Entrepreneurship is one of the toughest challenges anyone can undertake. Anything worthwhile usually requires great sacrifice and entrepreneurship is definitely one of those things. When I started my journey as an entrepreneur, I wasn’t aware of the sacrifices I would soon have to make. However, the sacrifices were well worth it because I found my purpose in life thanks to it.
The following are some of the fundamental sacrifices you will have to make;
First, your paycheck.
For some reasons, people assume all entrepreneurs are wealthy and living the life. However, most people only see the stories of successful entrepreneurs but don’t get a glimpse into their journey. If you want to be successful as an entrepreneur, you may have to sacrifice the paycheck for months at a time. Even worst, there is no guarantee that you will ever get paid and entrepreneurs must be willing to sacrifice their paychecks with hopes of building something big.
Again, you have to sacrifice your social life.
If you want to be successful as an entrepreneur, you have to sacrifice going out with your friends every night or being with people who don’t have similar mindsets as you. Entrepreneurs definitely deserve to party hard, but everything must be rationed.
If you want to be more than mediocre, you have to make decisions others aren’t willing to make.
Last but not least, your very own comfort.
If you love to be comfortable, entrepreneurship is going to be tough. Being an entrepreneur is like jumping on a never-ending roller coaster that is filled with surprises at every corner. You must be willing to put yourself into uncomfortable situations to come out with extraordinary solutions. As an entrepreneur, you’re going to have to do a little bit of everything, because you know exactly how you want things to pan out.
These are certainly three solid sacrifices you cannot avoid if you are bent on making it as an entrepreneur. Are there other sacrifices you feel strongly about and want to add to the list? Feel free to add them in the comment section.
Sara Nana Yeboah: CEO and Founder of The Sangy Nursing Services / Multi-award winning social entrepreneur / Radio & TV Health Consultant.
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