Lots of people dream of being rich, or becoming famous, or writing a book, or seeing the world…someday. But very few people actually accomplish their dreams. It’s actually pretty sad to think about. We encourage our youngsters to be dreamers, but does anybody really expect to see those dreams materialize?
Most people work at a job. Nothing wrong that that; good, honest work and making a living. Very few people go beyond “working” and create their own “thing” that replaces a J-O-B.
Sure, a lot of people talk about one day starting their own deal. But you and I know most of them never will. And there are plenty of excuses (even some really good excuses) all related to timing: mortgage, economy, kids, college, parents, etc. All through life, there will always be plenty of excuses to keep most people away from the opportunity.
That’s what makes the path entrepreneurs follow so lonely and treacherous. Of course, some would have people believe that entrepreneurs are all on easy street, sitting on stacks of money earned at the detriment of others. But you and I know that’s not true.
Most people can’t fully appreciate the worry and anxiety you deal with. The paranoia, the fear that comes with true responsibility, like meeting payroll and paying rent and covering that line of credit. The damn frustration that comes along with failing 10, 20 or 100 times for every one time you succeed. No doubt, it’s tough.
Setting all that aside, how many people can truly relate to what it feels like for your heart to nearly leap out of your chest, drumming with tension, afraid of whether or not you’re truly “ready” to take that first step. Or secretly knowing that you’re no smarter or no more talented than the others. You’re just crazy enough to take that step. And because of that, now you’re in charge. One day you wake up and you’ve accidentally become a leader, with what feels like the weight of the world resting on your shoulders. You’re Atlas, standing alone.
And who can you complain to? Will anybody really sympathize with your $166,000 quarterly tax bill? Of course not. Nobody will understand your frustration with the red tape, the forced “benefits,” the rules, the regulations.
And nobody would ever bother thanking you. That’s the part the really drives you nuts. All this crap, all this effort, and nary a “thank you”. Welcome to the real world, where you create your own destiny. The world where you have to look in the mirror each morning and accept the face you see, along with all its failures and doubts and worries, tagging along with a handful of occasional successes.
You have to tuck away your fear and broadcast your optimism and walk out another day on a mission to convince the world that you’re okay, that you know what you’re doing, that everything is under control.
We’re living the so-called dream. Shouldn’t we make sure we enjoy the ride and be as successful as possible? Yes, today is the day to buck up and make the most of the rare opportunity we’ve created for ourselves.
Jimmy Vee and Travis Miller are the founders of Rich Dealers—A Complete Marketing, Management & Productivity System For Creating A Rich Life & An Amazing Business. Vee and Miller are the nation’s leading experts on attracting customers, the authors of Gravitational Marketing: The Science of Attracting Customers and their new, controversial book Invasion Of The Profit Snatchers. Request your FREE copy at www.ProfitSnatchersBook.com. Use coupon code DMM1212.