The Personal Sacrifice of Building a Business, My Thoughts And What I’ve Noticed in My Brief Experience with Doing This
If you watch Kevin O’Leary, and you also watch Jordan Peterson, the two have vastly different attitudes about what your priorities should be in life. Comparing the two is like night and day, Kevin O’Leary is a hard core warrior and a military general in the types of opinions he has about the work ethic of an entrepreneur, while Jordan Peterson focuses more on basically mitigating depression and maximizing wholeness in your life. If you want to build a business, and a very successful one at that, then you are better off listening to Kevin O’Leary more, and unfortunately Jordan Peterson less. I have previously built a start-up company that was pretty all-consuming as far as a period of my life for a long time, like 4 years, and after a brief “vacation” I guess from the start-up lifestyle, I am just now starting to get back in the game (not that I don’t also realize the importance of sprinkling in bits of fun in your life.) And I have to admit that while I had fun doing this, it was a pretty tremendous sacrifice, it was 12 to 14 hour days, very little in the way of romantic relationships or friendships, and it was one heck of a struggle and a roller coaster ride at times. And so, in this blog post, I am going to tell you my thoughts on succeeding as an entrepreneur, and why there is immense sacrifice in doing this. Read on and subscribe for more details and information on the personal sacrifice of building a business.
My Experience Being an Entrepreneur
My brief experience being an entrepreneur was very stressful but also very rewarding. From the time I was 18 years old I began to work on a Digital Marketing, Affiliate website start-up model that consumed a ridiculous amount of my time, and still has continued to for the last 10 years. In fact, I think I have worked on SEO, Digital Marketing and Affiliate Marketing, on average, for about 3-4 hours per day, every single day, for the last 10 years, for a total of about 12,000 hours of practice in the field. Yep, my partner and I have been through some interesting times with these affiliate businesses that we have built, and even now, we still continue to move forward with multiple affiliate websites, with inflationhedging.com being our primary source of traffic so far. As of me writing this, we are getting something like 10 to 12,000 visitors per month, and though we are still pre-revenue, my math has us at around $150 per month right now, and with no signs of stopping. Not bad for an 18 month side project.
With that being said, I now know that for me to hit the big numbers, $5,000 per month, $10,000 per month, a blog that gets 500,000 pageviews for month, and for my bank account and my life to hit my wildest dreams, that I will need to push on at a pretty obsessive pace, and that I will need to continue writing day in and day out until we have 1,000 or even 10,000 blog posts, with a full Silo Architecture, with better SEO, with an email list, with more websites, with more subscribers, etc. etc.
It never stops, and I am now learning that there is no stopping in life if you want to win the game, there truly is no rest in business, and just like Kevin O’Leary says, if you stop working after you retire “it’s a good way to go to 0 really quickly” both in terms of your mental state and your wallet. He is right, and this is the mindset that you need to have if you want to be a good business owner. Yes the personal sacrifice of building a business is absolutely intense, it is an absolute war, and just like Machiavelli says, a prince has nothing in his mind but war and its study, and in peace, he addicts himself more to war that in wartime, keep moving forward with every possible second, and if you have the personality, you will find it incredibly meaningful as well.
To Sacrifice and Take the Risk, or to Live, My Opinion and Experience
There is another thing to consider before taking this path that I am now just starting to learn more about. First off, you will have very differing opinions from friends and family, even now I am only working something like 60 hours a week or so. However, I already have friends and family saying that I need to rest more and that I am “wasting my life.” You have to learn at a certain point to just agree with them, but to not let them get in your head. Never give up the mission, I am learning that any time I am out and “having fun” with friends etc. that I could be working, I could be building, I could be striving to build that computer company that I have always wanted to, and that is an indicator to me that maybe I should just fully embrace myself, and do what I love. I truly feel that if I was my own boss, that I would work even MORE hours, because I would love it in total.
Why Being an Entrepreneur is a Lonely Road, And Why You Will Notice Yourself Standing out from the Crowd
The personal sacrifice of building a business is something that no one really understands, and I am in an interesting spot in that it is very difficult for me to fine someone that is necessarily as driven as I am to accomplish this. If this path is meant for you, I think you will start to notice that you are different from other people, when you get off work, you are excited to come home and work on the next project instead. On weekends, you are happy to have free time to build your business, and you are glad to be able to finally get some scale. I will always miss running my business full time, and although in many respects it was nothing short of a pipe dream since I didn’t know what I was doing and had no experience, it was really fun while it lasted, and I got a TON out of doing it. I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and my advice to you is to stay on the path, in the end, you’ll be happy you did, no matter the outcome.
Final Thoughts on The Personal Sacrifice of Building a Business, My Opinion Overall
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