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Apr 10th, 2024 Share: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn

Living the Dream. Nightmares are dreams too.

The Lie of the Entrepreneurial Dream

Ah, the glamorous life of an entrepreneur. Private jets, lavish parties, changing the world in a hoodie. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, right?

Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but that’s a load of crap. The real entrepreneurial journey is less “champaign wishes and caviar dreams” and more “lukewarm coffee and cold sweats at 3am.” It’s a gritty, messy, nightmare-fueled rollercoaster. And you know what? That’s precisely how it should be.

The Myth of Overnight Success

We love a good overnight success story. Some wunderkind drops out of college, writes a few lines of code, and BAM - they’re gracing the cover of Forbes. But here’s the thing: that narrative is about as real as a unicorn driving a flying Tesla.

In reality, entrepreneurship is a long game. It’s countless hours toiling away on something most people think is crazy. It’s failing, repeatedly, and finding the grit to get back up. It’s realizing that “overnight success” is usually the result of years of blood, sweat, and tears. Glamorous? Hardly. But it’s the truth.

Nightmares: The Unlikely Fuel of Innovation

So why put yourself through the wringer? Why endure the nightmares that come with building something from nothing? Because those nightmares are where the magic happens.

Every groundbreaking innovation, every world-changing idea, was once just a crazy dream. The Wright brothers were mocked for believing humans could fly. People thought Edison had lost his mind for wanting to harness electricity. And let’s not forget how many times Steve Jobs was called a lunatic.

But here’s the secret: those nightmares, those moments of doubt and fear, are what separate the dreamers from the doers. Embracing the nightmares means you’re willing to push past the naysayers and make your crazy vision a reality. It means you have the audacity to believe you can change the world.

The Beauty in the Struggle

So if you’re an entrepreneur in the trenches, take heart. Those long nights, those gut-wrenching setbacks, those “what the hell am I doing” moments - that’s the stuff greatness is made of.

Embrace the nightmares. Revel in the struggle. Because at the end of the day, you’re not just living the dream - you’re forging a legacy. And that, my friends, is worth every terrifying, exhilarating moment.

So buckle up and enjoy the ride. It’s time to make your wildest nightmares come true.

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