For awhile now I've been thinking that being an entrepreneur and being content where I am... are total polar opposites.
I mean... an entrepreneur needs to be hungry, always looking to improve and to grow. Especially in the beginning stages, I was never fully satisfied with the amount of work I put in a single day, and that fueled me to work even harder and longer the next day.
And when I did start seeing some success... yeah having several customers is great... but I needed more to build up cash to expand, or to grow my ad budget, or to pay for some servers for the next project.
And even businesses that are super successful, becoming stagnant can breed room for an "Uber" to completely take over the market essentially over night.
So... how can you be always looking to grow and stay hungry... how can you be an entrepreneur... and be content and happy at the same time?
I tried balancing the two by making sure I was in entrepreneur land on the weekdays, and then getting some relaxing and contentment over the weekend.
But for some reason that never felt right to me either. I would almost always feel guilty that I wasn't working over the weekend, because I knew I could be making a difference in my business.
I especially felt this in the early stages of my business when profits were low and me and my wife were eating into savings every single day. I had quit my job to be an entrepreneur full time, and I just felt like I had no right to be "not working", when my wife would be going to the office every single day.
It's much better now, but I still always feel like I could be doing more.
I was left to think that maybe there was no balance between these two things: Entrepreneurship and contentment...
Until one day when I was listening to a Gary Vaynerchuk podcast, ( awesome content and motivation for entrepreneurs if you haven't heard about him yet, he's startling at first, but you get used to him and start to understand him in time ) where he said this, and I'm paraphrasing:
"I'm happy when I'm playing the game!"
He loves the game of business and hustling and grinding so much. His content is in his mindset of always wanted to grow and to improve and to work. The wins don't matter, the losses don't matter, the game is the source of his happiness.
So in other words... The Journey. Loving the Journey, and not the supposed destination.
This could be my answer to the dichotomy of entrepreneurship and happiness...
This also might explain why the entrepreneurs who truly enjoy what they do are the ones who come out on top.
What do you guys think about this? Does anyone else struggle between always being hungry for growth and trying to be content and happy with what you have? Let me know in the comments below.