If there is one misconception about entrepreneurship that is heralded as the norm and uplifted to a high pedestal to be recognised as courage or nobility, is that of the relationship between Entrepreneurship and Sacrifice.
People think that Entrepreneurship requires vast amounts of Sacrifice.
– 15 hr work days, 7 days a week.
– Relationships take a backseat.
– Working while others are celebrating the weekend.
– Missing out on your favourite TV Shows.
– Living lean and keeping a tight reign on your finances.
– Putting yourself in a world of uncertainty and instability.
– Taking calculated risks, relying on gut feel.
To the worker, the executive, or the non-entrepreneur, all these things seem like a grand sacrifice. Foregoing the comfortable life, the entrepreneur is a sucker for pain, punishment and stress.
But to the entrepreneur, this is what he sees if he were to sacrifice entrepreneurship for a comfortable life:
– Facing the drudgery of the 9-5; 5 days a week or sometimes unnecessary overtime.
– Celebrating the weekend because you endured 5 weekdays. Trading 5 days of your life for 2 days of freedom.
– Missing out on planning your own work schedule.
– A life where your dream remains a dream.
– Putting yourself in a world of certainty, predictability and the illusion of stability.
– Taking no risks at all.
Entrepreneurs see no Sacrifice when they pursue the off-beaten path of entrepreneurship.
Not pursuing your dreams, and living society’s preordained, template life – that, I feel, is the biggest Sacrifice of all.