By Arman Sadeghi, an Octane blog contributor and CEO of Titanium Success
So you like the simple life and you always want everything to be as easy as possible? Don’t become an entrepreneur. If you are not really, truly up for hard work and some mental gymnastics, then starting your own business isn’t right for you. The undeniable fact is that being an entrepreneur requires long hours and usually a good deal of risk.
Lazy, risk-adverse people need not apply
Once you’ve decided that the whole “hard work” thing is a good fit, then it is necessary that you dig in, get determined and go for it. Don’t doubt your path once you’ve started. Tell yourself that you will be a success and realize at the very beginning that becoming an entrepreneurial success means taking risks, making sacrifices and, yes, copious amounts of hard work; both mental and physical.
Finally, don’t forget one other key fact: being a successful entrepreneur means a range of rewards financially and a sense of accomplishment. Entrepreneurial success is worth the sacrifice and worth the labor.
Now back to the hard work aspect of the process. Becoming an entrepreneurial success story means that you will likely have to work harder than anyone you know. You will have to push yourself well beyond what you previously believed to be your limit. It is hard; you’ll have to put everything you have, and more, into the success of your company. This isn’t a pep talk, but instead a warning.
Relying on luck is not for entrepreneurs
Without great drive and determination, your business stands very little chance. Sure you might get lucky, but the odds of achieving real and lasting entrepreneurial success exclusively through luck alone is extremely slim. If you do end up experiencing luck along the way, it is usually the result of a ridiculous amount of hard work that put you in a situation to where you can take advantage of the right situations. In the end, you have to rely upon your hard work.
If you are not completely in love with the idea of working hard to create something new and prosperous, then move on. Don’t go into business for yourself, but instead go and get a job. There are plenty of careers that pay well and have their perks too, so why not go out and work one of those jobs instead?
The path of the entrepreneur is for those who are willing to role up their sleeves and invest all they have so that they can obtain the ultimate in financial freedom and control over their lives. It is the most rewarding feeling, but the process of obtaining this financial freedom and control is not for everyone.
Today is the day that you have to make the big choice. Today is the day you have to decide whether or not you are really serious about being an entrepreneur or being an employee. So, the time has come! You can either dive in with all you have and become an entrepreneur, or go out and find a job. In the end, the choice is yours!
Arman has been an entrepreneur since the age of 15 when he opened his first business and has owned and operated over seven companies since then (All Green Electronic Recycling being his biggest).