Imagine all the benefits you could enjoy from being an entrepreneur.

If laying on the sofa in your PJs with a family size bag of chips came to mind when you read that then you may have the wrong idea. Entrepreneurship isn’t about doing what you want when you want, how you want. In fact, especially at the beginning, it is actually the opposite. Entrepreneurship is about doing what you don’t want (working really hard when you’d rather relax) when you don’t want (sometimes early, sometimes late), and how you don’t want (alone, strapped for capital, balancing life and work).

It’s not that way forever. But real entrepreneurs, not the ones who quit their jobs to do online surveys for 10 cents an hour, but serious professionals, have a lot of hard work in the beginning stages of building their dreams.

But the truth is that it is worth it! Every struggle. Every frustration. Every setback. Being an entrepreneur is one of the best experiences of a lifetime. But wait. What’s so wonderful about the reality of it all we just described above? The truth is that it is that exact reality, the difficulty of the experience, that makes it worth every moment.

In fact, there are 2 reasons why entrepreneurship is worth all the effort. Let’s explore each one together.

1. You Grow in Areas You Didn’t Even Know Existed

When people start new exercise routines, they hurt in muscles they didn’t even know they have. Entrepreneurs launch out into their dreams thinking they are fully prepared. Most of them doing so after reading about some 18-year-old who decided to ditch college at the last minute and is now making $25,000 a month using some app on an iPhone.

Although that does happen occasionally, it’s not the norm. (And although every entrepreneur thinks (s)he will be the “not the norm” scenario, reality usually doesn’t work in their favor.) But that’s a good thing. It’s the first benefit of being an entrepreneur. Because at that point, reality forces you to change – it forces you to grow in areas you didn’t even know you were weak in.

For example, are you disciplined? Are you a good time manager? It’s easy to think so when you have to be at work at 8:00 because your boss will fire you if you don’t. But when you don’t have to be at work, you get to be at work because you are an entrepreneur, you probably will learn that you aren’t as disciplined as you thought.

Here’s the good news. Your weakness was able to hide behind the banner of average. Many people go to work on time and have a boss making sure they do. Few people, however, go at it alone and take the route of the entrepreneur though. And when you take that road, you realize that you have growing to do in areas that were once hidden.

That’s just one example of many. Ultimately, entrepreneurship will force you to grow. Because if you don’t you will end up back at a job you hate. This road isn’t for the weak or for the easily defeated. It forces you to change. And if you do, you will see tremendous benefits in both your professional and personal life.

2. You Live a Challenge, Every Day

It’s easy to slack when you will get a paycheck at the end of the month regardless of how you perform. But you feel a sense of pressure when you will either get a paycheck or get a loan from a friend to survive that month if based on whether you perform or not. The strain of balancing work and life when you work from home is a consistent challenge. Having to deal with a growing business, growing budgets, more customers, etc. adds more pressure to the mix. And that is the beauty of it all! You don’t go to the same boring activity with the same mediocre pressure. You ride the waves when you become an entrepreneur.

Some days are easier than others. Other days make you wish for those easy ones. But the thrill of living a challenging day in and day out sparks life inside of you every morning. You want to get up and conquer the day. You want to be challenged. Because deep down, you want to succeed. And that is why you are an entrepreneur in the first place!

Final Thoughts

All in all, entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart. It isn’t easy, but it isn’t without its rewards. Entrepreneurs grow in so many ways that the pains of growing pale dim in comparison to the growth that occurs over time. We thrive in life because we are challenged every day. This keeps us both stimulated and motivated.

Real entrepreneurs see benefits, not setbacks. We see growth and challenges as opportunities, not obstacles. And that is why we are entrepreneurs in the first place!

Hearing from you and how we can be a part of your journey would be exciting. Feel free to contact us about how we can join your experience.

David Michael Gilbertson is the founder and president of 3 Elements Lifestyle, LLC., a Fitness and Weight Loss company that specializes in YOU!. With more than 15 years of experience owning, operating and managing clubs of all sizes, David lectures, delivers seminars and gives workshops on the practical skills required to successfully help you with your health and fitness goals. David also helps you build the teamwork, management, and training necessary to open your own fitness center. For more information on Licensing and Consulting Services Visit his Web site at www.3elementslifestyle.com or email at daveg@3elementslifestyle.com or call 805.499.3030

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