Being an entrepreneur is not easy. When we’re not out on our fancy private jets, sailing around the world, and playing golf in exotic places, there is a lot of real work that has to get done.
If you’ve been an entrepreneur or small business owner for any amount of time, you know that this world ain’t all sunshines, rainbows, and unicorns. It can be mundane, and when it isn’t mundane, it’s usually incredibly scary and stressful.
For these moments, there are two quotes that have helped “calm me down” time and time again. Unfortunately, I do not know the origins of either. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.
Nothing Is Ever as Good or As Bad As it Seems.
Oh man. I must say this one at least once a day. You’ve gotta take the good with the bad as an entrepreneur, but nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems at first. That new project idea that you’re really excited about? It’s gonna be awesome, I’m sure, but I bet it won’t live up to your high expectations.
That computer Hard Drive failing? That really sucks…but I bet the ripple-effect that you first imagined (leading to your kids and their future kids living on the street, perhaps) is probably not going to come out of it.
Here is the second quote:
An Entrepreneur Is Paid Not For What He Does, But For His Amazing Ability To Withstand Insane Amounts of Pressure
This is so true. Most of the entrepreneurs I have met do not do incredibly interesting or challenging things. Most of what they do is rather boring. But it takes real guts to go it alone and risk being poor and hungry so that you can be a creator.
When you’re feeling stressed out and under pressure, just remember: that’s kinda your job.
What are your favorite entrepreneurial quotes? Comment below!