My Journey on Entrepreneurship Begins
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Always be the wolf climbing the hill
There is a saying, "The wolf on top of the hill is never as hungry as the wolf climbing the hill".There was always something about working for someone else that just didn't sit right with me. Why would I work the best years of my life away at any job. No matter how hard you work, you would never get that time back.
There are many reasons why a person might decide to start their own business.The prospect of "doing the grind" never appealed to me. I don't even like doing it when i get the odd chance to play my video games! Why would I want to waste time in a game while simultaneously wasting time in real life?! One day it clicked, and I saw the workplace for what it was, just that, a grind. Unfortunately its a grind that affects just about every aspect of your life. Suddenly I grasped the reality of how much influence your boss actually has over your life. The journey began with that simple concept. I don't want to live like that. Why would I let an organization that passively controls every aspect of my life, control how much money I make? The answer was in front of me the whole time. Don't.
My dad was a demolition contractor for 20 years or so. He always spoke highly of it, even if there were down times, just like any venture. I started asking myself, "how do I get a piece of that pie?" He kept going through the hard times, sleeping in his truck on occasion to be back at the job site dark and early. It was his choice though.I saw how hard he was working, and I didn't mind the work. What I found was a mountain of paperwork, and even more unpaid labor in order to just get started. I almost gave up before I even got started because it seemed like too much.
Questions would race through my head like, "What if I don't make any money?" or the always present "What if I fail?". Valid concerns, to be sure. They should not be taken lightly. I get the feeling as if i'm asking the wrong question though. What I should be asking myself, and what I would encourage anyone who reads this to ponder is this, "What if I succeed?" I would consider my dad as a success. You don't stay in business for 20 years without doing something right. I intend on learning everything I can and maybe even look back on the bad times with some feeling of accomplishment.