True, being an entrepreneur can be exhausting, lonely, frustrating and terrifying. But it's worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears when you are pursuing your passion and turning your dream into a reality.
In an ongoing series called Real Entrepreneurs, we pick the brains of founders and leaders about what it is like to have every decision big and small rest on their shoulders and have compiled their thoughts on what it takes to succeed on the long, sometimes crazy journey of an entrepreneur.
"In business, the only thing that is more important than the number is the person."
Daymond "The People's Shark" John. Read the entire interview here.
"The reality is there's an element of risk and luck in anything that you do. But I find that with disciplined risk, you're either winning and succeeding or you're learning. And that's really the foundation to evolving and growing as a business."
"Being an entrepreneur means one word: freedom. I have the ability to chart my own course and pursue what I'm passionate about."
Brandon Webb, former Navy SEAL and head sniper instructor, founder of Hurricane Group, a digital media publishing and e-commerce (subscription box CrateClub) business
"I know that I've got to do my job better and harder than anyone in that building so that everyone there can take care of their families. And that's one of the coolest feelings for me."
Richard Rawlings, owner of Gas Monkey Garage and star of Discovery's Fast N' Loud. Read the entire interview here.
"The word to me is synonymous with ‘hustler.’ As an entrepreneur, you cannot be afraid to put yourself and your ideas out there and figure out how to give them life."
Lisa Barnett, co-founder and CMO of Little Spoon, a fresh, direct-to-your-door baby food company.
"There is joy in the sheer pursuit of our potential — knowing that we are really 'going for it,' working with a sense of urgency, stretching and being fulfilled by our achievements."
Todd Johnson, entrepreneur, mentor and coach. Read the entire interview here.
"Most successful people reflect daily. It gives our brain a chance to pause the chaos with conscious thought of our previous actions and to hopefully derive meaning/learning from those moments! But only if you're honest with yourself!"
"'Fear of failure' is something that shouldn't be in your vocabulary in the military, or entrepreneurship. You need to take calculated risks and not be afraid of setbacks. And in both cases, you need the mindset that I will do whatever it takes to accomplish the mission."
Colin Wayne, Army veteran, fitness model and CEO of Redline Steel. Read the entire interview here.
“Entrepreneurs cross the fine line between crazy and genius.”
Greg Berry, who launched the meal kit company BurgaBox.
"We have to slow down, particularly women who have been taught to overachieve in every single endeavor. They believe they have to be outstanding every single day at being a parent, spouse, and contributor at work. If you are trying to do that, you are going to crash and burn, and very likely not be outstanding at any of it."
Ursula Burns, former CEO and Chair of Xerox, Uber board member and former leader of President Obama's national program on STEM education
"You need to get to a place where you can prosper at your passion. Like I have a couple of artist friends that have a real job and do their art on the side. If their art gets big, they'll do that full-time, but there's no reason to go broke in the meantime."
Monica Beets, Yukon gold miner featured on Discovery's Gold Rush. Read the entire interview here.