After a brief adrenaline shot of renewed excitement (maybe the topic of future post), I came across a few interesting quotes on entrepreneurship.
Quote from “The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of American’s Wealthy” excerpt:
About two-thirds of us who are working are self-employed. Interestingly, self-employed people make up less than 20 percent of the workers in America but account for two-thirds of the millionaires. Also, three out of four of us who are self-employed consider ourselves to be entrepreneurs. Most of the others are self-employed professionals, such as doctors and accountants.
Interesting quote from Paul Graham:
So why do I spend so much time thinking about startups? I’ll tell you why. Economically, a startup is best seen not as a way to get rich, but as a way to work faster. You have to make a living, and a startup is a way to get that done quickly, instead of letting it drag on through your whole life. 
We take it for granted most of the time, but human life is fairly miraculous. It is also palpably short. You’re given this marvellous thing, and then poof, it’s taken away. You can see why people invent gods to explain it. But even to people who don’t believe in gods, life commands respect. There are times in most of our lives when the days go by in a blur, and almost everyone has a sense, when this happens, of wasting something precious. As Ben Franklin said, if you love life, don’t waste time, because time is what life is made of.
So no, there’s nothing particularly grand about making money. That’s not what makes startups worth the trouble. What’s important about startups is the speed. By compressing the dull but necessary task of making a living into the smallest possible time, you show respect for life, and there is something grand about that.
So what’s the takeaway here? Well, I guess that depends on your goals. As I personally went through the thought process to go down the path of entrepreneurship, I thought about all the different things I wanted in life and wanted to accomplish. While I can ramble on and on about those thoughts, let’s just say they didn’t involve being stuck at a large corporation. The 2 things that stuck out in my mind:
- I wanted more control over my life and financial well-being.
- At this point in my life, I have the passion and energy to aggressively attack “making a living”. Why spread the working evenly across life? I’d rather try to get the hard lifting out of the way…
I hope everything goes according to plan
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