Have you ever been in a job you hate? Have you ever been in a position you love? Probably. Lots of people get a job, make decent money and are happy with our lives.
We’re content to separate work and personal life and talk about “work/life balance.” But what if work and life felt like one to you?
You’d be done with the “work/life” balance problem but depending on where you live and who your social circles are you’d feel out of place. You’d hear comments like “What are you thinking?”, “Are you crazy?”, “You’re going to give up that security?” when commenting to others about venturing out on your own and pursuing your dream.
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Entrepreneurs want to break free…constantly
What others around you may not realize is that you possess this deep-rooted desire to break free of the full-time employment chains. Golden handcuffs or not, your whole being is telling you to rip them off and be free but cultural pressures and your sanity are screaming you’re crazy.
Any “normal” person with a six-figure job that they enjoyed doing with ultimate flexibility would have a screw loose for wanting to throw it away, right?
The traditional way of thinking of a good job is security, comfort and merely that thing you do for 40 hours/week that sometimes gets in the way of the fun stuff.
“Good” jobs are toxic to an entrepreneur
An entrepreneur with a “good” job thinks that’s 40 hours/week of wasted potential she could use to pursue her dreams and build a business. These opposing forces, when coming together, produce a volatile mix of fear, angst, sadness and excitement.
An entrepreneur trapped in a “good” job is like an intelligent frog sitting in boiling water. It’s sure is warm and comfortable in that water, but the smart frog knows that, at some point, they’re going to be boiled alive. But that water feels so nice!
Entrepreneurs are different
An entrepreneur is different than most. As that iconic Apple commerical correctly puts it, entrepreneurs are [sic] “the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently.”
An entrepreneur isn’t like anyone else. He’ll never be happy working for the best boss in the world, working on the absolute coolest projects and making millions of dollars a year if the goal is for someone else. He’ll always yearn to follow his own path.
An entrepreneur is independent. He has a vision in his head and uses every ounce of his being to fulfill that vision.
A “good” job is just a distraction from reaching the ultimate goal. “Good” jobs are toxic to an entrepreneur. They tempt her into entertaining the idea that she may be happy working for someone else but at some point, her true calling will surface again and begin knawing at her to pursue her true passion again – entrepreneurship.
A “good” job temporarily masks an entrepreneur’s spirit. It’s a pill that makes an entrepreneur fill warm and cozy until the effect wears off and he’s back left staring in the mirror questioning himself over and over again.
Entrepreneurs are relentless
An entrepreneur is impatient. He has a vision and will make that vision a reality at whatever cost. He has no time for others that hinder steps to fulfill the vision. He has one goal and one goal only; to build a successful business no matter what the cost.
An entrepreneur will fail, but the fire an entrepreneur has in his belly is unrelenting. It’s a fire that is not extinguishable. Entrepreneurship is an addiction to success. It’s an endless pursuit that is so ingrained in his DNA that it leaves no room for escape no matter how many bonuses, raises and stock options are thrown at him. It’s a force unlike no other.
Some questions to ask yourself if you’re an entrepreneur are:
- Do you have that drive, that unrelenting knawing inside you that can be pushed down temporarily but always seems to come back up?
– Do you feel delighted and fulfilled when the work that you do directly contributes to your own success?
– Do you feel like a job merely is 40 hrs/week that’s holding you back from your real potential?
– Are you willing to pursue a passion that may end up failing miserably?
– Do you think of failure as inevitable and use it as a learning experience in your next venture?
– Will you do anything to work for yourself rather than going back to another job?
If you’ve answered yes to most of these questions, you are an entrepreneur.
If you’re still in a job, quit. Quit now. You’re only delaying the inevitable. You’re fooling yourself into thinking you’re happy.
You’re merely being bamboozled by the money, power and prestige a “good” job gives you. You will be much happier making a quarter of the money you’re making now working on your business, not someone else’s.
The fulfillment you’ll get out of life will increase exponentially and regardless if you fail or succeed, you’ll get back up and do it again until you’re so much better off than what that 3% raise every year gave you.
Adam Bertram is a 20-year veteran of IT and experienced online business professional. He’s an entrepreneur, IT influencer, Microsoft MVP, blogger, trainer and content marketing writer for multiple technology companies. Adam is also the founder of the popular IT career development platform TechSnips.