What Being An Entrepreneur Means to Me

Being an entrepreneur is special, and it means different things to different people. It takes an extraordinary personality and skill set to not only be a successful entrepreneur but to simply make it over the hump. So far, it’s been a pretty crazy ride, and I’d like to share what being an entrepreneur means to me.

When I was growing up, being an entrepreneur never occurred to me. I wanted to be everything from a neurosurgeon to a marine biologist, but being my own boss wasn’t one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up.

It should have been, and my parents should have recognized the fire. I was a stubborn, opinionated and independent child who grew into a fiercely independent, stubborn adult.

When I think back on the reasons that I struck out on my own, three underlying feelings float to the surface:

FreedomFreedom

Being an entrepreneur affords me a type of blissful freedom that I’ve craved for so long.

The freedom to be my own person, to follow my dreams and to do what I want when I want to do it. Sounds a little cliche, I know. But, if you were born with a sense of independence so strong that working in a cubicle is suffocating, you’d understand.

That freedom allows me to use my independence and my vast experience to do the things that not only make me happy but pay the bills and ultimately help people.

AccountabilityAccountability

Being accountable is a significant factor in being an entrepreneur, and is something that should never be taken for granted.

Being my own boss allows me to be accountable for my own actions and the relationships that I build or break. Being accountable is a facet of entrepreneurship that may not come up often, but it is a foundational building block in who you are and how you work.

Through accountability, I’ve grown exponentially in more ways than one. I’m a very different person now than I was when I began my journey into entrepreneurship.

I’m more sure of myself and my talents. I’m less worried about where money is coming from, and I celebrate the little things more often.

DriveDrive

An independent soul is a driven soul.

Your drive is what keeps you going. It pushes you to keep learning, keep growing.

My personal drive not only allows me to be an entrepreneur, but it also refuses to let me be anything else because that is just who I am.

I am an entrepreneur because it’s part of my DNA and it brings a smile to my face on a daily basis. What’s your excuse?

Something to be Proud Of…

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“That’s something to be proud of

That’s a life you can hang your hat on

You don’t need to make a million..”

Do you work hard to make a good living? That’s all well and good, but are you proud of what you do? Try stepping back to look at it from another angle. From the outside looking in, you should feel an overwhelming sense of pride when you look at the work you do and how it affects yourself and others. If not, then you’re doing it wrong.

We all have something that we’re proud of, and the context of that pride varies from person to person, group to group and business to business. Pride in your actions can only be gauged by yourself, and no one else. Don’t look to someone else to find the answers or ask what you should do. Own it and make it happen.

Be Proud…But Stay Classy, San Diego.

Own that shit and be proud of everything that you do, but don’t turn into a bloated pride-monster. No one likes that. Be proud and stay humble. If you can do that, you’ll never truly work a day in your life.

Are you proud of your work?