I’m worth more!
My two first weeks at a role in a Corporate Fortune 500 company yielded a paycheck with an unexpected amount. In absolute terms, the sum of money was decent – enough to pay my student loans, rent and even a little discretionary splurging on the side. Yet for some reason I felt shortchanged as I counted the hours I actually worked: there was no way to increase my earnings. Additionally, looking at all the taxes, insurance and social security deductions, I believed my value was much more than what I received.
Fast-forward to when I left corporate America to start pursuing my own business ideas. The effort I put forth was mentally, physically and emotionally more intense and time-consuming than any corporate role I’ve been in. Toiling and laboring through uncertainty, and I wasn’t even making a penny.
One day though, when the first trickle of money came in (and trickle is a generous word), I can’t describe the delirious elation I felt! Interestingly enough, if I did calculate my hourly rate in an entrepreneurial venture – I’d be breaking labor laws in every country around the world! And tax deductions, which irked me when I got a corporate paycheck, didn’t even enter the outskirts of my thoughts. All I could think of was how to celebrate the fact that someone finally believed my company’s vision. This irony is an #entrepreneurfail.
The feeling of satisfaction when you get validation for something that is yours alone is unparalleled. Entrepreneurs have an innate need to create, and when there is a sign that the road less taken may be the right one, it means so much more than just a salary.
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