I decided at 14 I was going to be a full-time musician.
Because of this, I knew:
- I’d never have a job.
- I’d never have a salary.
- I’d never have insurance.
- I’d never have a boss.
- I’d have no security - no guarantees.
- Nobody would help me. I’d have to bootstrap everything myself.
- Fighting against apathy and gatekeepers would be a constant struggle.
- I’d have to be one-in-a-million brilliant to achieve this incredibly difficult goal.
But I was psyched about this! This was my dream-come-true scenario. I told everyone I was going to be a successful musician.
And I did. I worked nonstop. I started touring profitably when I was 18. I moved to New York City, and did whatever it takes to make a living as a musician. When I was 27, I bought a house in Woodstock with the money I made touring. I was living the dream.
Someone asked me why I chose the entrepreneur path instead of the 9-5 job mindset.
But everything in that list applies to entrepreneurs, too.
If you decide to start your own company, you’re not going to have a job, boss, or guaranteed income. It’ll be a constant uphill struggle, without help from anyone.
No wonder I fell into being an entrepreneur so naturally.
All those negatives are my dream-come-true scenario.