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They’re Just Not Going to Get it, the Lonely Existence of an Entrepreneur

August 30, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

You know, one of the challenges of being an entrepreneur is that you’re different than everybody else. A lot of your people in your life aren’t going to understand or get what you’re doing. Many people work for corporate America or work routine jobs with routine schedules. They’re in work. They’re out of work. They have these very clear modes and their work also starts and stops.

As I built by business and been an entrepreneur, I’ve had a lot of non-entrepreneurs question my time allocation, wondering why my work doesn’t stop, wondering why some of my work continues, and why I don’t have five or ten minutes here or there for this or that. You’ll hear things like you can’t work 24 hours a day, or you have to take a break. But as I interface with other entrepreneurs, I find that a lot of entrepreneurs don’t want to take those breaks. They want to keep moving. They’re energized by their business. They’re on a bigger mission.

One of the most lonely parts of being an entrepreneur is that a lot of times, the world around you won’t understand you, but not to fear. Other entrepreneurs do. They understand the phase that you’re going through, whether they’re going through it currently or if they’ve built their business because this phase often does pass. Just because you’re going through a period now where you are working 18 hours a day, building something bigger, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to go on forever. It may end at some point and you can plan for that, so take faith. Know that the world won’t get you. A lot of people won’t get you. That’s part of being an entrepreneur. Keep building something bigger. Keep working for your future and know that you can get there and that when you do, you’ll be different than everybody else. You already are.

What’s been your experience with being an entrepreneur? Have other people been challenged by you and your experiences? Have they questioned your time allocation? Join us in the comments below.


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