A New Year's word of encouragement to the new entrepreneur
On New Year’s Eve in 2009, I tweeted this:
One of these days I’ll say goodbye to having 2 jobs and ~4 hours of sleep a night. That’s not today though. Nor tomorrow. And that’s okay.
When I wrote that, there was a lot at play. I had a full-time job as a Web Developer at a church, I’d been doing freelance work with Bill, and I had no timeline in mind of when my agency, Focus Lab, might become a full-time reality.
I also had an 18-month-old who had plenty of medical needs, so my insurance benefit wasn’t something I could just walk away from.
But also true when I wrote that is that it would only be five quick months before quitting my day job and launching into Focus Lab as my sole source of income.
As I read the tweet now, I hear the voice of a tired but committed person. Tired of and tired from late nights and little sleep. I didn’t want it to be a long-term lifestyle, but I knew in that season it was what I needed to do in order to take the self-employment leap eventually.
Multiple jobs and a schedule of late nights aren’t part of every entrepreneur’s story. But these ingredients sure are common.
Maybe they’re part of your story right now. Maybe you have the second job and the late nights. You’re tired, but you’re energized by the vision you hold.
If a tweet like this could be yours this New Year’s Eve, stay the course and keep it up! Who knows what the next five months might bring.
Here’s to you and to the year ahead! ✨
© 2023 Erik Reagan unless otherwise noted
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