Choose Entrepreneurship

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Let’s assume you’ve decided to opt out of the traditional career paths. Or perhaps, like me one year ago, you have a job and you want out. This section will give you a foolproof, 100% guaranteed program to create insanely profitable businesses that take up a bare minimum of your time, in just four easy steps.

OK, obviously that’s a blatant lie.

There is no such thing as an easy path to easy money, and if there was I would charge a lot more for sharing it. Contrary to conventional wisdom however, there are many difficult paths to easy money that smart and hard-working people can take advantage of. The world is full of entrepreneurs paying themselves absurd hourly salaries, but most of them have paid their dues many times over again, through thousands of hours of learning, experimenting and failing in spectacular ways.

The life of an aspiring entrepreneur is not an easy one. You will be 100% responsible for your own life and livelihood, and with that comes a lot of stress. You will sink or swim based on how smart you are, how hard you work, and how well you execute. This is not usually the case when you work for a large organization, where only the most epic of failures will result in worse than a delayed promotion.

But the financial and psychological upside that comes with a life of hustling is worth the cost.

As an entrepreneur, your income will have unlimited upside potential. I’ll always be content to make reasonably good money, if I can do so with only a small time investment, but it’s nice to know that you have a small chance of becoming a billionaire. As Donald Trump said, “Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score.”

From an emotional and psychological perspective, working on businesses that you own is infinitely more rewarding than working as a cog in a machine. Since I quit my job and started focusing exclusively on my own projects, I’ve felt much more alive than I did before. I’m excited to wake up every day. I have ten times as much energy to work and grind than I used to. I’m more confident in my interactions with people and feel better about myself and what I’m doing with my life.

I am no longer an obedient worker bee. I am a wolf on the hunt, and it feels fucking awesome. I think back to my cubicle days, and realize that I felt like somebody had been slipping ambien in my coffee. I don’t care what your salary is, how much you think girls want to fuck you because of your business card, or how nice of a condo you just put a down payment on – the feeling and mindset of working for your own hustle, and not some massive faceless entity, is worth any amount of money. I would rather eat cat food and live.