The greatest value that you will get out if this course is understanding exactly what being an entrepreneur entails. You may have gotten that entrepreneurial fire from watching Shark Tank, or reading about someone who has achieved great success and wealth from starting their own company; however chances are that you really have no idea just what it has taken for them to get there. You may think that all it takes is starting a company, or coming up with a product. Truth is there is so much more to being an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur is not something you do; it is who you are.
One of the great lessons that is taught is that in order to be successful, you have to work with a purpose in mind. You need a plan – an endgame. In order to do this you have to sit down and figure out exactly what it is you would like to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it. Success will not just happen. You have to make it happen.
Do not fear, however. Find someone to take the journey with you. Find a mentor, someone who has “been there, done that.” There is no shame in admitting that there are people who are smarter, more experienced, more successful, and more knowledgeable than you. There is a wealth of information available these days in books, online, and in school courses, but nothing will have as important an impact as a personal mentor. The landscape is constantly changing as new innovations and ideas are implemented. Someone who is in, or has been in, the industry can help you adapt and see a little further down the road to make sure you are ahead of anything that may come your way.
Before embarking on your own hero’s journey, take a moment to reflect on what you want your life to be like. If you want to work 9-5, spend weekends with your family going on day trips to the coast, and make it to every rehearsal, sports practice, or performance, then perhaps being an entrepreneur doesn’t line up with your vision. There is nothing wrong with being completely and brutally honest with yourself. In fact, you may just avoid numerous years of heartache, confusion, and failure. Is there an entrepreneur inside all of us? Sure, but are we willing to make the necessary sacrifices to bring that side of us to the surface? It just may be that you are feeling the entrepreneurial fire deep inside of you, that desire to make an impact on the world. Or, in the end, it might just be acid reflux. It is up to you to decide.