What It’s Like To Be An Entrepreneur And Startup CEO

Answering a recent question on Quora, Ecquire Founder Paul DeJoe does about the best job of anyone I have ever seen in describing the often misunderstood entrepreneur and Founder/CEO. Here’s some of his roughly 1,200 words…

You start to see that the word “entrepreneur” is a personality.  It’s difficult to talk to your friends that are not risking the same things you are because they are content with not pushing themselves or putting it all out there in the public with the likelihood of failure staring at you everyday.  You start to turn a lot of your conversations with relatives into how they might exploit opportunities for profit.  Those close to you will view your focus as something completely different because they don’t understand.  You don’t blame them.  They can’t understand if they haven’t done it themselves.  It’s why you will gravitate towards other entrepreneurs.  You will find reward in helping other entrepreneurs.  “This is my email:  Let me know if I can help you with anything.”

Your job is to create a vision, a culture, to get the right people on the bus and to inspire.  When you look around at a team that believes in the vision as much as you do and trusts you will do the right thing all the time, it’s a feeling that can’t be explained.  The exponential productivity from great people will always amaze you.  It’s why finding the right team is the most difficult thing you will do but the most important.  This learning will affect your life significantly.  You will not settle for things anymore because you will see what is possible when you hold out for the best and push to find people that are the best.  You don’t have a problem anymore being honest with people about not cutting it.

You start to see that you’re a leader and you have to lead or you can’t be involved with it at all.  You turn down acquisition offers because you need to run the show and you feel like your team is the best in the World and you can do anything with hard work.  Quitting is not an option. 

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