Being an entrepreneur is sort of like being a marathon runner.
Marathons are races of endurance characterized by hard training, eating every carb within a 300-ft radius, and most importantly, believing in your abilities. As a runner, you prepare for the long-haul, and ultimately, the voice inside your head is the only thing that’s going to get your wobbly legs across the finish line. You put in the hard work and suffer cramps and blisters because you really enjoy the rush of the race and the sense of accomplishment (we’ve all seen those 26.2 stickers on the back of SUV’s and soccer-mom vans alike) that comes with finishing something so daunting to the average, couch-inhabiting human being
While building a company from the ground up, you’ll endure coffee-fueled, seemingly endless days of work; you’ll voraciously consume every book and blog that you can find on the industry and possible competitors; and most importantly, you’ll believe in your vision–and yourself. As an entrepreneur, you’ll probably face rejection–lots of it. You may face funding difficulties, team issues, product failures, and legal barriers; but it won’t stop you. You’ll keep a positive mindset, and the voice inside your head will push you to keep going. You’re an entrepreneur because you love the rush that you get from doing what you’re passionate about. Each small success of your company gives you a sense of accomplishment and personal fulfillment.
If you’re thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, be prepared for the hard work and lessons in endurance that you’ll surely face. But never be afraid to strap on your sneakers and start running.