When the good times are going, there’s not much that can knock you off from that “top of the world” feeling.
Money coming in, customers are happy, and you’ve built something your proud of. It just doesn’t get much better than that.
Conversely, it doesn’t get much worse than waking up one day realizing that everything you built is gone; realizing that you could have done something to prevent it.
But this isn’t about regrets and this isn’t about living in the past. A business isn’t built on what worked in the past but on how it innovates for the future. This was a tough lesson for me to learn because for most of my career, I knew nothing but success after success.
Maybe that’s why it took me so long to get a damn clue.
I came across an article about you online, skipping college to go for your business. I am in a dilemma and would love you opinion. I’m 18 years old (graduating in a few months, woo-hoo!). However, I have started my own business/Etsy store. It is going very good. I am contemplating going to a small local school to get a backup degree, but still continuing my business as I go to school, from home. I understand that you just skipped college; do you think you missed out on the “college experience.” Just wanted to get your input.
My answer (I sent the poor girl a novel) was the following:
Last night I made a declaration that really helped me put my life into perspective. That declaration was about what really mattered the most in my life and I had to be brutally honest about what those things are.
There are things from my past life that I haven’t been able to let go of that I have been holding me back in ways I never cared to acknowledge.
I can’t say what triggered these revelations but I’d like to try and start making sense of some things by talking about this quote I read earlier that day:
Everyone is becoming an entrepreneur these days. Such a loaded word can mean so many different things to people, but the constant that remains true in any definition is simply:
You need to put in the work.
Entrepreneurs work long hours for themselves so they don’t have to work fewer for somebody else.
Entrepreneurs live their lives like nobody will so one day they can live their lives like nobody can.
These mantras personify what it means to be an entrepreneur and sound great when you have no other way of describing what you do to “normal” people, but what is it that makes an entrepreneur truly different?