A brief personal history here.
In 2005, I was employed by the John Birch Society as a coordinator for the state of Minnesota and small slivers of the Dakotas. I was hired while I still lived in Washington State, where I had started a small but rewarding business cleaning windows and gutters, power washing, roof cleaning, etc.
I moved to MN (where I grew up) right after Thanksgiving 2004.
Right after Christmas of 2004, I met this girl who lived in Hawaii on Eharmony. Long story short, things got serious between us and we had to decide who was going to move where.
I realized that if I was going to marry this girl, I was going to have to move to Hawaii.
Real big sacrifice, right? We lived in a small apartment that was a 3 minute walk from Kailua Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We got married on Lanikai Beach - the most beautiful beach in the world.
(Here's a photo of us on a beach in Kauai for our 2nd wedding anniversary.)
Ten years after moving away, I've begun to wish I lived in Hawaii again.
But this time, things are a little different. In '05, I was single and could carry all of my earthly belongings in two suitcases and a carryon.
These days, I've got a bit more baggage - in a good way obviously 🙂
Anytime I think about moving back, I think, "But it's so expensive." "It would be so difficult to uproot my family to go there."
But then I thought, "What if I had to move there?"
Like, what if my mom lived there and was diagnosed with terminal cancer?
I certainly wouldn't want to be here in North Carolina while she was living her last days there.
I would do whatever it takes to make it happen. I'd work whatever job I could get. I'd live in the cheapest apartment I could find and drive a $500 beater that can barely make it over the Pali Highway.
My mom is important to me, so I'd do just about anything to make sure I could be near her when she needed me most.
This scenario got me to thinking about us as MusicPreneurs. We think it would be so great to own our own business - but we come up with every excuse under the sun as to why we can't do it.
We don't have enough in our retirement account.
Just one more year on our job, and then we'll be ready to do it.
But what if you absolutely had to do it? Like, there's this fire in your gut that won't allow you to sleep at night unless you're building your business, helping people who struggle with some problem that only you can solve.
You'd do whatever it takes.
You'd live in a van down by the river and park outside McDonald's to use their wifi.
You'd live on turnips and water for months if you had to.
This is the life of an entrepreneur. You have an idea for a business. You tell yourself, "I'm going to go through periods of loneliness, frustration, rejection, and pretty much every negative emotion there is. Should I do this?"
And your answer is, "Hell, yeah."
Is this you? I'll be it is, otherwise you wouldn't be subscribed to this email list.
If it's not you, don't worry. Your time will come when you experience this - and you'll do whatever it takes to be successful.