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Warning: This one might sting any 9-to-5’s out there smashing books on personal growth and spirituality. Wooooosaaaaahhh. Relax.
Don’t bite my head off yet. We all want to “live our best life,” right? In my humble opinion, entrepreneurship is not just the best shortcut, but the only true way to get the most out of your life. Here’s why:
The Benefits of Personal Growth Books
This is how you can become a better you. And I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read books that open and expand your mind. That is not the point here. It’s about giving you a proven path, an ace up your sleeve.
Personal growth books can teach you what to aim for. Confidence, self-esteem, discipline, focus, level-headedness, determination, etc. They can point you in the right direction, and that’s definitely not a bad thing. However, you’re not going to build up grit reading a book, are you? Just like you can’t get your personal trainer to get that extra 10 pounds out of your belly, you can’t build courage without going through some shit.
I have read many books on personal growth and gotten a lot out of them. But it wasn’t until I got started with MavenXmedia that I saw firsthand how each of them felt. I really started understand what each of them meant. Again both helpful. But if I had to choose one, no doubt I’d just go the cheat code route and start a business. Or better yet, read a business strategy book or two and then start a business.
See also: The 7 Gifts of Adopting a Personal Development Mindset
Personal growth books are not empirical. They are theoretical. And you can’t internalize them yet because you don’t have the first-hand experience to trace them back to them. In other words, it just doesn’t stick as much because it hasn’t hit you hard enough emotionally yet.
Why is entrepreneurship the undisputed KING when it comes to becoming the ultimate YOU?
Growth comes from pushing boundaries and adding stress to something. It tests boundaries. It goes just beyond the edge of competence. Get ready for another weightlifting example. Just as you work your muscles to induce hypertrophy and break a sweat, you must work your mind, put yourself under tremendous stress, and burden yourself with immense problems in order to build your mind and the skills you need to “the… to be the best”. She.”
I have found that when I have my back against the wall and seem to have no answers to a problem that needs one, there is always an answer. Being able to find solutions to problems not only boosts your confidence in everyday life, but gives you the confidence to take on bigger and bigger challenges. It’s like a staircase. Climb one by one to reach the top. Try jumping four steps, and that’s how you knock out both of your front teeth. And believe me, I did it – and it doesn’t feel great.
autonomy. We all want it, we all crave it, and we all hate it when it’s taken away from us. For me, this was a massive kickstarter to get into entrepreneurship in the first place. I hated listening to other people bossing me around. It’s definitely not my only drive today, but it’s important not to suppress the urge to go out on your own. That’s not to say you can’t find a job with some decent freedom in it, but are you really free when you have a to-do list someone else assigned you? I do not think so.
I could go on but the last thing I will mention is Capabilities. When you first begin your entrepreneurial journey, you end up donning almost any hat and gaining a ton of skills and specific knowledge (as Naval Ravikant would call it). This specific knowledge is something that cannot be taught. It is the unique sum of all your abilities. Going out on your own requires you to acquire near-master skills in all areas of accounting, marketing, legal, finance, leadership, capitalization, team building, human nature, scaling, and so on and so on. But again, I must emphasize that when I read about these subjects, they only really stuck with me because I had a memory – an experience to tie them to. That made everything stick.
As Confucius wisely said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Doing creates understanding. Seeing (reading) is that Optional Step 1, and doing is mandatory.
See also: 7 Ways Entrepreneurship Helps You Become Better. . . anything
Word of Warning: Be Prepared
It will hurt. A lot of. But you’ll come out on top if you have a rational, optimistic mindset and constantly remind yourself why you’re trying so hard when the weight of the world weighs on you. Everything you’ve been looking for, from self-confidence to self-esteem to discipline, will seem to gradually come.
You will bump into times when you want to quit. That will happen. You will have panic attacks. You will bang your head against the wall to find answers. You might even break some shit. But if you can do it… it’s guaranteed to unlock the BEST for you.
Also see: The Power of Pain to Transform You into Your Best Self