It’s not often I read something that makes me say, “damn!”
Justine Musk, ex-wife of billionaire, Elon Musk, responded to the following question,“Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in all the necessary work required?”
Not only does she say the question is all wrong, but her answer stopped me dead in my tracks.
Determination and hard work aren’t enough
Her answer was simply, “no.”
Then she asks this question:
You’re determined. So what? You haven’t been racing naked through shark-infested waters yet. Will you be just as determined when you wash up on some deserted island, disoriented and bloody and ragged and beaten and staring into the horizon with no sign of rescue?”
When I read that, all I could say is, “dayum!”
That analogy is awesome. I put it this way though:
Being an entrepreneur is like getting up every day, opening the door at both ends of a full lion cage, and running through it as fast as you can wearing nothing but pork-chop underwear. Over and over again.
All. Day. Long.
At least that’s been my experience.
And that last part about being disoriented and bloodied and staring at the horizon? I put it this way:
I’ve stared into the abyss with no answers. Only questions.
Courage and luck
Then Justine wraps up her comments by saying the following:
Have courage. (You will need it.)
And good luck. (You’ll need that too.)
Ha. I’d love to meet this woman and buy her an amazing cocktail.
What has your entrepreneurial experience been?
Take a second to read the few paragraphs of the full article here.
What has your entrepreneurial journey been like? Has it been easy? Or do you do the shark-pork chop-underwear thing everyday?
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