I started the day taking inventory of my monthly expenses. This taxing activity left me with the thought – “I wonder if I can get a discount on Top Ramen noodles.” Even as a young child, there has always been this urgency to jump from the comfort zone and to plunge deep into the waters of full-time entrepreneurship, but today’s lesson (I’m the teacher and the student) is about patience. I often hear from well-meaning investors, founders and “wantrepreneurs” the suggestion that quitting your day job and running your business full-time makes you a “true” entrepreneur. I disagree. The best course of action is to continue to hate your job while you build the one you want.
The one thing a founder needs more than anything in the unpredictable landscape of entrepreneurship is motivation. There’s nothing more motivating that working a 9 to 5 job that you could careless for to just arrive home at the end of the day to work some additional hours on your side business. Did someone say “no life?” To hate your job is to propel you to love and have passion for something else.
I’ve known for quite some time that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. From rigging together a wooden vending machine in my room as a kid to creating my own rap album in high school to battling coursework and growing an online pawn shop brand in college; I knew someday I would be my own boss. I cannot imagine a life without that goal in mind and frankly, I believe it’s attainable. The question is “when,” which brings us back to the word of the day – patience. I have none.
Unlike many of the “founders” of today, I am not trying to force myself upon something. In reality, being a founder seems like the only option for me when it comes to my career. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I have always searched for ways to make my mark on the world. How can I positively impact the world? What will it be? I don’t know. For now, I sit at a cubicle making money for someone else as my passion is thrust into my “side” business. So until then, I will continue to hate my job and make my impact on the world part-time. I guess that’s why it’s called patience.