As an entrepreneur, I deal with an existential struggle.
It’s weighing on me particularly hard, given a few factors:
- I’m not getting any younger
- Neither are my kids
- The holidays are approaching, which makes me more naturally reflective
And probably more.
That struggle is the idea of, in some sense, “changing the world.” I’m a big dreamer with a lot of goals. There’s lots I want to do. At the same time, I want to be a lifestyle business owner. Not beholden to an office or the mental stresses that come along with the spotlight and running a large operation.
Some of us—maybe you?—have an obsession with changing the world.
So what’s an entrepreneur who wants to change the world to do, with so many priorities that are seemingly in conflict?
Recently, I’ve begun to think in terms of changing somebody’s world.
Can I change even one person’s world?
I think there are probably a few people who would say, and all glory to God, that something I’ve shown them or taught them has changed their world for the better.
At least a little.
In a sense, what more could you ask for?
Here’s the kicker. I don’t think that means you’ve “arrived” and now you quit.
The opposite, in fact. I think it means you press forward knowing that you are making progress towards your goals, living the lifestyle you want, and making a meaningful impact on somebody’s life.
Maybe “having it all” is the exact opposite of how most people define it.
Now perhaps you don’t struggle with this in your business. Perhaps it’s enough for you to have a few clients on recurring revenue that pay your bills and give you some extra spending money.
There is nothing wrong with that at all.
For those of you who do have larger aspirations, though, those are worth pursuing. But be careful. The pursuit itself matters. And you can either choose to live with crippling anxiety as you work toward those goals or live in peace, knowing you’re changing somebody’s world a little bit every day, while still being there for your family and achieving personal satisfaction.
For a while, entrepreneurship wasn’t cool.
About 10-15 years ago, though, that started changing. It became super cool. And now everyone is an expert on how to be one, haha.
That creates tremendous amounts of pressure, imposter syndrome, comparison traps, etc.
Don’t fall into those.
Stay in your lane. Set reasonable milestones. Enjoy the journey.
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