I’ve noticed a trend amongst young tech entrepreneurs. They all have their 9 to 5 paying gigs but they also have a “side project”. Is it just me or should that phrase die a terrible, miserable death? Not because I disagree with it but because I have yet to see a single one of those side projects turn into actual companies.
I know there’s something cool about being able to tell all of your friends about your cool new idea and how one day, it’s going to hit critical mass and make you friggin’ rich and then you can finally quit your day job! Take that, Corporate America!
The problem is, if you have any intention of making money from your side project, STOP CALLING IT A SIDE PROJECT. You are building a company, first and foremost. You should be thinking about this concept all day and all night and if you keep referring to this supposed business as a mere side project, it will never turn out to be anything more. If you’re writing some cool open-sourced gems just for fun, THAT is a side project. If you inadvertently referred to my startup as side-project, you better be prepared to get pimp slapped.
Entrepreneur? I call bullshit. Start acting like one.
i calls it like I sees it
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance”
But don’t let this quote fool you. It’s not JUST for the entrepreneurs. It’s for every single person out there. It’s about following your dreams to the ends of the fucking earth. To follow what you believe even when you feel completely alone. Being true to yourself. THAT is what matters to me.
Easier said than done.
It’s been a while — thank you for reading this. This is a bit about why I was born to be an entrepreneur and how I am clearly not the only one with this disability.
To all of the entrepreneurs out there… am I the only one who is so sick of people thinking we operate purely in the spectrum of making money??? People think that the only reason we work on a Friday night is to forward a dream that will make us amazingly wealthy one day. “Live a little, will ya?!” or maybe even a “No one ever died wishing they spent more time at the office”!! HA! Funny thing is… We ARE living — more than anyone else could understand; just on a different timeframe and space. I would argue that i’m part of a larger movement that many don’t know even exist. Come into our world. Would you like some coffee or tea?
I haven’t written in this blog for ages. I’ve had days, weeks and even years to contemplate about why I do what I do, which has helped me come to realize who I am. The question I ask you is: “What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?”. Do you have an itch that you need to scratch or do you have a supposed “million dollar” idea that will change the world? I want to hear about it. What makes you wake up in the morning? Be honest. Are you trying to add value where you work, with your family or are you in a place where you are prepping yourself to explode onto the scene full-bore?! If you don’t know, it’s not the end of the world but let’s think and talk about it NOW! Do you have a goal for being an entrepreneur? I’ll tell you what my assumptions are: it’s not to “create a socially active audience” and it’s definitely not to “capitalize on the growing market segment of who-gives-a-shit”. Plain and simple, it’s to create something that people can connect with that helps them enjoy their everyday lives and enjoy themselves.
For those interested, a small audience indeed, I am no longer actively working on HaveMyShift.com – I have moved onto a new venture that celebrates everyday successes and failures that occur when living our lives on the edge and keeping it real. We at AnythingYouCanTweet.com (alpha warning: VERY EARLY SOFTWARE) will ensure you have a platform that encourages you to showcase yourself doing what most others cant even fathom: trying.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt.
How many of you can say you can relate? What are you going to do TODAY that will be on everyone else’s minds?… Do you live your life with meaning? Do you think that today, you will finally work on the things that you have been dying to work on? Let me know what you think by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org – and tell me why you’re more of a badass than anyone else on this site. I want to make you the biggest fucking badass the world has seen. You have it in you. Email me or comment.