The life of an entrepreneur is not easy. You may never know what the end result might be, but you have to be patient with and believe in yourself and the people you are working with. Risk-taking is so common throughout the journey that it becomes a habit. On this path, motivation and support plays an essential role, no matter what the source might be. Some days it might be your love for what you’re doing, other days your family, or if you’re lucky, your team will be a major source of motivation. You will have to think, plan, and discuss for more than 16 hours a day. For weeks, months or even years on end until you achieve your startup goal. Your dreams no longer become the priority, but as a means to help others achieve theirs. Forget about family life and mom serving you breakfast everyday. You may have to move to the best place for your dream startup and hope that all your hard work will, in time, fall into place. Your first “office”, no matter how small, will be where you put your heart to your craft. These small achievements will keep you focused and motivated. You may be overjoyed with your achievements and results. But some days, you think to yourself, “Everything I’m doing here is taking me away from my loved ones, and where I belong.” You don’t remember how your loved ones looked when you last met them. At some point, you may even start hating this money game and start to wonder if the journey was worth your while. These thoughts will persist, but somehow, your the adrenaline from the ride will take over. You know it’s part and parcel of the entrepreneurship journey. You have to grit your teeth and distance yourself from everyone to become someone that defines who you are. You and your craft are one. The entrepreneurship journey is not for everyone. But it brings along with it some amazing experiences. You meet brilliant minds that think out of the box. Your dreams no longer become the priority, but as a means to help others achieve theirs. That is why they will join you. No matter how many times you fail, you need to learn from your mistakes. So get up. You will shift your focus from generating revenue to building a team and product that helps others. You come to realise that chasing money just isn’t what life is supposed to be. The latter is what will truly define your happiness and success in the end. One thing you learn is that you will never know how much revenue you will make tomorrow, much less what your life will be in the next 5 years. You might be struggling and working hard, but never stop believing in your dream. If being a successful entrepreneur was easy, everyone would do it and secure their future. It’s not just about the idea or the amount of investment you put in. It’s about the unrelenting dedication on your part. No matter how many times you fail, you need to learn from your mistakes. Learning is an endless process, the more you learn, the more you grow. So get up. If you ain’t growing, give yourself pep talks. Neither Elon nor Gates built their products in a day. They took a decade. The formula is simple, but hard. Never give up. But please don’t let your journey stop you from having fun. Have late night parties, call your families. Most importantly, take a break from time to time. Keep things in perspective. You never know when you are going to die. Work hard and play hard. This is what the entrepreneurship journey is to me, and I’m proud to be called an entrepreneur.
Retd Exective Director, Tractor Division, HMT Ltd,Bangalore.
Oh boy! What a narrative, it is interesting,exciting as well as frightening. Journey of an entrepreneur!! Remember ‘Winner stands alone’. So when you hit the pinnacle of journey, you leave behind all friends and enemies. You are alone but master of your game. This achievement gives you divine peace and happiness.
Founder & CEO, HireKul
O boy, did you just pour your heart out! Very well written.
Founder of MAGxpert | MOLL Real Estate
These are words of wisdom many entrepreneurs should hear🔥🙌
Thank you Sheena 👼
Senior Engineer Larsen & Toubro
Nicely put down.
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