RESHARE:What's luck got to do with it?
Cheesy headline aside my friend and collaborator +Karl Hughes
wrote a post last week that not only touched me but also reminded me that the road to entrepreneurship is often a mirror of the most basic emotions and human qualities.
Most people only get to see the fruits of your enterprise "when you've made it" and for some that's were the concept of Luck
first enters their thought process. To some success is nothing more than the byproduct of some cosmic lottery, nothing more than universal oddity that some are lucky enough to experience and that if only they had similar luck they could too achieve and be an entrepreneur, except....
that when it comes to entrepreneurship, there. Is. No. Luck!
Gasp! No he didn't! I'm not saying I don't believe in luck, I do, but not when it comes to business. What appears to be luck is when opportunity meets preparation,
and when all the hard work finally culminates in the desired positive outcome. +Robert Scoble
said it best in the comments to this original article when he said that you almost have to be nuts to be an entrepreneur, many give up because entrepreneurship is hard, it's filled with heartache and often the sacrifices do not outweigh the payoff, but we keep pushing forward despite this, why?
Because for the majority of entrepreneurs the desire to control ones own destiny defies reason, for some, this desire is born of adversity, for others is woven into their DNA by generations of family entrepreneurship but all have a common denominator, hard work, high levels of self discipline and integrity.
Entrepreneurship is a series of choices and personal sacrifice to achieve and execute and idea a service or a product, is giving up hours, money and living a "normal" life to execute your dream, to quote Dave Ramsey, is living like no one else, so later you can live like no one else and is within this context that you start to see how little luck has to do with entrepreneurship.
Success often times is simply working harder than the guy next to you.
Reshared text:This is Why I Will Always be an Entrepreneur
When I was 9 years old, my dad quit his job. He was in his 40's at the time, and my mom was homeschooling my brother and me full time. In other words, we had $0.00
Of course, my father didn't quit his job to sit on his ass all day; he started his own business. My dad has the heart of entrepreneur. He is great
with people, and he is fiercely independent. At the same time, quitting your 9-5 job in your mid-forties with two young kids is going to be difficult
I saw my parents struggle for ten years
. My mom had to go back to college to get her Masters in Teaching so she could get a decent job. Meanwhile, she worked full time in retail, while my brother and I attended "real" school for the first time in our lives. My dad was so stressed out that he left us for a brief period. This is not
a pretty story with a romantic ending; this is real life
Until 10th grade, I have no recollection of a peaceful interaction between my parents. Before that point, I only remember fighting, yelling, and mistrust between them. I don't know exactly what this taught me other than the fact that being an entrepreneur is stressful
. It made me rebellious, it made me mad, and it made me sick, but what the hell could I do? I was in Jr. High. I was just starting to figure out that there were girls; that school mattered; that life was hard.
In high school, much of this changed. My parents moved back in with each other. My mom was making just enough
money to keep food on the table, and my dad's business was finally taking shape. It wasn't easy, but it was
life. I never expected my parents to give me allowance. I started to work at the corner grocery store the day I turned 15 (the legal working age) for $5.17 per hour. I made all A's in school, and played football for four years (although I was admittedly an awful athlete).
I don't say any
of this to elicit pity. I've have never expected pity or sympathy from others. I only say this to tell you that being an entrepreneur is hard
. That's why I love it. I'm not the kind of person who seeks the easy road. If I were, I would work for GE, making widgets for laundry machines (my first internship).
Because I realized at a young age that things are not
handed to you, I can't see myself being anything other than an entrepreneur. In some ways my father is an inspiration to me. We have long talks about running a business every week or two, and I love learning from his mistakes and successes. In other ways, my mother is an inspiration to me. When my dad left to pursue his passion, she stayed painfully loyal, and I deeply
Anyway, that's my story. After 4 and a half years of college, two years of internships, and one year of owning my own business, I regret nothing. Every piece of my life has led me to where I am now, and I love it. My final question for you:
Do you love
what you do?