I’d like to think I was a responsible kid. Scratch that. I know I was a responsible kid. I did my chores, did my homework and understood what “no” meant. As I started to be independent, I continued to be responsible, paid my bills on time, cleaned my tiny home, worked hard and saved up.
I thought that was what being responsible meant but lately, I’ve been experiencing a whole level of responsibility and this level is probably what I feared the most before. This is one of the things that held me back from starting something of my own.
We all see a lot of articles about starting your own business. The highs, the lows, the good lifestyle and what really is behind all that. I’ve read and am still reading a ton of them but I just realized that you’ll never get to fully understand it until you are in it.
And I am now. The past 6 months have been a total high and now that things are calming down, I am realizing a lot of things. This new level of responsibility being one of those.
As an entrepreneur, responsibility is no longer just about paying your bills, cleaning up after yourself and working hard. Responsibility is now about making sure you can take care of your team and your clients. It is about looking beyond yourself and trying your best to ensure that you have more than enough to run this company physically, mentally, emotionally and financially when the lows come rolling in.
It will become bigger than you. And it’s scary. And you can try to prepare yourself for it but until you’re in it, you’ll never realize how great of a word responsibility is.
It will never end. It will only grow bigger as you and your business grows. It’s not easy but damn, it is worth it and I am glad my brain and heart was able to push this fear away 6 months ago.
Bring it on.