This is not the blog post I had intended to write and post today, but after trying to write a different one, my thoughts have kept coming back to needing to write this post.
Last night my mom said to me “I never thought you would be the type of person that would chase money” – I let out a loud heart felt laugh in reply. My poor worrying mother – she doesn’t understand entrepreneurship. That is one of the first thing someone who doesn’t understand entrepreneurship will say.
On the other hand, any real entrepreneur will tell you that there’s no way in hell they would put themselves through this torturous (and fabulous) lifestyle only for the money.
Entrepreneurs see the world differently…we see opportunities everywhere we look. We ache to solve problems and to fill gaps. We can’t fight our urges to make the world a better place. We don’t sit around talking about how to make the world a better place we jump in and DO IT. We can’t follow the crowd.
Success in the eyes of an entrepreneur isn’t money – success is seeing their vision work – seeing their vision applied and making a difference. The money is the bi-product and entrepreneurs deserve every dollar they make and even with that said – most entrepreneurs turn around and reinvest their money in bigger and better potential. Not to make more money but to make a bigger difference.
After my laughter, I told my mom that she can rest assure she didn’t raise a greedy kid but she has indeed raised a kid that aims to make the world a better place. I can’t deny who I am and what I aim to accomplish. Not matter how painful the process is, it makes me extremely happy and I can’t lead my life any other way. It brings me a real sense of purpose and challenges that in turn bring me satisfaction, joy, and growth.
I know what my life is about – once you come realize that – money is simply a resource needed to facilitate following your purpose.
I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get my mom to understand who I am and why I do what I do. Unfortunately, her lack of understanding becomes part of the adversity that’s part of being an entrepreneur.
It’s all part of the journey – my life is on steroids so whatever buttons I’m going to push I seem to be pushing them with increased frequency and intensity.
@Trula Sent this quote over twitter right after I posted my post – pretty fitting: “Why do so many…settle for so little? I don’t understand why they’re not greedy for what’s inside them” -Jack Gilbert