So you want to be an entrepreneur.

So you want to be an entrepreneur.

You will take a pay cut.
You will work for months on a project that doesn’t connect with your audience.
You will get screwed over by anyone you can imagine (investors, staff, board members, your dog, etc.)
You will work 18-hour days.
You will sit for 18 hours and not do anything productive.
You will realize that you haven’t left your office / house / apartment / basement for 3 days.  
You will pull an all-nighter working on a Saturday night.  
You will question why in the world you left your secure job to do this.
You will doubt your ability to make something great.
You will be told “no” in dozens of ways by hundreds of people.
You will go over-budget.
You will miss deadlines.
You will run out of money.
You will read case studies and success stories and wonder why you can’t figure out what those people did.  
You will tell yourself that failure is okay, but you will feel terrible when you fail.  
You will take a nap to escape from the pressure.
You will bottle up your emotions since you want to present a positive face to the world.
You will work nights and weekends to fund your dream.
You will feel guilty whenever you’re not working.
You will feel guilty for working too much.  
You will feel guilty because peanut butter exists, and it has laid claim to your soul.
You will want to change direction after each piece of feedback you receive.
You will speculate about what is wrong with your product or service.
You will invest in tools and software, and you’ll actually only use half of it.  
You will compare yourself to people who are helping millions of people.  
You will consume more than you produce.  

But…

You will make amazing friends.
You will discover strength you never knew you had.
You will accept full responsibility for your life and the choices you make.
You will take a hike in the middle of a weekday.
You will feel the joy of seeing something you made make someone else smile.
You will get that check at the last minute that keeps you in business another month.
You will build a team who shares your vision and supports you when you doubt.
You will speak proudly of your work to anyone who cares to listen.  
You will create a work environment that you love.
You will become more resourceful than you knew was possible.  
You will learn from mentors and realize that you’re not alone.  
You will live your life to the fullest and never have to wonder “what if?”
You will make those around you proud to know you.
You will make an impact in a unique and creative way.  
You will play video games with your co-workers at 5pm on a Friday.  
You will teach others from your mistakes.
You will overcome failure and doubt.

You will succeed.  Not because you’re guaranteed to make money or stay in business forever, but because you’re taking a risk to live life on your own terms.  And for me, that’s the definition of success.