How much are you willing to suffer for your success?
One of my all-time favourite writers, Mark Manson, says that to get what you want in life, you have to ask yourself how much you’re willing to suffer for it.
When we set out to become entrepreneurs, we don't often think about whether we are actually prepared to 'suffer' for our creation. We think about the money we'll make, the clients we'll win, and the people we'll get on board. We write business plans, we tell our friends and family about it, we might even set up an office somewhere.
What we don't really prepare for, is how much you have to suffer for in order to run a business. And I mean really suffer. How much of your personal life you lose, phone calls and texts unanswered, washing unwashed, meals not prepped, partner telling you you're always working and he's sick of it, (and the truth is, some days you are always working and you're getting sick of it too), but it's too late to go back now.
Other times, you'll be on cloud 9.
You will have made some money, won a new client, received some positive feedback, or maybe your media release gets published. You'll remember why you did this in the first place and why you were so passionate about your work to begin with.
The real test of entrepreneurship, is deciding whether that life of living a dream and a nightmare from one day to the next is 'worth' the pursuit of running your own business and being your own boss.
Rockstar speaker, serial entrepreneur and digital agency owner, Gary Vaynerchuk has often said that running a business is like being 'punched in the face' every single day. And he's right. It's a lot like that. In the time I've been writing this post, I've watched my emails pile up and can think of at least 3 issues I don't have answers for right now that just sprung up this morning. But I wouldn't change it for anything.
Any decision we make in life carries with it a positive and a negative impact. Any opportunity taken up is also an alternative opportunity lost. Every yes means another no, somewhere along the line.
If you're in business or thinking about starting a business, I urge you to ask yourself: 'Am I prepared to suffer for it?' If you can confidently say yes, the ride will be rocky, but it will be worth it!
If you're not sure, it might be worth sitting on the fence a little longer, until the 'push' starts getting stronger and you're eventually pulled in.
What are you suffering for?