Are You One of The Crazy Ones? Learn What Sacrifices Most Entrepreneurs Must Make to Succeed
by Kevin James Culp
So, you read all the articles in Entrepreneur Magazine. You visit websites like ShopABizOp.com for small business ideas that you can buy, and your imagination gets rolling. You start seeing dollar signs, “easy money,” and you start to feel as though you can fire your boss! Heck, work for yourself and make loads of money right away–right? Not exactly.
The famous quote we have all heard is that “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” Personally, I believe that says it best. As cliché or played out as it may seem, it certainly holds true for the journey most entrepreneurs must take in order to reach their desired level of what they deem to be “success”.
The Top Sacrifices
- Mental Stress: It is well known that to be an entrepreneur you have be tough mentally for you will face challenges you never thought possible. It will take an emotional and physical toll on you, and you need to be ready for it. Ask anyone who calls themselves an entrepreneur. Walk into any small business and ask to talk with the owner about what it took to make it to where they are now. Chances are you will get a lot of input real fast and a witness a huge deep breath out as they begin to share. Opening, running and maintaining any small business, from a flower stand under a highway to a brick and mortar, takes serious focus and will demand more of some than they have or are prepared to give.
- Sleep: You can toss sleep out the window. Most will say, “Kevin, you are crazy. Everyone needs to sleep,” and they would be correct. Yet, the average small business owner gets less than five hours of sleep per night, seven days a week. You read that correctly. So you can kiss doing laundry all day bye-bye, if that’s what you thought owning a home-based or small business would look like. Yes, you own your own hours and your own time, but you will work harder than you have worked before and longer too, in almost all cases.
- Friends: Ah, remember all those friends you used to have? Even your close friends that you hung with all the time. Heck, a week wouldn’t go by without at least hanging out and never more than a few days would go by without a call. Those days are now over, for a while anyway. The even darker side is that when you do become more successful, don’t be surprised if some of those “close friends” turn on you and become less of a friend and more of a frienemy.
While entrepreneurship certainly has more bright side than dark, it’s important to be realistic and go in with your eyes wide open. The rigors of entrepreneurship demand sacrifices, and if you’re not prepared to make them, then you’ll never be able to succeed.
The truth is that entrepreneurship is tough, and it can take a mental, physical and emotional toll.
You will sacrifice, and it may be more than you could ever imagine when you first started. Sleep, your well-being and even your marriage can become victims of being self-employed if you’re not mindful and careful.
As for me, I am self-employed and own the very site you are looking at right now, and I have scarified greatly to get this far, more than most will ever know. Without family, close friends and some truly wonderful small business owners, who took a leap of faith when I first opened, to help me along, I wouldn’t have made it this far.
On the darkest days, when nothing seems to be going right, technical issues arise and all hell seems to be busting out, all I have to do is simply look in my wife’s eyes to know why I’m doing all of this. It’s because I love her, and I love it. It’s because I was born to be a business owner.
Thanks for Reading and Carpe Diem My Friends