Sometimes you take a leap of faith and your dreams don’t come true. Society has romanticized the notion of being an online entrepreneur. I’ve technically been one since 2009, when I started Financial Samurai. I’m here to say that not everything works out as planned. You often need to commit for at 10 years to see great success.
Leaving a boring job to do your own thing is scary, especially when there’s so much uncertainty int he world today.
There’s nowhere to hide when you’re responsible for everything. At the same time, there’s nothing more rewarding than creating something from nothing. No promotion or raise comes close.
Recently, a reader asked, “What do you think you’d be doing now if FS hadn’t worked out so well for you? Back to the IB grind, real estate tycoon, build a tennis school…other? Might be an interesting article unto itself, I know you’d get at least one interested reader.“
I haven’t thought about this situation since 2012, when I first left my day job. Further, after writing, “Career Or Family: You Only Need To Sacrifice At Most 5 Years Of Your Life,” I definitely won’t be going back to work full-time until 2022, at the earliest.
But this is a good thought experiment to ponder because I’m sure many of you might be wondering what if you took the leap of faith and things don’t work out either.