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“Nothing worthwhile comes easy.”

The road to becoming a successful entrepreneur is one of pain and hardships — a daily grind that takes time, blood, sweat, and tears. I’ve failed over and over again, and from each failure, I’ve learned how to improve my approach, bringing me closer to my goal. Entrepreneurs have to be hungry, and any successful entrepreneur will agree with me when I say there is nothing quite as satisfying as the freedom to run your own company, nor is there anything as delicious as self-made success.

Starting off, I might not have known the vocabulary that goes with business ownership, the only thing I knew was that I was born ready to hustle. I love my parents, but being born with a drive to hustle isn’t necessarily genetic. Most people assume that success is just a game of luck or chance, but I’ve worked my ass off, maintaining the drive, determination, patience, a clear strategy, and a goal.

Anyone can acquire the necessary skills to become their own boss and are motivated to become entrepreneurs for different reasons.
Today, I’d like to open up and share with you why I chose the path of entrepreneurship.

First off, I live for the thrill. The unknown excites me — I’m the first to walk into a dark room or choose the mystery prize behind door #3. I’m an adrenaline junkie, who takes risks. Failure is subjective–for some, it comes only once, and it and they use it as an excuse to stop. For others, like myself, I embrace failure, learn from it, and never give up. I try again. And again. And if I’m successful? I do the same thing but better to yield even BETTER results. With each step in your journey comes vital experiences that will shape you as an entrepreneur. I don’t really understand why people live in fear–maybe because it’s easy, but when you set a goal, the only two outcomes are that you either achieve it or you don’t. My advice? Go big or go home(less).

Secondly, I don’t really like answering to other people. Anyone who knows me can attest to that. As an entrepreneur, no one but myself is around to tell me what to do, or when to work. I can comfortably choose my own schedule and the projects I take on. I can take as many lunch breaks as I want and nobody is there to stop me. If that’s not heaven, then I don’t know what is! Conversely, I am also accountable for my own mistakes, and can’t blame anyone else–I find gratification in that, I’m not sure why, but when I find out I’ll come back to you.

Third, the pressure is what keeps me going. Most people see failure as defeat. They fall and stay down, assuming that life just isn’t on their side. But what they fail to see is that you MAKE your future — you literally get to decide upon your actions in order to attain a particular end goal. On the flip side, if one idea or project keeps failing, then scrap it! Move on, find something worthwhile to invest your time. Personally, I see failure as competition. I’m always competing with myself and the content I produce to create masterpieces. No deposit? No return. It’s in your best interest to invest in yourself — need I say more?

The next reason is the excitement that comes along with completing a project and getting positive results. Few things in this life beat the feeling of satisfaction and excitement when you’ve reached your goal and prove to yourself your capabilities. Being able to represent a company, a brand and, knowing that it’s all ME, is what I live for.

The fifth reason is an obvious one: I am my own boss. And that’s that.

Last, but certainly not least, is the most rewarding factor of them all: Money. I want to be clear that I don’t want to become Scrooge McDuck and sit on a mint; I want to continue to see the world, go on adventures across the ocean, provide nice things for my family and take them on vacations. I want to enjoy the fruits of my labour which comes at a cost. Money puts freedom within arms reach, and more money places it in the palm of your hand. Freedom brings happiness, and no other career path can make it as accessible as entrepreneurship. Find what you love and let it kill you.


Chris A. Hughes