Trade The Journey

Trade The Journey

The True Life of an Entrepreneur!

Top of the morning.

I hope everyone is in good spirits. May Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg rest in peace. She was a strong woman and reminded me a bit of my great-grandmother.

My great-grandmother meant a lot to me, and I would often visit my grandparents since they lived three blocks away. I would sit beside her and talk with her for hours.

My great-grandfather was talkative but not like my grandmother. My grandmother loved to tell stories while my grandfather preferred to work or do things around the house. They were the last of a generation that cherished principles, resolve and thriftiness.

That is the character that I saw in Ruth Ginsburg.

Not one day after her death, I, along with everyone else, thought what will happen now?

Will the seat be filled quickly? Or will the nation mourn the supreme court justice appropriately with due time for an appointment in the future?

I think we all received our answer.

Because this is not a political blog, I digress.

This week’s post is about being an entrepreneur.

We often see the flashy suits, sparkling diamonds, and larger than life personalities, and think, “That is an entrepreneur.”

While that may be true in some situations, I’ve experienced the exact opposite. Maybe it’s my personality type or my experiences in life that have formed my perspective on entrepreneurship.

I’ve yet to experience getting rich quickly, although I’ve seen it happen. To me, entrepreneurship is one of the most challenging fields to participate in. For a long time, I felt it was a natural process to go to college and return home with a degree. After earning a degree, you enter the workforce and work for the next thirty years to achieve retirement.

On the weekends, you unwind by watching the game, completing chores around the house, and spend time with family/friends. You return to work on Monday and complete the process again.

Many people dream of leaving the workforce and starting their own business, seeking the freedom that a job can’t provide. After work, you begin crafting a plan or working a side hustle to help you in achieving your dream.

However, you soon run into a roadblock and a formidable opponent, yourself. No one is watching over you to ensure you get the work done. When the alarm clock goes off at 6 am on Saturday or Sunday, no one is waiting in the kitchen to fire or reprimand you.

Hitting the snooze button is now a power to be exercised with no immediate repercussions. If I get up at eight instead of six in the morning, I’ll still complete my work. Maybe so.

But every excuse chips away at your morale. I’m not saying you have to arise at the crack of dawn after a long night. I’m merely emphasizing that starting a business is serious business. You have to be committed to executing a plan, day-in, and day-out.

For many of us, starting a business is the complete opposite of society’s view on how we should earn a living. Many of us grow up hearing about Mr. X or Mrs. Y starting their own business, but few are encouraged to do the same.

The initial resistance we face is likely from our parents, teachers, and family who believe that starting a business is risky. They usually want the best for us, and in their eyes, safe, reliable, and secure is the best future we should strive to achieve. I agree wholeheartedly and this approach to life has a high chance of succeeding.

Our friends want the same for us as well. We spend time together and enjoy each other’s company. After a long week of working, we need time to unwind, and what better activity is there than watching sports with friends on the weekend?

We look forward to the next big fight or the Superbowl as a holiday and time to relax. Spending time with family and friends completes our life and reassures us that everything will be alright.

Entrepreneurship is the complete opposite. Your money and time are no longer yours, and free time is hard to find. In the beginning, everything works; you still have time for friends and family and can enjoy yourself on the weekend.

Slowly but surely, you start to cancel activities with friends and family and your time becomes guarded. After work, you have e-mails to answer and additional projects to complete. If you’re passionate about your craft, you feel any free time with learning.

Soon, your friends no longer call, and your family feels differently about the time you spend away. Now the questions begin.

Am I doing the right thing? Is this worth it? Why the hell I am getting up at 6 am on a Saturday after working all week? Did I miss the entire game working on this project?

An entrepreneur is always working on either their craft or business with the hopes of achieving success. It’s a hard life to live, and our biggest enemy is often our mindset.

The one thought that continues to motivate me is the thought of freedom. The ability to live my life as I would like to live it has become a burning desire. Like everyone else, I have the same urges to relax and take a day off, but I work anyway.

After a while, you go from looking busy to being busy, and time becomes your greatest ally.

I like to remind myself that this is what being an entrepreneur is all about. The growth and challenges involved in becoming a successful entrepreneur is quite an experience.

This past week in Review:

Another slow week. I’ve remained diligent in safeguarding myself from unnecessary purchases. This past week, I’d like to give myself the grade of a “C” for steadiness.

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