There was a great quote that said:
“An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.” – Ried Hoffman.
This is 100% true. As you quit your job and go full time into your business venture, you have a bank account that is slowly dwindling away month after month. If you’ve saved around 3 months worth of living expenses, then you have 3 months to build your plane.
It’s the honest cold truth of entrepreneurship. Many people think it’s a walk in the park. It isn’t. Many people think you earn lots of money. Not at the start. Many people think you’re an overnight success when you win. You’re not.
It takes guts, courage, persistence and determination with a ton of doubt, fear, rejection and punches in the face to make you successful. Despite all the odds, people still do it.
I think entrepreneurs are the unsung heroes of the world. While everyone else is in their comfy jobs and idolising celebrities, entrepreneurs are working their asses off in making payroll.
One of my friends, she’s a very successful hardworking entrepreneur. However she confessed that she hates the day when it’s time for payroll. She works so hard in getting deals together and then when payroll comes in, it’s all gone. Her employees are fed but her she hardly takes home anything.
Yet, she still loves what she does and she told me it’s 100% better than being employed. I agree. Entrepreneurship gives you freedom to do whatever you want, make any decisions you want and you’re 100% accountable for your failures and of course, your successes. When you win, the victory is so sweet. It’s teary. And when you lose, well prepare for the meltdown.
But it’s not all bad. You know why? Because life is short. If you’re 35 now, you got about 40 years left of your life to make something of it. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
As you sit there in that rocking chair looking back at your life, you’re not going to regret that you lost money in that particular venture and wished you could get that money back, you’re going to regret the things you didn’t do.
You may have worked your entire life in a company and paid all your bills but what’s truly scary is looking back and realising that you could of taken a risk and did something special.
Regret is the darkest form of emotion because when you get it at age 90 and wished you did something, there’s no time left to do it. Sorry to sound so dramatic but it’s true.
I hope this message inspires you to go all in and jump out of that plane. Now please pass me the screwdriver while I bolt in 1,000 parts together and figure out how to put together this Boeing 737.
Stay Strong and Be Relentless.