Napoleon Hill describes a story in his book Think and Grow Rich that represents one of the main ingredients on your path to achievement—a burning desire to succeed. This story also describes how it is to be an entrepreneur:
“A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which insured his success on the battlefield.
He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe, whose men outnumbered his own.
He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them. Addressing his men before the first battle, he said, “You see the boats going up in smoke.
That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice—we win—or we perish! They won.”
The Battle Begins
Being employed is like going to battle, but not burning your ships before the battle. You always have something secure and although you may wish to achieve even more, you just think about your backup.
You still know how much money you will make at the end of the month and besides some stress at your desk, you don’t have to worry about what will you eat or do the next day, week, or month.
Still, you should know that not everyone is built to become an entrepreneur, and it is also not recommended for everyone.
I’m writing more about the dark side of entrepreneurship, because we mostly see how some CEO just bought himself a new beach house, yacht, jet, etc., but forget to see those who failed and sometimes lost everything.
It Takes a Lot of Nerves, Passion, Time, and the Way to Glory Is Full of Sacrifices:
You don’t have a fixed schedule and you will learn on your own just how much your personal motivation affects the success of your business.
You might lose some friends because you just don’t find time to see them, or when you finally have some time, you just wish to rest (same applies for family).
If things get bigger, you might develop some paranoia regarding the people who surround you and whether their interests are also in your best interest.
You might get to the top and still feel alone.
All These and Many More Put Aside, There Are Some Great Advantages
You are the commander of your own battle on the way to self-achievement.
You get to decide each step, learn about calculated risks, and know when and how to take them.
You will never feel so close to death OR so alive than while being a full time entrepreneur.
You will learn how to read people, how to invest in them, and how to choose your friends, partners, and employees better.
You will learn that you cannot satisfy everyone.
Sometimes you will start analyzing everything from a business point of view and leave your feelings beside.
You will be able to give back, improve, and grow yourself by growing others.
Just don’t forget that you are still on a battlefield. Entrepreneurship and business really are just that: a battle where precision, timing, strategy, critical thinking, team and resource management decide your future.
In the end, there are lessons you learn by having a business that no school or job will be ever able to teach you.
(You’ll also get used to sleeping less than others, which means you’re using your time more efficiently than them.) Owning a business is like going to battle every day without having any way to retreat.
If you like adrenaline, uncertainty, and wish to grow something bigger, then try it.
Article curated from MOBE