Do you regret leaving your job to try to be an entrepreneur?

Updated on : December 6, 2021 by Hayden Gibson



Do you regret leaving your job to try to be an entrepreneur?

I am one of the group you are talking about. I worked for 9 years.

Then I stopped and started. And he moved from there. And starting over.

I'd be lying if I didn't talk about how depressed I can be at times. I would not suggest starting to anyone, my children, my friends, not even my enemy. Well, actually I might suggest it to my enemies.

I regret it every day.

Start-up is a way of life. As government employees. As an IT sector. Like vegetable sellers. It is a way of life in which people try to achieve something money, impact, fame through certain processes and methods.

But that it does

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I am one of the group you are talking about. I worked for 9 years.

Then I stopped and started. And he moved from there. And starting over.

I'd be lying if I didn't talk about how depressed I can be at times. I would not suggest starting to anyone, my children, my friends, not even my enemy. Well, actually I might suggest it to my enemies.

I regret it every day.

Start-up is a way of life. As government employees. As an IT sector. Like vegetable sellers. It is a way of life in which people try to achieve something money, impact, fame through certain processes and methods.

But what gets you interested in or trying something in entrepreneurship doesn't have to be the same reasons that make you stick around and try to keep doing it forever.

Life evolves, your reasons and your way of reasoning change, what you are looking for in life and from life changes as you age. Your concept of what happiness is will change dramatically. Not just the startup, even ancient systems like marriage face the consequences of this evolution within you. Marriages break up. Relationships will be on the boil. You will have half your life, a quarter of your life, half your life, and the entire crisis of life, all the time.

For me, entrepreneurship is an active way of living my life. It's about dealing and struggling with each and every aspect of business and life which keeps me intrigued and forces me to get up early and struggle through the day. It makes me question all the assumptions and beliefs I have about myself and this world. It makes me try things that I would never have done otherwise, like writing, photographing, teaching, consulting, designing, coding, speaking. Or the mental shackles I have broken, such as being brash, survival mentality, being open, showing pain in my work, taking wicked pleasure in fighting, and practicing stoicism. I feel more life in me than ever before at least as far as I can remember

I understand myself better. I understand others better. I understand this world better. More than anything, I understand how much there is in the world to understand. Every day I am honored by what I discover from my learnings.

Entrepreneurship is like marriage. You can think about it. You can dream about it. You can fantasize about it. Or you may deeply question its relevance to you and your life. You can read all you want. You won't know anything about it until you really get into life.

You have to understand the motivation of the world around you to promote something. In all places of the media, people talk about business creation and entrepreneurship without realizing how much business entrepreneurs lose in this glorified world. Stable relationships, secure life, a cozy relationship to snuggle into, a feeling of relaxation in the mind, an unhindered sleep.

Yes, I regret my decision at all times.

We, as people of the world, have a tendency to glorify systems and then feel the absurdity of it. Whether it's marriages, our capitalist world, corporate culture, now entrepreneurship, all of our systems show us hope at first. Hope to free ourselves from the prisons of our current life. I hope to break the cage and fly. Only when you fly out of the cage will you know that you will have to fight against hawks and eagles and spend all your time fighting for your survival.

That is why I do not consider myself an “entrepreneur”. It's just a title. As the Head of Human Resources. It has nothing to do with the real life that people who start out on their own go through. Because really all it feels like is pushing a big rock up a hill, 99% of the time. And the remaining 1% of the time, you feel satisfied to be alive while doing that. That's the 1% that every entrepreneur and entrepreneur and businessman here is looking for.

I regret it every day.

No, I don't regret having started. But for not starting earlier. Long, long before.

Because I would have been much more humble, much happier, much more appreciative, much more helpful, kind, empathetic, and valuable to everyone around me.

No, I am not here to glorify entrepreneurship. I am not here to say that there is only one meaningful life beginning. I'm not saying that working for someone else is stupid and demeaning.

But I used to say and believe in all those things before I started. Now I no longer glorify it unnecessarily. I do not glorify anything in that sense.

I just live.

I've been at this for four years, and it has come with some sacrifices and, looking back, I think it's worth it. I have no excuses. Now I have to work more, although my quality of life has improved much more. For me, it was worth it. I sleep better and have a much more positive life. My experience is that it is not radically different. The key difference is that now I can manage myself, manage my time, my projects, whereas before I had 3 or 4 managers dominating me in a company. The amount of hierarchy in that environment was so demanding that I didn't have much to show for the amount of work.

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I've been at this for four years, and it has come with some sacrifices and, looking back, I think it's worth it. I have no excuses. Now I have to work more, although my quality of life has improved much more. For me, it was worth it. I sleep better and have a much more positive life. My experience is that it is not radically different. The key difference is that now I can manage myself, manage my time, my projects, whereas before I had 3 or 4 managers dominating me in a company. The amount of hierarchy in that environment was so demanding that he didn't have much to show for the amount of work he was doing. Personally, I feel more motivated and rewarded when I take charge of my own work. I respond defensively if someone else tries to take over my work. It's a very psychological thing and I seriously doubt that many will regret taking life into their own hands, if they ever get the chance. I started 4 businesses, the 2nd being the most successful, and between the first and the second I went back to work briefly, and then between the 3rd and 4th I went back to work. The island hopping strategy for me just reaffirms that things are so much better when I'm in the driver's seat. So far for 4 years, I have briefly broke 3 times. The second time it was a bit difficult because it forced me to move. Look back though, I can't say I would have changed just one thing. However, going forward, it's key to have tight control over the trustworthy people you surround yourself with at all times. All it takes is a bad apple to spoil the keg. Another difference is that work changes quickly and I have to change with it. It's like the difference between running and hurdles. If you can overcome obstacles, the reward is better. So don't hesitate, the earlier you start, the better you will feel about it. I started as soon as I could after graduation, which was 5 years out of college. It took me a little time to get the money together.

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