I’ve learned that anything worth having will require sacrifice. Sacrifice is defined as the act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as worthy. When a person truly believes that something is worthy, he or she will act on that belief.
What do you regard as worthy of your sacrifice?
Sacrifice comes in all shapes and sizes especially when it comes to entrepreneurship. Many of you know my story. I left my job as an auditor for a Big 4 accounting firm in 2009 working an average of 60 hours or more a week for almost 9 months out of the year. I decided to no longer ignore the “entrepreneurial gene” in me. But guess what? Initially, my work hours were still an average of 60 hours or more and a lot of times it was more. While I gained freedom in being able to freely chase my dreams, I still sacrificed a lot of my time chasing those dreams. This meant saying no to some outings with friends. Staying up into the wee hours of the morning, only to get up early and do it all over again. But my dreams were worthy of my sacrifice.
A lot of us have hopes and dreams that we’ve been holding on to for weeks, months, and even years. Do you truly want to know what stops most of us? The sacrifice. We don’t want to sacrifice our current way of living. So instead we remain complacent. We’re normally comfortable just enough to ignore the areas of our life where we’re not operating at our maximum potential.
Living in Charlotte where the banking industry is huge, it’s natural that I have a lot of friends and associates who work in the industry. Most of these friends absolutely despise their jobs. It’s not that they aren’t good at their job; it’s that they don’t feel like they’re operating at their maximum potential. So, what keeps them there for years? They’re comfortable. They don’t want to sacrifice their current way of living.
Leaving my job in 2009, I definitely sacrificed my way of living for a few years. Even today when I decide to create new products and/or shift my business’s direction, I have to make sacrifices initially. But I’m able to see the bigger picture.
That bigger picture is summed up in the following quotes:
Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t. — Anonymous
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain, Author
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
I started this blog with the following sentence: When a person truly believes that something is worthy, he or she will act on that belief. I’m encouraging you to get your life in line with what you believe! Don’t do be afraid to step out on faith; it will be worth it!
PS – I’m stepping out on faith once again to create a product for current and aspiring nonprofit managers. If you fall into one of those categories, attached is a short 10-question survey that will allow me to tailor the product directly to your needs and thus better meet the needs of the industry. Thank you in advance for taking a few minutes of your day to complete it at https://goo.gl/forms/5b72ErmulUNzgTUB3. If you don’t fall into either of those categories but know of others who do, please feel free to share.