It’s awesome, but as every entrepreneur knows, before you can really experience life freedom you often have to put in a significant amount of time – usually much more time than you would have otherwise invested if you were just an employee of your business.
Not having a boss? Nope.
Don’t get me wrong, I hate having a “boss”. The idea of an annoying “boss” or “office manager” trolling around, micro-managing you, and always on your case, is cliché at this point, but unfortunately those types exist. Not having a boss is wonderful, but’s it’s not the most rewarding thing.
I’m not that money driven. Unlike other entrepreneurs (and I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with this) I don’t dream of a yacht, a Ferrari, or a 20,000 square foot mansion. I’m not hoarding up “stuff” to fill a void in my soul (and I’m not saying that people who chase these things necessarily are as well). People are motivated by different things. All I’m saying is that the perpetual acquisition of material things, and “symbols” of success doesn’t appeal to me. I’m not into it. In our businesses, after we had enough money to be able to do what we wanted to do all day long, and travel whenever we wanted to, I found that I wasn’t motivated just for the sole sake of making more money. There had to be something else (see below) to keep me pushing. So money is not the most rewarding thing for me as an entrepreneur.
So what is it (for me)?
For me, without a doubt, 100% certain, the most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur, the thing that gets me up excited each day, and pushes me to work into the night, is the chance to witness the act of creation. I LOVE (caps intentional) seeing something that didn’t previously exist come to life because of my work. I LOVE taking ideas and making them real.
Yesterday I was on a walk with my dog and my son Cohen. For some reason I started to think about the things in my life and business that didn’t exist one year ago, and have been created alone in the last year.
I came up with a list:
- A book, now in bookstores with signing events, that literally didn’t exist (other than in the form of a word document) one year ago;
- Multiple public speaking engagements and opportunities including an upcoming TEDx talk in Kelowna on September 26th;
- Consulting opportunities that have brought me into contact with many new and interesting people and companies;
- A newly launched website and re-branding strategy for our business;
- Growth in our business including several hundred new people joining our organization;
- International expansion in our business, including many new friends in Australia that we didn’t previously know; and
- Multiple trips and travel experiences through our business where we were able to meet and connect with many new and empowering people.
All in the past year. Then my mind started racing about what I can create this next year. I took out a pen a started to write down lots of cool ideas. Stay tuned!
What are you going to create this next year? Have fun with it!
Taking an idea, and making it real (in my opinion) is one of the most rewarding things you can do!