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by yec

13 Surprisingly Fun Things About Entrepreneurship

Being a startup founder isn’t all about ridiculously long hours or constant concern.

Question: What is one surprisingly fun thing about being an entrepreneur?

Kinship

"When I was a kid, my first car was a Jeep Grand Cherokee and I was always jealous of the Jeep Wrangler drivers who had a special "Wrangler wave" when they passed one another. It's an odd parallel to the way it feels when you meet another entrepreneur. There is an automatic kinship between you which often leads to great relationships and storytelling of ups, downs, tips and warnings."

Versatility in Work Environments

"I love to travel and think that it's incredibly important to have in your life -- it broadens your mind, expands your experiences and ultimately inspires you to create bigger and better products given your newfound understanding of the world. I love the ability to take my company anywhere, and operate from any corner of the globe, without slowing momentum."

My Team

"When I first started working on the idea for Priori, I spent a lot of time alone in my apartment or in coffee shops creating a business plan and trying to get potential advisors or investors to meet with me. In the past year, we've grown from three employees to 10 -- and it's an incredibly satisfying feeling to watch my idea come to life and see my employees buy into my vision for change."

Meeting Great People

"Whether it’s working with my team, meeting potential clients, following up with existing and/or past clients, or networking with business partners, getting to meet and help great people every single day is hands down one of the most fun things about being an entrepreneur."

Unlimited Creativity and Scope

"Being an entrepreneur gives me the potential to come up with and execute on ideas freely, while others might be limited by having to get approval or going through a series of people and procedures. The feeling of having no limits provides a certain freedom that is liberating and fulfilling to have."

Making My Own Schedule

"There’s a psychological benefit of knowing you can take off whenever you want. Even if you work 80 hours a week, it’s nice to know you could run out and get a haircut in the middle of the day without asking anyone's permission. Now if I could only find time to get a haircut!"

Firing Clients

"When I was working at a record label I didn't really have any say on which projects I worked. If it was on the label's roster, I was stuck with that artist and their team, regardless of how terrible the music and/or people. Now, if I get into a project and realize that it just isn't going to work, I can drop that project and still keep my job. That freedom is worth the hard work and long hours."

The Challenge of Doing So Much With So Little

"As an entrepreneur you gain experience in a variety of areas much more quickly than if you worked different jobs in various departments. "

Every Day is Different

"Every day has a whole host of new challenges and you will always learn something new each day.  "

You Get to Be Yourself Without Wearing a Tie Every Day

"As an entrepreneur, you get to set the tone. I love the fact that I can be who I am and not have to wear a tie all the time."

Creating Culture

"As an entrepreneur, I cherish the social aspect of the job. There’s always something new to learn from customers and employees, and being able to create a positive company culture influenced by incredible people is fulfilling. We've all had jobs with toxic, negative environments. I’m glad I was able to break out of those spaces and build a better one for my team and myself."

Figuring Out the Best Solution

"It amazes most people how we entrepreneurs are able to overcome adversity and overwhelm on an almost daily basis. It's so fun commanding my own time despite the hurdles and skyscrapers that appear in my path. Figuring out the best solution to leap over, dig under, go around, or just charge through those roadblocks is very rewarding."

Getting Amazingly Talented People to Believe in Your Vision

"When you’re an entrepreneur, you’re constantly selling your vision, your dream and your company. And you’re trying to get high-level people to believe in you, support you and accompany you. You get the honor of inspiring talented people to come alongside you and build something special together."

by yec

13 Surprisingly Fun Things About Entrepreneurship

Being a startup founder isn’t all about ridiculously long hours or constant concern.

Question: What is one surprisingly fun thing about being an entrepreneur?

Kinship

"When I was a kid, my first car was a Jeep Grand Cherokee and I was always jealous of the Jeep Wrangler drivers who had a special "Wrangler wave" when they passed one another. It's an odd parallel to the way it feels when you meet another entrepreneur. There is an automatic kinship between you which often leads to great relationships and storytelling of ups, downs, tips and warnings."

Versatility in Work Environments

"I love to travel and think that it's incredibly important to have in your life -- it broadens your mind, expands your experiences and ultimately inspires you to create bigger and better products given your newfound understanding of the world. I love the ability to take my company anywhere, and operate from any corner of the globe, without slowing momentum."

My Team

"When I first started working on the idea for Priori, I spent a lot of time alone in my apartment or in coffee shops creating a business plan and trying to get potential advisors or investors to meet with me. In the past year, we've grown from three employees to 10 -- and it's an incredibly satisfying feeling to watch my idea come to life and see my employees buy into my vision for change."

Meeting Great People

"Whether it’s working with my team, meeting potential clients, following up with existing and/or past clients, or networking with business partners, getting to meet and help great people every single day is hands down one of the most fun things about being an entrepreneur."

Unlimited Creativity and Scope

"Being an entrepreneur gives me the potential to come up with and execute on ideas freely, while others might be limited by having to get approval or going through a series of people and procedures. The feeling of having no limits provides a certain freedom that is liberating and fulfilling to have."

Making My Own Schedule

"There’s a psychological benefit of knowing you can take off whenever you want. Even if you work 80 hours a week, it’s nice to know you could run out and get a haircut in the middle of the day without asking anyone's permission. Now if I could only find time to get a haircut!"

Firing Clients

"When I was working at a record label I didn't really have any say on which projects I worked. If it was on the label's roster, I was stuck with that artist and their team, regardless of how terrible the music and/or people. Now, if I get into a project and realize that it just isn't going to work, I can drop that project and still keep my job. That freedom is worth the hard work and long hours."

The Challenge of Doing So Much With So Little

"As an entrepreneur you gain experience in a variety of areas much more quickly than if you worked different jobs in various departments. "

Every Day is Different

"Every day has a whole host of new challenges and you will always learn something new each day.  "

You Get to Be Yourself Without Wearing a Tie Every Day

"As an entrepreneur, you get to set the tone. I love the fact that I can be who I am and not have to wear a tie all the time."

Creating Culture

"As an entrepreneur, I cherish the social aspect of the job. There’s always something new to learn from customers and employees, and being able to create a positive company culture influenced by incredible people is fulfilling. We've all had jobs with toxic, negative environments. I’m glad I was able to break out of those spaces and build a better one for my team and myself."

Figuring Out the Best Solution

"It amazes most people how we entrepreneurs are able to overcome adversity and overwhelm on an almost daily basis. It's so fun commanding my own time despite the hurdles and skyscrapers that appear in my path. Figuring out the best solution to leap over, dig under, go around, or just charge through those roadblocks is very rewarding."

Getting Amazingly Talented People to Believe in Your Vision

"When you’re an entrepreneur, you’re constantly selling your vision, your dream and your company. And you’re trying to get high-level people to believe in you, support you and accompany you. You get the honor of inspiring talented people to come alongside you and build something special together."

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