Starting a business is challenging, but the challenge is even greater when you’re young. Little no work-experience, life-experience or business experience you’re in for a real treat. You’re also somewhat looked down upon by the older guys who sit with the money you want, perhaps not without reason though. There has been some really successful young people in the past decade and we may be fooled into thinking that everyone can accomplish everything.
I’m going to be a tad pessimistic now
Contrary to what your mom and dad may have taught you, you can’t do everything. I get a lot of crap for saying that, but here’s why I do so. Yes you can go from singing like a dying animal to singing well. Can you become as good as Michael Jackson? Well I wouldn’t even know, because I’m still at the dying animal stage of my singing career. Thing is, if I wanted to learn to sing.. I would have to invest so much time into it. We’re not talking tens of hours, not hundreds, more like thousands of hours and you know what? I don’t think neither you nor I will do that any time soon. If you do though, let me know!
You see, when everyone says that everything is possible, they leave out one crucial little thing; the time it takes to accomplish that goal. You want to learn to sing, but can’t? Have fun spending the next 10 years learning it. Want to become an astronaut? Well you’re going to have to spend a lot of years with your face down in books studying shit that I couldn’t possibly understand. You want to become great? Then get ready to invest the time!
Perhaps you don’t have the willpower and the time to become the best in everything, maybe you won’t be a world class singer, run your business and be an astronaut as well. But you can be one of those things if you work fucking hard. That’s what I did.
Want to know why and how I started my own business? I put in the work. We’re talking the 10 hour days, 7 days a week learning economy, business, investing, public speaking and so much more. I invested all my time into it.
But here’s the bottom line. You can’t do everything, because you don’t truly want to do everything. When your mom told you that you’re special and can do whatever you want, she never told you about the time needed to do it. She didn’t talk about the shit you go through on the path to the end result you seek. No one told you about the 7 day work days, not eating Sunday dinners with your family for months on end and prioritising work over holidays time after time after time. If you want to become great in something you need to put in the work AND YOU DON’T IF YOU DON’T LOVE IT.
It’s perfectly fine to pursue something only to realise it’s not for you. That being said, if you don’t love the grind you won’t get the end result no matter what. If you want to create a business you better enjoy putting in the work, day in day out. This goes for everything.