I came across this article by Mani Canaday, "12 Most Game-Changing Lessons for Entrepreneurs", which completely resonated with me.
For me, being an entrepreneur is so rewarding. I inspire people with my writing and art. I also get to work wherever I want and have a great deal of freedom. It's not all lollipops and rainbows, though. When I first started out in 2001, it was really exciting. Then there came days when I asked myself, What the heck am I doing? Is this what I really want? Who am I to be a business owner? I have no capital! All those fear-based thoughts reared their ugly heads every once in awhile.
Interestingly enough, I don't recall ever having a fear of failing. Perhaps that's why I continue to keep pushing on. I know deep in my heart that writing and art is what I'm meant to do. I don't see myself doing anything else. When things didn't work out as I planned, I learned the lessons and moved on. All that mattered is that I had fun doing it. I believe that in the end, that's all we want anyway - to have fun and enjoy our work.
There were periods when I experienced lulls in my income, which made me contemplate going back to that dreaded 9-5 grind. After so many years of having freedom, it really is hard for me to go back. One of the biggest reasons why I became an entrepreneur in the first place is so I could call the shots in my life. So I pushed on and everything always worked itself out. I always trusted that The Universe would have my back.
Speaking of support, I wouldn't have lasted this long without the help of family, friends, customers, and clients. It's a very long list. I can't express enough how grateful I am for all their help. If anything I've learned the art of asking for help. As someone who is very independent and likes to do things all by myself (that's the Wonder Woman side of me), I've been able to set pride aside, humble myself, and get by with a little help from my friends.
The biggest lesson I've learned is to do something I truly love. There were times I chased the paper, and I ended up tired, frustrated, and broke. Whenever someone asks me what type of business to start, my response is always, "Do what you love."
“One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”
- Jeff Bezos
I've always believed that in sports, it's 90% mental and 10% physical. It's the same for being an entrepreneur. You have to be committed, passionate, thick-skinned, and headstrong.
It's so worth it.