Let me get this straight, you want to be an entrepreneur?
What? Are you out of your mind?
Why would you want to do that? Oh, I know … take control of your own destiny, manage your own time, be your own boss, make more money, live an opulent lifestyle, and all that sort of stuff … right?
Well, that's all fine … in an ideal World. But let's take a little reality check of what being an entrepreneur is really all about –
1) You will put in long hours. L-o-o-o-n-n-g-g hours!
2) You will work a lot of time with no idea if you will get paid any time soon.
3) There are no guarantees you will ever even get paid.
4) There will be many sacrifices of your time, energy, spending less time with your kids and spouse. Friends will forget your name.
5) You may be under stress and get frustrated and have periods of feeling like giving up.
6) You will be pulled in many directions, chasing one way or another not knowing if the path you are on is the right one, so trying many in hopes something works out.
7) Friends and Family will criticize you, try to destroy your dreams, tell you to get a real job and to give up this fantasy of achieving success.
No, really, you do have to be crazy. Who would want to do this? Normal people would just keep their jobs and not subject themselves to all of this insanity.
Well fortunately a little crazy is good. While the road to success is not always easy and paved with gold, it does have it's rewards for those who endure. If you study the history of most every successful entrepreneur, almost all of them “paid their dues” by going down this road of insanity and coming out the other side victorious. Success doesn't come for free, there is a price to pay, be it in your time, sweat, or sanity … and the rewards, can be tremendous.
But becoming Wealthy takes far more effort than many people imagine it does. If you want to make ten thousand dollars, it takes more effort than most ordinary jobs will require. Making a million takes an even greater level of effort, and if you want to talk about making 10 million? Well that certainly takes a level of determination and effort that would surprise most of us mere mortals. One thing is for sure, it takes far more effort to achieve wealth than many of the programs and seminars out there would lead us to believe.
There's another misconception too, which is that once one achieves success, their days will be spent on the beach on some tropical island or just kicking back watching TV all day long while our wealth continues to grow and grow. Much like a farmer who grows a plant to maturity, it takes effort to achieve success, and then it takes effort to maintain it. Left unattended, it will wilt and wither away. If you want wealth without work, play the lottery. If you want success, then plan for success and how you will grow and maintain it.
So, not sounding so good after all, huh? Contemplating keeping that boring job now?
Well before you do, let me just say, that all this effort and sacrifice does have it's rewards. While you are busy working to make and maintain your success, in your “off” time, you will be kicking back in your multi-million dollar mansion, dining on steak and lobster, taking drives in your BMW, Ferrari, or Aston Martin, traveling to exotic locations locally and in other countries, being able to buy most anything your heart desires, and provide for your family in a way that most people only dream of. Plus, you will have learned – and can afford – to hire assistants to delegate tasks and duties to so as to free up your time even more to enjoy the pleasures of life that you can now afford.
Success truly does have it's rewards, and it definitely is worth the effort. It takes a rare breed to want to go down this path, and not all who do make it. Not for lack of trying, but more for a lack of sticking with it. Success may not come as quickly as you had hoped, but abandoning it's pursuit will certainly ensure you will fail. Stick with it, it's all worth it in the end.
So, do you have to be a little crazy to want success? Well, yeah, a little, it certainly helps, you have to be willing to let go of the security and certainty of having a regular paycheck to go into a career that can pay very well. Others will call you crazy, or a dreamer … and all the while you will be the one laughing – all the way to the bank.
Most great things have been achieved by those others called crazy … and great fortunes were often built out of their “craziness”. So does creating great wealth and crazy go hand in hand? Well, I don't know if it does, but I'm not taking any chances.
I hope to become one of the craziest people on the Planet. Who's with me?