I like to look at everyday as an adventure, you just never know what is going to happen, who you might meet, or what business might cross your desk. Most people are a bit intimidated about going out on their own and leaving the comforts of a weekly paycheck, but now that I have done it for so many years, I could never go back. The excitement of trying to put together unique deals and unique opportunities never seem to get old to me. The highs and the lows.
In the past two months I have put together and then loss almost 1M in potential revenue due to unforeseen circumstances – did it suck, yes, did it make me stop, no. I think that’s the best part of being an entrepreneur, but it’s not something that everyone can stomach. Now the excitement of taking an opportunity that others overlook and trying to find creative ways to make it a reality and an income stream sets my wheels on fire.
I can remember when I started my first business and left the comforts of my day job. I left a cozy paycheck which was pretty good money at 24 years old. I was young, I made a million mistakes, turned down investor money when I shouldn’t have and battled against some of the giants in the industry. Tiny budgets against millions, david versus goliath. I depleted my bank account and my savings for a dream, eating peanut butter sandwiches and never going on vacations. We all live too fancy which in turn sacrifices many of our dreams. I can remember turning down buying my first house to run my first manufacturing run. I was sitting in my one bedroom apartment with a contract to purchase the home and an invoice for my manufacturing run, both were going to cost me 40K out of pocket, I had to make a decision. We all know what I did and that house sold two years later for 150K more than I would have bought it for and now sells for 250K more! That was six years ago. That would have been a pretty good investment, but I would have learned less than a quarter of what I have learned over the past six years starting my own business and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Not relying on the comforts of a weekly paycheck has forced me to learn new tactics and new skills that never once crossed my mind before. It has made me a thousand times better than I was before. You need to let a little fear into your life and that is what is going to push you to new levels and learn new skills. Rather than crippling to the inevitable downs in life, you need to learn from these traumas. Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, you need to shift your energy to what you can create.