It all looks so easy, doesn’t it? Well, let me let you in on a secret. It can actually be really hard, stressful and exhausting. But, being an entrepreneur can also be incredibly liberating, exhilarating and unbelievably rewarding. Now here’s the thing. Most of the time, it’s all of these things (and so many more) at the same time and often all on the same day.
From failure to million-dollar business. Current in Entrepreneurship.
Derek understands how difficult it can be as an entrepreneur because he didn’t just rise to success on a linear path. In fact, it was quite the opposite, as he points to the critical role that failure played in building a million-dollar business.
Halpern started his first blog after accidentally clicking on someone else’s site and realizing he could get paid by advertisers. He figured this would be an easy way to make money. He was wrong. It bombed.
Then he accidentally clicked on another blog and decided he’d try again…this time “making fun of celebrities” instead of sharing the dumb things he did in college.
He was right. It worked. He was starting to climb the ladder of success that everyone dreams of.
And while he was suddenly doing better than he’d ever had, he still struggled from time to time, like when he decided to run his blog and hold a corporate job, which went great until he got a mediocre review, starting a downward spiral of hating himself and “drinking too much.” Or when he decided to launch a website for conferences and speakers, working on it for months before realizing that others were doing the same — and failing.
In a 2015 interview with Halpern, Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” shared how, at one point, he was so down that he actually considered suicide.
Fortunately he didn’t, and he learned something very important from that time in his life: neither ups nor downs are permanent.
In other words, when you’re up, enjoy it because it’s not going to last forever. Soak it in, revel in it, bask in its glory.
And if you’re down, remember that relief is ahead because you can’t stay down forever either.
Or, as Tim says, it’s about “…realizing that there is no darkness without the light, that the light can come afterwards. And it does always come afterwards.”
This is critical because entrepreneurship and depression often go hand-in-hand.
Current in Entrepreneurship.
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