In an experience given by Jeff Sandefer, he spoke of sitting in front of a group of entrepreneurs to ask them about what contributed to their success. Among the many things that were born out of that conversation, the one the stood out most to me was the reason many begin their entrepreneurial ventures. Here is the excerpt that really had me thinking:
The used car tycoon agreed, “Entrepreneurial success isn’t about money; it’s about freedom. The goal isn’t to make more than you need, it’s to spend less than you make. Because that way your free time belongs to you.”
Whether I knew it or not, this was the reason that becoming an entrepreneur has become so enticing to me. I've been going to school for 4 years now and have worked the entire time, minus one semester. As my wife and I started our family, I felt sad when I would have to leave them for large chunks of the day only to see them for a half hour or so before leaving for work that evening. I imagine a life where I'm working full time for a company and imagine either being so pressed for time, that I can't see my family grow, or being so drained by the soul sucking work that can so often take over lives, that I wouldn't be able to enjoy the time that I do have with them. In contrast to this grim reality that I paint in my head, the freedom of entrepreneurship excites me.