So if we didn’t do it for the wealth and the fame why did we do it?
Our biggest single driver was choice and the fact that running our own business gave us far more choices than working for any large corporate. Combine that with the opportunity to answer the worlds harshest critics (ourselves) and prove that we could not only survive but thrive as entrepreneurs and we had a life changing success.
An example of choice is that whilst (according to my wife) I “work every single day” I get huge flexibility so can often fit in my cycle/swimming training early in the morning take the kids to school help them with their homework and perhaps finish at 1930-2000. Any outstanding work that didn’t involve clients gets reserved for the weekend. For Dan it means he really can relocate to the countryside because he isn’t required to commute to fixed offices every working day. For sure it means he has to travel further when he does have to travel but this the exception not the rule and the advantages for Dan far, far outweigh the disadvantages.
Choice and having the flexibility to choose is what drives us.
Funny thing is that my kids, ex colleagues, friends and even random connections on Linked In often assume that our reasons for leaving were essentially shallow and materialistic! More money, less time spent working and more time golfing and fishing.
Fact is if you are thinking of jacking in your job, investing your redundancy cheque or simply going straight from education into your own business because you believe you will make more cash work less and play far more – 6 years spent living the dream tells me you are going to be sorely disappointed.
Consider the reality that many entrepreneurs fail completely and of those that succeed few achieve this increased earnings/reduced effort outcome and of those that do I bet that wasn’t their driving force for starting the business in the first place. I’m sure Lord Sugar smiles when he looks at his bank balance, but nobody can say he hasn’t worked incredibly hard for it and continues to do so despite being in his 70’s. Why carry on then now he is minted? I strongly suspect it is because he loves it and it isn’t and never really was all about the money…
But on the subject of money…I am still well shy of my target total for my charity fundraising so if you enjoyed this post why not donate a fiver to help educate children in Africa to preserve the precious elephants and rhinos and not shoot them for ivory?