So – here I am – at 3 in the blessed AM – somewhere in my second month of pinteresting, blogging, tweeting, networking, building social connection points – being social – talking business – setting up deals – designing, designing, designing – and, in general, moving toward my goal of launching Epic in October. All this – and I’m deep in debt from the costs of starting Epic, with the world pressing down on me, plagued by self doubt, and worried about product quality, reputation, production, functionality, translation, needs, wants, desires, etc. Why am I doing this?
I sit here and think about how much my family and I have changed. We’ve stopped going out. No movies. No restaurants. No ordering in. My kids aren’t getting the toys they want, or the clothes they want, or to do the fun things they want to do, because we’re sacrificing everything to make this company come to life. This is my life – and it looks like it will be for at least the next two years. Wow – years. My poor kids. And my poor wife.
I hope people remember this. I hope if I do make it to the big show, that people look at me and say “He earned that! He worked 20 hour days for 2 years, risked everything he had, and gambled it all on an 8% chance of success!” I must be insane. To put myself and my family through this. You know, I’d kill to have a night off – to have all that money back – to not have all this doubt and fear and worry – and to just come home from my day job and just worry about that job. Then – on the news – I still see people angry about the “unfairness” of business owners having so much more than other people.
Where did this belief come from that business owners don’t deserve the wealth they have? People win millions and millions in lotteries, yet they’re treated better than the guy or gal that went out and EARNED their fortune. Why is that?
It’s incredibly difficult to start and grow a company to a size where the owners are tripping over cash. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. I hope you’re beginning to see how much effort it takes. I hope you understand just how much you have to sacrifice to get there. And I hope you understand just how much sleep business owners lose every night, worrying about global markets and competitors nipping at your heels day in and day out – wondering if or when a competitor will swoop in and deliver your death blow – where you would lose everything. And I do mean everything – House – Car – Jewelry – Furniture – EVERYTHING. Usually – it’s all pledged to the bank as collateral against business loans. It’s sickening what you have to pay – what you have to sacrifice – and what people never see.
Look at Mark Zuckerberg. Not the best example, I know, but look at what it cost him to make it to the top. He worked his butt off to get into Harvard. Did you work that hard in school? He studied his brains out, got the best grades, learned the internet and computing like the back of his hand, and drove himself all the way to the top. He’s a clear expert in his field. He worked so hard on facebook, that he sacrificed his Harvard education! Think about that – Mark RISKED the LOSS of a HARVARD EDUCATION to pursue his DREAM of facebook! Do you think he didn’t lay awake at night worrying about the choices he was making?! And regardless of where the idea for facebook came from, Mark set himself up to be in a position to take advantage of opportunity. So – when did Mark earn his wealth? His whole life. He sacrifice his free time to earn his way into Harvard. He sacrificed his dream of being a Harvard grad. And he sacrificed his own blood, sweat, and tears in the daily grind to build facebook up to where it is today.
So – next time you’re feeling envious of what a business owner has, and that anger starts creeping into your heart, remember this message I’m sharing with you now. Remember the sacrifice it takes to get to where these people are. And, most importantly, remember that you have just as much right, opportunity, and ability to work and sacrifice your way to the top.
So – why is there such a gap in wealth between the rich and poor? The answer is: Very few people are willing to pay the REAL price of what it takes to reach the top.
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Epic launches in October!
Epic Business Humor:
A CEO, his VP of Sales, a Priest, a Super Model and her Mom are all sharing a private rail car in a train. The train goes through a tunnel, and the rail car goes completely dark. Suddenly there is a loud KISS sound – immediately followed by a loud SLAP! The train comes out of the tunnel and light floods the car. Everyone looks perplexed as to what happened! Especially the CEO!…who has a glowing red handprint on his face! The Super Model’s mom looks from the CEO, to her daughter, then back at the CEO. She screams at him, “Serves you right! Stealing a kiss when the lights are out!” The CEO rubs his cheek, and looks more confused than ever! “Mam, I assure you! I would never do such a thing!” The Priest is mortified! “Sir! That is highly inappropriate behavior!” The VP of Sales looks disapprovingly at his boss. But before any more talk can occur, the train goes through another tunnel. Once again, the car goes pitch black. And again, a loud KISS sound is heard, immediately followed by another loud SLAP! The train leaves the tunnel and light floods back into the car. The CEO is now on the floor! His other cheek is bright red! The Super Model is pulled out of her seat by her mom! “Come on dear, we’re leaving this pig!” They storm out! The Priest frowns at the CEO: “Poor manners, my son, very poor manners!” The CEO looks astonished! “Me?! I didn’t do anything! I was just sitting here minding my own…” Once again, the train goes through another tunnel. Pitch black! KISS! SLAP! THEN – When light floods back into the car, the CEO is out cold! The Priest looks astonished at the VP of Sales! “He didn’t kiss me! Did he kiss you!?” The VP of sales rubs his hand. He looks at the priest, makes ANOTHER loud KISS sound – the same we’ve been hearing the whole time – and kicks the CEO hard! “No, he didn’t kiss me, but I sure hit him! He switched me from a high commission structure to a much lower salary! I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity!”