The spirit of hustling is either in you or not. In other words, you either have the gene or you don't. The internet and social media make it seem like being an entrepreneur or self made is for everyone. There are those annoying ass posts/ads attempting to breakdown being your own boss as if it's as easy as clicking a link. I am sorry not sorry, but this lifestyle is not for everyone. I repeat, being an entrepreneur is not for everyone!
Now don't get me wrong, we live in an era where anything is possible. You can achieve what you put your mind to and work relentlessly towards. However this is way easier said than done. Being an entrepreneur is significantly harder than working for someone else. The decision to become an entrepreneur isn't made because the work is easier. Being an entrepreneur is also not a quick money grab. In fact you spend and lose more money being independent than working for someone else. When you are self made you have to hustle non stop until the job gets done. Nobody has to tell you to get up and grind. There isn't somebody there to motivate you like an alarm that wakes you up. That automatic motor has to be in you from the jump. Being an entrepreneur requires an enormous amount of self discipline. If you aren't disciplined then you wont be successful working for yourself.
Nobody taught me how to hustle, I just did it. Of course I had my influences, but nobody said, Kasey you need to create your own stuff and survive off of it. Actually it was the complete opposite. It was drilled in my head to go to college, get a good degree and work for a company with great pay and benefits. This was pushed on me by my mom and society from a very early age. Ever since kindergarten I've had my future falsely mapped out for me.
The only hustlers and entrepreneurs I personally witnessed growing up were the drug dealers. Those were the only people that I saw making good fast money while not having a "traditional" job. But with the drug dealing came consequences. I never experienced the consequences personally but I experienced them vicariously through my family. Every time someone got locked up I felt the pain. I saw all that came with hustling illegally.
Despite the negatives of hustling, I've still been a hustler at heart. I believe hustling is in my blood. My goal was to use that same inherited hustle gene but legally. I sell my creations like drugs. Each sell is a potent flip. Every book I sell stretches past the initial exchange of dollars and product. Each sell leaves a piece of me lingering with the consumer for life. My words give people hope with a burst of positivity similarly to how the mind is relieved after using drugs.
You have to be connected to your hustle. Being an entrepreneur is a skillset that wont be perfected over night. Saying you are self made and actually being self made are two completely different things.
I am all for people living their life as they choose, if you want to be an entrepreneur be an entrepreneur. If you want to want to have a career working for a company, do that. My message is that being self made is hard as hell. It is the hardest job of your life. Never think working for yourself and having your own business is easy. I too used to be a believer in the kumbaya mentality where I sided with the idea that we can all achieve anything.
But as I get deeper and deeper into my businesses I want the younger generations to realize that this lifestyle is not for everyone. Don't jump into the entrepreneur lifestyle if you are not mentally ready for it. If you aren't prepared for the harsh realities of being independent then you will drown or quit. Do your research, practice, do more research, practice and repeat over and over and over again.