“I’ve made decisions which went on to lose me four or five thousand dollars. It’s not a big deal for a big company, but for guys like me it can be crippling.”
One of my freelancer friends told me this once, and I’ve never forgotten it. It’s easy to say we want to be entrepreneurs when we watch Gary Vaynerchuk Snapchat his way through Sydney.
But the truth of the matter is, sometimes it sucks to make every decision. Whenever your income and your lifestyle is 100% dependent on that choices you make from day to day, it’s brutal. Only certain mindsets can handle that.
Especially in today’s culture, we glorify the individual who can do it “all on his own.” We idolize the entrepreneur and treasure the freelancer.
It’s also true (from everyone I’ve talked with on the subject) there’ is no off switch. An independent worker is always working… or never working. It all depends on your personality.
We don’t all have a responsibility to start a company.
But we do all have the responsibility to realize our potential, even if that doesn’t look exactly like we thought it would.
Thanks so much for the story, Terry. So powerful. (Also I see you’re from Memphis — shout out to a fellow Tennessean! I’m in Nashville)