Entrepreneurship Pioneer has a great piece to all the individuals considering becoming an entrepreneur. The rewards might be worth it in the end but are you willing to put in the time and sacrifice needed to become successful?
Entrepreneurship is a worthy career but it’s a tough career. The successful entrepreneurs you meet are smart, hard-working folks. They toiled to get where they are today. It’s not that getting started is all that hard. In today’s Internet-empowered world, it’s easier to launch a startup than to do a five-minute workout. I mean, with few clicks from your bed, you can start your online business. You can run it on the go, with your Smartphone. Launching a business is not the problem. Building it into a successful empire is.
Your idea could be a mere hallucination.
Just because you dreamed of building that billion-dollar company doesn’t mean that, when you turn your ideas into products and inject some money into marketing them, you’ll become the next success story in your niche. The world of entrepreneurship is filled with uncertainties.
There’s no guarantee that your target market will patronize your products. There’s no guarantee that you’ll make a profit in your first year (or the second, or ever). There’s no guarantee that you’ll become the next success story in your industry.
Entrepreneurship is a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. job.
What will happen if you think that entrepreneurship is an easy career? You know, just work at your leisure tinkering around with your passion. You’re wrong if you think that entrepreneurship works like that. The painful truth is, building your business is more complex, tedious and time consuming than your normal day job.
Successful entrepreneurs, knowing that they are their own bosses, wake up early every morning and show up every day for long hours to think, create and invent for their customers.
It’s not easy. They have to grind, compete in the marketplace and get their products in front of their prospects. They have to snatch some of their competitors’ customers and they have to promote their brand to the world. They struggle to find even more hours to achieve these goals — or fail woefully in the business arena.
That’s what you have to do to survive as an entrepreneur.
Are you willing to sacrifice your life?
Running a business is more than just working for a few hours on weekends, making a few bucks and cozying on the sofa with your loved ones for the rest of the week. To build a business you need to be willing to sacrifice a lot, sometimes to the detriment of your life, for your customers.
Steve Jobs’ was a man full of passion, love and admiration for a product he named after his favorite fruit — Apple. He loved his product like a mother loves her child. He made many sacrifices for it because he realized that was the only way he could “put a dent in the universe.”
Jobs devoted his entire life to building Apple. He would leave his family in the wee hours of the morning to show up before anyone else at Apple headquarters in California. He would stay after working hours to brainstorm, refine and reinforce his many ideas about the company, barely getting home to eat dinner with his wife.
In short, he sacrificed his life for it. But his legacy remains to this day. Whether you’re building another iPhone or just starting up as a freelancer, get ready to pour your sweat and blood and life to appease your market. You may not realize it is necessary, but it is.
Sacrifice. If you’re not willing to sacrifice for your customers, delete the word “success” from your vocabulary.