I had to think about this again last week when I met a lady at Leancamp Stuttgart that was probably in her forties and just started her own business. She was the oldest person in the room with a lot of youngsters, including myself. So we started chatting a bit and she told me how hard it was for her to stay in touch with her friends. Every time she saw them they would ask her if she was already making money, what about the bills and so on and so forth. All the stuff you usually try to avoid thinking about as an early stage founder. So she started minimizing the time she spent with her friends.
Of course, these are all questions every Entrepreneur has to deal with. But I guess the older you get, the harder they are to ignore and the more they erode your self confidence and put your projects at risk.Fortunately she didn’t seem to give up and instead tried even harder. She quit her job, worked continuously on her own project, left all naggers behind and blended into a completely new environment that is mainly dominated by younger males. A move I am definitely not able to pull off that easily once I have family and kids.
Putting that much passion and effort into something you believe in and being able to leave all bad circumstances behind is in my eyes the truest form of Entrepreneurship out there. Everything I did so far just seems like a piece of cake compared to what she has to go through. “Dear lady, should you read this: I deeply respect you for what you’re doing and hope that one day when I will look back at our conversation I will have some of your willpower and start living my dream.”
What about you? Have you also met, know someone or are even one of these incredibly passionate Entrepreneurs that are willing to get out of their comfort zone and put everything they have at risk to live your dream?