re rich. They look at you different. They talk about you behind your back. They ask for things. None of them understand that you’re succeeding because the money is reinvested back into the operation.
It’s lonely. Perhaps one of the most lonely professions in the world.
This game isn’t made for everyone. It’s made for rock-hard people, who can hold the world on their shoulders. If you can do that, then jump on in. But, don’t jump in just because the lifestyle looks cool in a staged YouTube video.