The message this article is going to give you is something I said to myself a few years ago. Why entrepreneurship? Why being an entrepreneur if you are about to work as hard as you have never worked before in your entire life? Why take risks and go all in?
Hard questions. But this message is not for people who are already doing something for years now, for those who are living by their own rules, values and already have a steady business going on for themselves. No.
This is a message for the guys who are trapped. Frozen in time. For those people who FEEL the fire inside but they are too afraid to take chances and live by their own efforts, thus, making their lives worse every single day. Because you cannot live like this anymore, just existing instead of living. You cannot live worthless another day focusing only about paying the bills….
Greatness. Legacy. Influence.
That’s what you should be focusing right now. Mediocrity is not for you.
Entrepreneurship is your way out. But not your way out to financial freedom, but your way out to FREEDOM.
You must do this.
You must change your fate.
Why?! You will understand why.
Hear me out on this simple message friend.
LIFE IS NOT ABOUT MONEY OR GETTING WHAT YOU WANT
“Are you crazy Peterson? Of course is about getting what we want!” No, it really isn’t. Life is about GIVING back to people and to the world we live in. Life is about living with passion, experiencing more good feelings instead of bad ones and it’s about making people THANK YOU for doing something for them. Is about improving other people’s lives like if it was your own.
That’s what life is really about.
And guess what? By improving other people’s lives, you WILL improve your life!
Because we are not here to get our share of gold from the world and stay put in our own little town, playing with our games and hobbies to latter on…die. Life is much more than you think my friend. Life is LIMITLESS!
But the only way to make true life happen for you is to follow that fire inside. Because that fire is there for a reason. Seriously, you must understand this. I’m not joking here and this is not another “entrepreneur article”.
What’s your legacy? What WILL be your legacy?
Think hard about that. What will you leave here after you die? What are you seeking? What’s your goal? Do you want more from life? Yes?
Then the path to get more from life is to start giving first! And the fastest and smartest way to do that at great scale is to go entrepreneur mode and go all in. No strings attached, no excuses and without looking back.
That’s how you’ll start tasting real life, by following that little voice inside and by beating fear and doubt right in the face. You must take more action than never before so you can to grab what is separated for you. You gotta make life better for others, so only them you can make it better for yourself.
You give first to get later.
Yes, you come second. This is the rule, and it’s a great rule to live by.
We all want something more from life itself. We want new connections, we want to meet new people, we want to be famous and successful, we want to be immune to negative feelings and we want more income.
We want more happiness.
We want to be part of that tiny little group that with a simple smile can show to the world they are truly happy with their own lives because they got the idea. The few guys who found their path by listening to their calling, and that calling is as simple as this:
You must EXECUTE! Your talents, your gifts and passions that God gave you need to be put into practice for the world because that’s how the world spins. It can’t run by itself, it need smart, gifted people to get the best from it by putting their natural skills and passions out there to the world so we can all experience better feelings, better moments and live a better life.
And if you think you have no skills whatsoever or if you have some degree of mental barrier then you need to listen to this guy for a few moments. No excuses.
Now let me ask you this:
Could you imagine if every entrepreneurial spirit out there were shut down by fear or doubts?
Google wouldn’t exist. Red Bull wouldn’t exist. WordPress wouldn’t exist. Apple wouldn’t exist.
And I wouldn’t be here talking to you. I would probably be trapped in a job I would hate, doing things over and over every single day which would kill me slowly day after day.
The hardcore truth is this:
You cannot waste lifespan anymore. Stop! You are playing the wrong game for how long now? How long are you living a routine you hate, going to the job you don’t love? How long are you waking up in the morning already with bad feelings because the day you are about to live is dull?
Your day will be the same. And it will be the same day as yesterday.
You will receive the same paycheck and live the same months over and over, until the end of your life. That’s why you must make a shift and not treat the work of your life as unimportant thing because work IS a big part of your life. BIG!
You need to change and you need to change FAST so you don’t waste hours anymore by living a wrong life. You must awaken the entrepreneur within so regret won’t be part of the equation in your future.
BUT TO DO THAT YOU MUST…
Make decisions. Why? Because decisions SHAPE your destiny, they CHANGE your future. Decisions…they change everything.
The real problem you might be experiencig here is this:
Leave. Quit. Give your natural skills and talents A CHANCE! Are you a cartoonist? Are you an illustrator? Do you love finances? Are you a programmer? DO IT! I don’t know which superpower you own but pursuing it is the best path possible to accomplish something truly great for yourself.
We are in a globalized world now. We live in an Era where we can speak to people on the other side of the planet, we live in a world where can change lives with our words, videos, products, e-books and services like never before in human history! Opportunity is knocking more than never in your door!
And you want to chill? WHY? Do you want to be average? Your goal is to just get paid, live a useless life and die at the end without helping others with your natural skills and talents?
You know you can do so much more.
Think. What do you want from life?? Truly answer this question please.
When you discover WHAT YOU WANT while playing this game, the next best thing to do is to PURSUE IT! Pursue it not ignore it! Because this is like going through a hard path full of thorns and pain and as soon as you find an alternate path that can lead you to a much better life, you….
Don’t take that approach my friend, don’t ignore the right path! You KNOW what you want? Then start going after it! You have a chance, you have an opportunity and you have the necessary tools to accomplish something.
And something great.
But a decision must be made.
And I will end this with the advantages of being an entrepreneur because at least for me, there’s nothing more rewarding than living an existence where you can give so much to people and get so much more in return.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS A REWARDING AND UNIQUE LIFESTYLE
Don’t get me wrong, entrepreneurship is not child’s play. It’s hard. You must be a lion when going “entrepreneur mode” because there are no weekends, no vacations, no money to spend with yourself until you get there.
But BOY how it’s all worth it.
YOU WORK ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE
Although many entrepreneurs usually say this:
(which I totally agree)
You can still pick which days and which time-windows will you enter into workaholic mode. There are entrepreneurs who are like bats, so they pick dawn as their work hours. Others, prefer working more on weekends so they can enjoy a good quiet day in the middle of the week. Others prefer a little in the morning and the whole night as work their routine.
You are free.
YOU WORK WITH THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE TO WORK WITH
No more stressed people screaming at your ear. No more work days with those people who live on Facebook the whole day, blocking your tasks because of their laziness. No more forcing relationships with people you don’t like just because it’s “work”.
Forget all that.
You can chooooooose who are the players you play this game because it’s your video game, you are in control. And YES, you can choose clients also, but in order to do that you must work hard to build a high-quality service or product. But the great thing is being able to go through the rest of your life working with the people you love.
YOU CREATE AND GIVE JOBS TO PEOPLE
One of the greatest advantages of building a company is to be able to provide to people. Because of YOUR actions, because of your entrepreneurial spirit, fathers and those who are responsible for their own families can have a good job where they can help you do the daily work, and in return, you help them build their own lives by giving them good salaries, a good work routine by establishing your culture and a nice work environment.
YOU EXPERIENCE A LOT OF “THANK YOU” ALONG THE WAY
When you listen to your calling you express yourself differently. Your business sells differently. And differently, hits people right in the soul. All the skillset you have exists for a reason and when you execute things in life using those skills and talents, greatness emanates from you.
The result of that greatness?
You create masterpieces. You create things that matter. You serve people in a new fun way that no one did before because things that were made with your passion, with intelligence and necessity-driven efforts, thrive. And this is VERY appealing to people because every person in the world wants to follow those who live with passion, helping others daily. It inspire them.
Unfortunately, nowadays, it’s sad that the majority of the world don’t live the life they dream and neither they try to pursue it.
That’s why people need inspiration, because some people are only available to listen to those who have the same background they have. The same problems, the same struggles, the same familiar background, the same niche. Everybody has a voice that needs to be heard because once it talks out loud, it can inspire a certain group of people on Earth. A specific amount of people will listen because no one can inspire every person on Earth.
I can only reach a small set of people, that’s how it works.
Why? Because we need DIVERSITY to give us inspiration.
So that’s why you matter. And your skillset. It can really inspire people in the future and you never know how will that happen. You may end up inspiring others with your software, or design, or art or just your expertise but the thing is that the skill you put into practice that comes from the BOTTOM of you heart…
Will give you lots of “thank you” as a result. Lots of it.
People will thank you for choosing the right path because you’ll serve them better.
YOU HAVE SEVERAL SOURCES OF INCOME
Whether you are a small business or a big company, at least more than one source of income you’ll have at your disposal if you embrace entrepreneurship. Companies that serve people well enough will always have multiple sources that can help pay the bills and if you do a great job, you’ll eventually turning work down.
I’m a living proof of that.
HARD TIMES? JUST ANOTHER ADVENTURE
Finally. The most important thing I extract from an entrepreneurial life is the ability to not care about difficult times. When you start walking in a great path, great battles will come. That’s a fact. But those battles exist just to enhance your glory at the end.
Problems? Hard times?
No. They are just opportunities.
Opportunities to make yourself better, smarter and wiser.
Are you out of money?
“OK! Let’s rethink the business plan. Or let’s learn how to talk to clients and unknown people so we can increase our cash flow. Or maybe learn more about the market to see if we can explore a possible opportunity to increase our income through a different way.”
Out of personnel?
“Ok. Let’s see if there is any tool in the market that can keep us going at the same pace. Or let’s check if there are any possible partners in the market who can help us and let’s meet them. Or maybe borrow money from investors so we can hire new people and boost our business with a new innovative strategy/service.”
From all of entrepreneurship benefits, I find adventure the most exciting part of it. You never know what you will end up doing and you never know which person you will end up meeting. You really don’t know where are you going and exactly with who are you going with.
But one single thing you’ll always definitely know:
You are alive.
Because you are an entrepreneur.
PS: remember to work hard and play hard.