But that's only half of the story. Although it's true that you can start working on your dreams and finally bring your ideas into reality, it comes at a steep price. A price tag you don't usually see or hear people talk about upfront, but it's definitely there.
If you haven't found it yet it will definitely show up some time. Usually sooner than later. It will come and knock at your door when you least expect it. Trust me, it will come and knock at your door too. When you see it, it will introduce itself as "change". So be prepared for it.
Needless to say that change is a good thing and I am a really big fan of it. But change can also have some bad sides. Being an entrepreneur will definitely change you and sometimes also your personality. In almost all cases it will make you a better, stronger and more confident person than you were ever before.
Unfortunately your environment will not change with the same pace as you will. This can lead to a lot of confusion among the people you cherish the most, your friends and the people you surrounded yourself with. Although most people will see the change, they won't talk much about it because they won't see and understand why you need to develop further.
But why do you need to develop further when you want to put your ideas into action? Because that's what entrepreneurship is all about. It's about being able to adapt to an environment that is changing every day, every minute and every second of the day without going nuts. Not going nuts in an environment that is pretty rough, where only the strongest survive is a tough bet, but it's a bet you have to be willing to accept, otherwise you're out.
The environment of a young company requires more flexibility and strengths from people than anything else out there. Although the pressure in other jobs might be the same, at the end of the day you can go online, check your bank account, smile and see your personal fortune getting bigger and bigger.
You can buy things to calm down your mind. Something 95% of all entrepreneurs will never be able to ever smile about in their life... Naren Shaam, co-founder of GoEuro put it quite nicely, at an event I recently attended:
Entrepreneurship is not for the normal people.
So if you' re not able to adapt to this environment, if you're not able to say goodbye to being a "normal" person and learn how to constantly deal with failure you will most probably not be able to win this game.
But if you are willing to change, adapt and be ready to stand up after every single knock down and grow even stronger, you will probably experience some of the best and most fruitful periods of your life. Putting aside some of the worst periods of your life you will also have to go through, due to entrepreneurship...