The Existential Cost of Being Your Own Boss

It wasn’t until I was among other entrepreneurs that I could confirm that entrepreneurship is not an attempt to avoid getting a job, there’s something different about us.

Any person wants to quit a job when they have a bad boss.

Entrepreneurs want to quit, even when they have an awesome boss.

I quit at 19 to go off on my own.

Or to put it more accurately, I burdened my family to support me at 19, so I could go off on my own.

I believe in what I’ve created. I believe in what I’m working toward. There are people who are lost and confused, and I can help them get out of their heads and into action. Though usually there’s a longer trek than any of us want before we do get out of our heads.

I sometimes joke about having a slow-start guide to working for yourself. “Works in 10 years or more!”

This takes a long time.

Even if you succeed, you’ll hit obstacles that will knock you down, and make you reevaluate what you’re doing, and why you’re doing it.

I’m not someone hustling to make a quick buck.

This is the way I live my life.

We’re the problem-finders.

Others are getting rich quick by helping people clear a faster path through the jungle; we’re checking to make sure we’re going someplace we’ll actually like once we get there.

But I believe in you.

Even if your peers have passed you by, and life looks different than you expected, I believe you had a reason you started and you have a reason that it’s worth finishing. I’ll be there for you some of the way, we’ll try to find a way to help each other, all of us. We have to succeed. There aren’t nearly enough people out there trying to help, so if we give up, there’s not someone to take our place. Quit if you have to, quit if it’s right, or if it’s dangerous to not-quit, but otherwise, I really think for most of us, it’s going to be better if we find our way through. Create the life we meant to life.

Create the life we promised we’d create.

See some change.