Whether to have one or not can be one of the toughest decisions ever
As an entrepreneur, deciding to quit your job that you live off of, borrow money and start something without knowing the outcome can be challenging. It is a risky bet. You take off your safety net and jump off the cliff hoping to build your jet before you fall down. Same goes with having a baby. Do you have the right partner? Can you commit towards providing them with a decent life, food, education? All these are tough questions you face before making taking that critical step.
It takes up all your time and energy
At your initial stages, you need to be at the office all day; sleeping/showering/eating all while hoping to improve your product/service. It requires crazy schedules. You can’t let someone else do things instead of you because they might not do it exactly the way you want it. Your baby wants your time and attention consistently; you can’t leave it for more than a few hours. Feeding, washing, changing diapers, all are things that need to be done continuously. At the same time, you would always prefer to do these tasks yourself; to be there for you child in times of need instead of tossing it to a nanny or the neighbors.
You love it and can’t let go
Your startup is something you love, it’s always on your mind, everything you do is related to it, and you are willing to do anything to keep it going. You always think it is the best thing in the world and you are ready to fight for it. Your baby isn’t any different, it’s yours, and it’s your love, the center of your life.
You want it to grow as fast as possible
You don’t want it to be a startup forever, you look forward to the day when it makes profit, grows and creates a difference in the world for you and others. You don’t want to keep raising a baby forever either, you want it to grow, get the best education, become self-reliant, important, famous and have a great legacy you can be proud of.
You always talk about it
Entrepreneurs are like new parents, all they talk about is their startup/baby. An entrepreneur keeps talking about how the startup is great, its value, hiring spree, culture, ideas, projects etc… Likewise, a new parent keeps talking about their baby: it smiles, it’s walking, speaking, messing around etc… They both give us pride, and we always want to brag about them!
It’s risky, but rewarding
Whether you decide you want to have a baby or build a company, you know what you are getting yourself into: risk! At the same time, we know that the higher the risks, the higher the rewards. All the hours of work, meetings, frustrations, debt, bills, will eventually turn into something great. Your startup will grow, make profit, and start yielding returns. Your baby won’t necessarily pay you back in cash, though it is the satisfaction you get when your baby becomes a successful human being, conquering the world, telling you how great of a parent you are and how you’re the best thing that ever happened to them. That my friends is priceless.
In the end, they are both fun, and will change how you look at the world!
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