When people talk about being an entrepreneur, they often mention the long hours and sacrifice. All that’s definitely true, but that doesn’t mean you have to take on a life that you won’t enjoy and that won’t involve time with your friends and family. Whether you’ve just started to think about striking out on your own, you’re in the first months or years of your startup’s life, or you’ve been an entrepreneur for years, take a moment to read a few helpful tips about learning to enjoy the entrepreneurial life.
- STOP WORRYING
It’s only natural to worry that your idea isn’t good enough, that you won’t have a wide enough market, that you won’t make a deadline, or that your business will fail. However, there’s no rule that says you have to worry about those things. In fact, excessively and consistently worrying will only make you feel stressed and pressured. If you can let go of worrying about what you can’t control, you’ll be able to focus on what you can change. This is far more productive, and it will help you enjoy life a lot more.
- STOP RENTING YOUR DREAMS AND START OWNING THEM
This is a big one. People always say things like, “When I’m a ____, I’ll ____.” When you’re a millionaire, you’ll be able to set your own schedule. When you retire, you’ll have more time to travel. When you’re stronger or fitter, you’ll buy yourself a nice suit. These statements are all incredibly limiting, and they can really restrict you on your journey.
I like to think of these statements as “renting your dreams.” Essentially, you aren’t letting yourself have a dream or a goal—you’re putting it on hold until you magically become wealthy, retire, or get fit. Instead of renting your dreams, own them now and look at the steps you can take to make them come true while you can still enjoy them instead of waiting and then regretting that you never pursued them.
- BE GRATEFUL
Are you on your way to building a successful company? Do you see yourself in a position where you can quit your day job within the next few weeks or months? Have you already taken the plunge and embraced the entrepreneurial life? Wherever you are in the process, take a moment and be grateful for what you have and how far you’ve come. The more you enjoy your journey now and show gratitude for the things you have, the more joy you’ll get out of the whole process.
Plus, people like working for and with positive people who show gratitude. Practice being grateful now and you will be a better leader and business owner later.
- REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE
Steve Jobs once said, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Remind yourself that no one gets out of life alive and that you have nothing to lose in the grand scheme of things, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying every minute of the entrepreneurial life, even though there are no guarantees and no safety net.
Keep these four secrets in mind as you set off on your entrepreneurial journey. Remember, it’s not all stress and risks—there’s a lot of freedom and joy in choosing your own path, and it’s always worth it.