Short term pain, long term gain. That’s what we hear from people when they are watching on the sidelines when we’re working towards a goal. These people either strive to motivate us or are entertained by watching us struggle and want to see how stubborn we can be.
We go to the gym, see no results the next day. We start eating healthy and feel no different. We stay in a job that’s meh just because it’s comfortable and we entrepreneurs bust our asses for nothing for months sometimes years in hopes of a big payoff someday.
What does each of these situations have in common? They all require either:
- A. balls
- B. stupidity
- C. tenacity and grit
I’m positive it takes a little bit of each.
When I quit my job nearly eight months ago for an opportunity that had no guarantee, no paycheck and no clear end goal everyone thought I had a screw loose. “Grit! “, I told them. “No, it’s a vision!”, I told them. They’d nod and wish me well still thinking I was nuts.
Short term pain
Imagine for a minute you’re on a tightrope high above the ground wobbling on a 1-inch wire. Scary, right? Now imagine you have an enormous cushion made of baby lamb’s wool and unicorn tears below you. If you were to fall, it may actually feel wonderful feeling that soft embrace of the net.
You’d happily stroll along the wire without a care in the world. Who cares if I fall? Hell, I may jump! This is what a nice, cushy job feels like. Another week, another big paycheck. Ain’t life grand? For some maybe.
There’s no pain but no challenge. No fulfillment. Take your Hawaii vacation with your loads of PTO and buy that Ferrari. As my Australian friends say, “Good on ya!”. But what kind of way is that to live? What are you actually accomplishing? Do you feel like you’re making a difference in the world? If not, ask yourself if this is what you want for the rest of your life.
Sure. There will be fights with your spouse, you’ll question your sanity, you’ll run budgets nonstop to reassure yourself it’ll be OK and you’ll constantly wonder what you’re committing your life to really is a good idea after all. “WTF HAVE I DONE??”
It’s painful. Sometimes very. But nothing great comes free and without risk.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither can a fruitful and fulfilling business like TechSnips.
Long term gain
It’s been nearly eight months since I started TechSnips and I can finally say my attitude is beginning to change from a pain to gain mentality.
We’re not making loads of money by any means and we’re not a huge team capable of destroying our competition. We do, however, have momentum and a growing community.
Since we’ve pivoted to focus on our course partner program we received our first course payment this month. Talk about exciting! We now have 13 courses in the queue and our dedicated team of contributors are hard at work cranking them out. I can see the snowball starting to build!
We are an agile company capable of coordinating hundreds of moving parts at once though our highly systematized processes. I knew being Adam the Automator would come in handy besides the occasional blog article or two.
We’re attracting 3-5 new contributors every week who immediately are put in touch with Anthony, my first lieutenant/VP of Content where he’s able to get them up to speed fast and part of our community.
I can say that after all of the hard work, we’re finally hitting our stride. With a dedicated community, collective knowledge and everyone’s commitment to coming together making TechSnips a success, I know we will succeed.
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.