It is a lot of fun to be an entrepreneur. It is incredibly rewarding. It is exciting. It is a chance to chart your own course. It is an opportunity to build a legacy for and your family. It is a personal challenge. It is an opportunity to create real wealth. It is a learning opportunity.
But from my perspective, the best thing about being an entrepreneur is freedom, one of the most innate sources of satisfaction that we have as humans.
I was talking to one of our franchisees last night over dinner. He is both a franchisee of SafeSplash and a franchisee of a trampoline concept. Prior to becoming a franchisee, he was deeply involved with corporate strategy at Intel (the technology company). He is an incredibly smart and accomplished guy…someone I have a lot of respect for. Growing up in the high tech industry myself, we got talking about career choices and what we both thought about leaving high paying careers in technology to become entrepreneurs. I asked him if he’s happy with his choice to leave the “corporate” world. His response was, “Matt, I’ll never go back to that. I can’t. The freedom and fulfillment I have as an entrepreneur/franchisee and is incomparable. Even if they begged me to come back, I don’t think I could. I’d choke.” I couldn’t agree more.
That said, there are many different ways to become an entrepreneur, but to me, the choices can be characterized by one’s tolerance for risk and the concept of buying vs. building.