For me, entrepreneurship is a game. It’s a game where the odds are heavily stacked against my team and me. As I sit down here on a Saturday afternoon at Starbucks typing out my blog post for Thursday (published today), I realize that I’m doing something unconventional for most. It’s all for the love of the game.
This morning, I played a good, healthy game of pick-up soccer with friends. This afternoon, I challenged my mind in a more mindful way with meditation. Tomorrow morning, I will go to the gym and grimace and fight against some iron. Other than that, I’ll likely get a good bit of “work” in. I put work in quotes because to me, it’s actually a game, a sport for my mind.
I’ve chosen this life to work at a startup, to be entrepreneurial, to read and to write because I love the challenge of it all. These challenges are like sports, but for my mind.
As it pertains to Entrepreneurial Ninja (this blog), it’s my way of learning and teaching myself. The competitive aspect is to be a better self – to always learn and improve. It’s to be consistent. I’m playing against, perhaps, my favorite opponent – myself.
I love challenging myself to do things I found uncomfortable years before. I love saying that I’m building a new sales process or creating the new marketing strategy on a day and an hour where others aren’t. I love getting up to work out early in the morning or go lift even when sick because I know most others wouldn’t, and I aim to be the best.
So, today in this startup, I consider this all a game. I want to win. Stats say 90% of startups won’t be “successful”, but I love that, too. I love looking into the mirror, and saying, “look at what I’m about to do”. I’ve come here to win with my team. I’ve come here to build something great. Yes, there’s the mission to provide jobs for others and to create a loved brand, but make no mistake – I love playing the game… love for the entrepreneurial game.
Why are you doing what you do?