What makes an Entrepreneur? Is it something we’re born with or something we pick up along the way. Being an Entrepreneur is difficult. It’s a full-time job. You’re the employer and the employee. You don’t need school, a course, or some certificate. You need an understanding of the base ingredients and the tenacity to go for it.
As we said, it’s difficult, like learning how to cook. First, you need a basic understanding of the appliances, so you don’t burn the place down. Next, you need the right ingredients, what ingredients do you need to become an Entrepreneur? Rosa has been cooking since she was young, started her first business at the age of 20. If you want to build a successful business, you’ll need these key ingredients: Hard Work, Hustle, and Patience
Hard Work is the base ingredient; you won’t build anything if you aren’t willing to put in Hard Work. Work is one thing, anyone can show up but pushing yourself past limit after limit, is different. Be prepared to do Hard Work and then be willing to do some more. There is no substitute for Hard Work; it is one of the best ingredients to have in your meal. Without it, you’re just looking at a TV Dinner.
The Hustle is how you put the meal together. You can go through your whole life without hustling. The thing about cooking is, you can’t rush it, but you also can’t let it cook for too long. When we get pulled in this directional war, it’s easy to do nothing. Doing nothing won’t finish that meal. Now Hustle comes in, you are cooking a full course meal, and you’re the only one in the kitchen. You’re going to have to hustle.
You can’t do everything at once, but you can do something. Hustle is continually working towards that meal; it is progressively making steps to finish, even at the cost of something else. Often it means you’re giving up time, and it says you’re ready to sacrifice something to get to that finish line. The early bird gets the worm, that’s what hustling is. Your dreams become the product of your hustle. It’s not enough to show up, and you must show up and want it.
Alan Watts once said that “Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” Patience is not our ability to wait but our ability to tolerate this wait. Regardless of what it brings us without getting angry or upset. Patience is not the act of something but your grace in that act. It’s easy to wait for something, to wait without letting it affect you in any way, another story entirely.
Patience is a virtue, isn’t just a saying. It is one of the seven heavenly virtues. The world we live in today doesn’t exercise patience. When we order something from Amazon, we can choose same day shipping and receive it that day. You send a text message and will get an almost immediate response. The world we live in is teaching us instant gratification. Patience is the most critical ingredient.
We must teach ourselves grace, that it does not matter whether something happens now or later. Everything happens in its natural course. We are not the masters of the universe, we exist in it. Grace comes from our acceptance of what we can and can’t control. Ultimately not giving any power to the things that we can’t control.
The great news is that we all have these ingredients, or we can acquire them. Hard Work is in all of us, we must find out what drives us. Hustle is the difference between visualizing a dream and reaching it. Patience dares to stand gracefully, the faith to stay committed, and the wisdom to start over.
If you still aren’t sold, please watch this Ted Talk video by Paul Tasner. Paul is 66 years old an Entrepreneur. In the short but funny video, Paul shares his story and reminds us that it’s never too late to chase our dreams.