I have been in the business of helping entrepreneurs for many years now and I think it is time to take a stand against a lot of those so called gurus who make us believe that money is the only measurement that counts when it comes to success. This kind of preaching is the main reason why so many people never make it (or believe they don’t). Whatever that means to each of them.
Today’s common idea of success is to find a good sellable product, pitch it to a few money-heavy investors, get 50.000.000 Dollars funding, work hard for 2-5 years and sell the whole thing for 50.000.000.000 Dollars.
Now you are a multimillionaire and you can do what you want.
In my experience around 80-90% of all entrepreneurs see this as their dream scenario. This is of course pushed by the big guys selling you all these great stories how to make millions in a few years, showing off the millions they made themselves. And of course all of this is based on a great cause. Either they had some out of world experience or they feel they are the saviours to all of us and that’s why their whole life changed and ours should too.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that they’re telling lies, but most of them assume that the only reason we live is to make money. This is like a lottery winner creating an ad calling everyone to become a lottery winner too by playing the lottery. This does not make for more winners (maybe very marginal). The chance of winning hardly changes.
For me money is a measurement. It’s like a scale that measures pounds. For you personally you might want to loose some weight, so the pounds showing on the scale are important, but the pounds in itself have no value. At the end only the reason why you want to loose weight is what counts, not the number on the scale.
Most entrepreneurs today don’t get (or lost) the reason why they want to make the money. For most is goes as far as making money and the rest will happen when they got it. If that is the case then how do they know how much money they need? How do they know if they have been successful?
What is wrong with having fun doing the things you like to do?
Find the things you enjoy most and make the money you need to do it.
Life is too short just to make money!