Why do we all want to be Entrepreneurs?
Everyone seems to be so caught up in how they can be the next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, why? What is it that draws our attention to these people that are so out there that they believe they are pushing the limits of reality? What makes these so called famous Entrepreneurs seem so cool? Do we even know what they go through in their daily life?
I am may not be able to answer these questions the way you want, but I will answer from my own experiences. You see I am just a local grown Idaho potato kind of guy. Started my lawn business when I was 12 and grew into 40 plus lawns through high school. Yeah yeah every kid does that right? Went on a Mormon Mission and learned a lot about myself and leadership but we have all heard this story before. I came home, went to College to become a lawyer, because lawyers made good money and play a crap ton of golf. Talk about the American dream, doing whatever you can to make good money so you can play and spend more. Some call it the dream others call it entitlement, whatever.
Then I got into door to door sales and found out that I could be my own boss again. Had some success to help me believe I could cut some corners and then I was slammed back to square zero. You see, this is where the good part comes along. The part that we hear about from all these big Entrepreneurs. The Mark Cuban’s in the world, where they find their talent a little later on in life.
People look at me now and think “oh he is successful with his photography and video career.” Truth is, you have to see it from my side and this will give you second thoughts on being an Entrepreneur.
I went back to school, enrolled in a basic photography class that I almost dropped because I was failing. We often are told about these Y’s in the road of life, and how we don’t see them until they pass, but this was big one for me. I took this image where I used a long exposure and painted with iphone flashlight a couple pairs of my Nike shoes. It was the first image that I was proud of and had a passion for. It caused me to gamble and go all in, and give a 100% to photography.
I wish I could tell you that I started killing it and my stuff made me tons and tons of money, but it didn’t. I quit my job selling cell phones and became a starving entrepreneur by choice. I maxed out four credit cards to upgrade all my equipment, and lived on pancake mix and oatmeal for nearly 6 months. I played it off as if I were fine. Everyone perceived that I was successful, man I fooled them right? There was this challenge to survive for nearly 18 months.
Everyday I would wake up, hit the gym, go to my computer to learn and hustle to get work. I would shoot photography and video for free to build my portfolio. I would work for gas in my car or just simply food. I learned so much about mental toughness, and how to stay positive. Life was not that great to be honest, but damn I had myself thinking it was. I was involved in one startup company after the next, and none of them worked out for me. In fact, I got burned a few times. Still after all this rejection and failure I felt like I was so close to breaking the threshold to becoming successful. I would tell myself “this is the next big thing.”
It wasn’t until fall of 2014 when I had a marketing scheme to market to all the girls on a college campus for roommate pictures. This would be the next pivotal point in my life. I met my wife, she was the hardest sale of my life. I knew the moment I saw her that there was something different about her and damn she put up a fight for me to even take her out on a date. While we were dating things started falling into place.
That winter I was approached by 509 films to help out filming all of 2016 Yamaha Snowmobile video content. That led to more opportunities filming in the backcountry. Somehow everyone again thought I was successful, making a killer amount of money, but the truth is I was just paying off all my credit cards that got me through the last 18 months.
Now wait, I was telling why you should go through all this pain and suffering to be an entrepreneur.
You see, the Summer of 2015 will serve as one of the best summers of my life. I had few contracted video clients, Megin and I were shooting a Wedding just about every other week, and we were in engaged. Sounds pretty sweet right?
It was and still is sweet to shoot video and photography and edit for hours on end, not to mention I put 30,000 miles on my Honda driving back and forth from Orem to Rexburg. We shot 21 weddings, and I was hired out for nearly 40 plus videos from other clients.
You do the math. The driving time for 30,000 miles, flights, Weddings, shooting portraits, shooting video, editing portraits, editing video, waiting for photos and video to upload to the internet, social media marketing, answering emails, and paying bills. I was also engaged so I had to spend as much time as I could we my future wife and plan a wedding.
Am I selling you on being an Entrepreneur and running your own business yet?
How is it that Entrepreneurs love this lifestyle of a roll coaster ride of ups and downs? I will tell you why, it’s because there is no better fit for people that are wired to never shut off or down. A group of people that don’t care about money, they care about doing better than the day before. A group of people that get so stoked about pushing the limits and stepping away from the herd of mediocrity do great work.
Steve Jobs said it best, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Honestly, a true Entrepreneur would tell you they fought with every resource they had to create luck, and it was the hardest thing they ever did. Everyday they fought through challenges, but along the way they never stopped following their heart. It’s not taught in schools or in a workshop or even in audiobooks. It’s something so deeply rooted in some individuals that they are willing to gimbal it all against the odds, and only a select few will ever make it. Are you next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk or Mark Cuban? Ask yourself do you have what it takes to be a successful Entrepreneur?