On the outside looking in, it’s sexy! I come across people all the time who say, “I WANT TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR!”
“You get to “wake up” whenever you want to!”
“You get to work from home?!”
“You’re the BOSS!!!”
It’s officially been 90 days, and I hate to burst your bubble but being an entrepreneur is the most difficult job you’ll ever have in your life!
As a teacher, I had to wake up at 6 am every day, to clock in by 8:00 and be ready for the bell shortly after. Now I don’t wake up that early, it’s mostly around 8 or 9 am, and I don’t start working until around 10 am, but when I start working, I usually don’t stop until 10 p.m., 12 a.m. When we were working on the AAHH! Fest, I slept about one hour for three weeks!
I work harder now as an entrepreneur than I did as a teacher, because I am the Chief Financial Officer, The HR Coordinator, The Event Planner, The Development Director, The Chief Operating Officer, everything. Essentially I am the Principal, The Teacher, The Parent, The Student, The Janitor, basically a whole entire school wrapped into one but the truth is I love it, and wouldn’t trade my job for anything.
Being an entrepreneur is not for the weak, the lazy, the complainer, the blamer, the hater, the “I just want a vacationer,” or “I just want to travel the world-er.” Most days you have to suck it up, because you are the electricity to the whole operation. As Pearl Duck said “I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”
Most companies don’t become million dollar companies overnight, and in the non-profit world very few people take you seriously (especially those who offer grants), until you’ve been in existence for three years, not to mention the IRS can take up to 18 months to approve your tax-exempt status, and while your cause may be very noble, you learn very quickly how to barter services, make lots of new friends, and master your elevator pitch…
“Patience is a form of action…” was placed on my inspiration board in December of 2013, long before I became a full-time entrepreneur. Patience is one of those non-negotiable traits for business-owners and founders because you have to have it with other people, with projects, with fundraising and most of all with yourself…
I think I’ll get “I Survived My First 90 Days as an Entrepreneur” tatted on my chest (in invisible ink), because as with all jobs, the probationary period is over. By all measurements, Donda’s House is exactly where it should be (and in many areas we are off the charts in terms of our metrics), and the perfectionist (overachiever) in me, just keeps moving that target higher and higher. But even beyond that, the alternative (a world without Donda’s House), is just unacceptable to me. I can’t even fathom that…
As I said in the beginning, please keep me in your prayers & thoughts, and I will try my hardest to give you more frequent live updates from the battlefield!
The Executive Director of Donda’s House Inc.