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What I Wish I Knew About Entrepreneurship Before I Started

I wish someone would have told me how hard entrepreneurship was.

Not that I wanted it to stop me from pursuing it, but I wish I would’ve had a more realistic view of what was to come — perhaps my mental health wouldn’t have suffered so much.

We are shown such a grandiose version of entrepreneurship that it brings the “grass is always greener” saying to my mind.

Entrepreneurship isn’t fast. Isn’t easy. And it isn’t glamorous.

It’s real. It’s difficult. It takes time.

But it’s worth it.

That picture right there… the real, raw, authentic explanation of what entrepreneurship really is could’ve helped my mindset as I was “failing” for 2 years straight.

Every day was the same:

  • Coffee
  • Set out to tackle the day’s tasks like learning marketing or learning how to sell without feeling sleazy
  • Getting crickets back from an almost non-existent audience (because other entrepreneurs who were trying to pitch me their services flooded my follower-count, making my actual followers not see my content first)
  • Taking it personally because I was shown that “entrepreneurship is easy”
  • Feeling like a massive failure
  • Day after day
  • Hour after hour
  • And suffering mentally and emotionally because of it

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Over and over and over again.

I honestly have no idea how I kept going for 730 days straight in that cycle. But I did. More actually. And if you’re reading this, I’m willing to bet you’re right where I was too.

Feeling lied to by the people who market entrepreneurship as something so easy that it happens within a month to 3 or even 6 months.

But that’s not even close to reality.

In reality, many businesses are lucky to break even in their first year — because most don’t. And the second year, it’s the same. In the third year, that’s when you’re statistically supposed to start seeing profits.

But that’s not what we hear about.

So I decided to stop everything and reevaluate.

I’m no longer putting my time or effort in places that don’t feel correct for my energy or spending another dollar on yet another copy-paste course that is going to tell me the same thing every other one is.

I’m done.

Not with entrepreneurship; I’m done with the way anyone else tells me to do entrepreneurship.

What do I want to do?

I’m a writer.

Okay. Anything else? I like speaking out loud and talking about my insights.

Okay. Good. Two things.

Two things that are me. Not my business, just me.

What do I think this will do?

Honestly, I have no idea. I don’t have any expectations specifically, and here’s why.

I can’t predict what others are going to want to hear from me. I can only see what they like hearing about from me.

Data.

Meaning I’m not “failing,” because I didn’t do what the course said or what the ‘guru’ was saying to do.

There’s no way to fail here.

Because whether I want to talk about my thoughts and way of thinking; my food allergies and how I live by being gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free; my love of the beaches, my memories at the lake, or my fictional stories based on real events; or even my insights with Human Design, Manifestation, or just Business with being someone who doesn’t fit into the norm of society.

Who knows what will entertain or inform or illuminate?

But I’d like to find out.

And maybe, business won’t have to be as hard as it seems, when I’m doing what I want to do regardless of the system that entrepreneurship seems to be functioning within.

And maybe, just maybe, that’s what you want to try too.

This article was originally published on Medium by Lillith Elaina.