1. Being in control:
The best thing about an entrepreneur is that he is in absolute control of his life. He does not have to report to anybody. He can take a vacation any time he feels he needs one. He gets to decide what can happen in his venture. Best of all, nobody can fire him. It totally rocks to be your own boss and to create your own destiny.
2. Work becomes Fun:
Now, most people who work in 9 to 5 jobs always get exhausted at the end of the day and they dread the morning of the next day. Especially, after the weekends. Some call them “Monday Morning Blues”. Now, an entrepreneur works 24/7 and thus puts all of his energy into his work. By working this hard, he enjoys whatever he does and because of this, whatever venture he puts his effort into, will eventually turn out to be a great success. Work is what one is obliged to do while fun consists of what one is not obliged to do. (From Tom Sawyer-Mark Twain.) So now the equation is WORK=FUN.
3. Free from Boredom:
Arthur Schopenhauer, the great German thinker, and philosopher say that there are two kinds of misery. One is the misery of the working class another is the ennui of the born-rich, the fashionable society.
The misery of the working class: Because these people are busy generating wealth for others, the only thing they crave for every day is REST. They wish to enjoy life to its limits but they can’t. They are constrained by their work.
The misery of the fashionable society: Now, these are the few individuals most people desire to become. It really is a wonderful thing to be rich and do all the things that a typical “working class” person dreams of doing. Now let us look from a celebrities’ perspective. Because these “filthy rich” people get to do anything they desire, they actually come to a state where nothing much else gives them a “high”. Parties sound like fun and having physical pleasures very tempting. Now imagine doing the same things over and over again in a dull monotony. Then you come to a state of “ennui”, a state of absolute boredom. The other end where the “pendulum” of life swings to, according to Schopenhauer. So, to stimulate their senses further than that which is natural, the typical celebrity resorts to drugs, which is just the beginning of a complete destruction for them.
Now, an entrepreneur, though gets to be really rich, is not in this primarily for enjoying the pleasures of the rich. Getting to execute his ideas is what satisfies him. For a true entrepreneur, work is not a means to an end. It is an end in itself. The process is as rewarding to him as is the end product. Because an entrepreneur is consumed by his desire to work hard, he gets really no time to engage in the trivialities of everyday life. Now, how can he get bored?
4. Better relations with other people:
Because an entrepreneur is very busy, he will have very little time for others. Because of this, he will not become “Over Familiar” with others, which is the root cause for finding faults in others resulting in mischievous gossips. He will have the only contact with people of his own caliber and usually, this kind of friendship lasts for life.
For example, take George Washington Carver, the great American scientist. He was self-educated and was the man behind peanut butter. It was he who discovered natures secrets by the hundreds. He singlehandedly changed the course of many agriculture-based industries through his hard work and dedication. And the more familiar Henry Ford. These two great men who worked hard all their life forged a great relationship and were there for each other till the end. Or take the case of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Bill Gates thought he had nothing in common with Warren Buffet who was an Investor. Bill Gates had scheduled his meeting only for half an hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for Ten Hours! Such is the power of those who work hard on their own free sweet will!
5. Self Confidence:
Because an entrepreneur trusts in himself more than anything else, it unlocks the Giant that is present within himself. Coupled with the tremendous effort that goes with the task of getting an enterprise up and running, an entrepreneur is sure of success. This success breeds more success which in return instills greater faith in himself. After all, who does not wish to be self-confident?
6. Giving back to the Society:
It is truly a great privilege to be given an opportunity to give back to the society. Entrepreneurs create wealth and job opportunities for others. This way, many lives are touched and changed for the better. By giving back to the society an entrepreneur experiences a sense of meaning and purpose in his life, which others, merely by accumulating wealth will never get to feel. Money to a real entrepreneur is merely a tool and never an end in itself.
7. Free from wants:
A passionate entrepreneur will not have the desire for anything material because he has so little time for frivolities. Because he is completely immersed in his work, he is satisfied with whatever physical comforts he already has.
8. Being original and true to oneself:
Most people do things to please others. They do not have any thoughts of their own. Instead, they live the lives that others dream up for them. They want to please their children or friends or their parents and sincerely do what is expected of them to do. They live double lives all the time. Doing things they don’t want to do, talking stuff they don’t believe in just so as to fall in line with others. As the saying goes, “No man is an island unto himself”. Entrepreneurs, however, are a rare breed. They do exactly what they want and say precisely what they believe in. You may criticize them, show them their defects or mock at them, but the one thing you cannot do is influence them. Entrepreneurs are whole-souled beings who think their own thoughts and live their own lives. Thus they are not split in their minds between their inner and outer lives.
9. Enjoying time-out:
An entrepreneur will in all likelihood enjoy every second of the time they spend outside of their work. Events like movies, trekking or simply chatting with friends become very special because of the little time they get. They understand that they might not get an opportunity for indulging in these activities frequently and so enjoy every moment of it.
10. The Exhilaration of Success:
Very few get to experience the sweet taste of success. An entrepreneur accepts the challenges, works hard to overcome them and when victory results, he savors the moment. Even when he fails in the beginning, he does not lower his head nor does he give up because he believes in the essence of what Theodore Roosevelt once quoted
“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”An Entrepreneur is, by his very innate constitution poised only for success.
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