Why Entrepreneurship Is Better Than Any Self-Growth Book

Why Entrepreneurship Is Better Than Any Self-Growth Book

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Warning: This one might sting for any 9-5 year old who beats books on personal growth and spirituality. Woooooosaaaaahhh. Relax.

Don’t rip my head off just 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 path to maximizing your life. Here’s why:

The benefits of personal development books

You can become a better you by doing it this way. And I’m not saying you shouldn’t read books that open and expand your mind. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about giving you a proven path, an ace in the hole.

Personal growth books can teach you what to look for. Confidence, self-esteem, discipline, concentration, caution, courage, etc. They can point you in the right direction, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. However, you are not going to develop your courage by reading a book, are you? Just like you can’t ask your personal trainer to remove those extra 10 pounds from your gut, you can’t build courage without going through some shit.

I’ve read a lot of personal development books, and learned a lot from them. But it wasn’t until I started MavenXmedia that I saw what each of them felt like firsthand. I really started to understand what each of them meant. Again, both helpful. But if I had to pick one, I would definitely go the cheat code route and start a business. Or better yet, read a business strategy book or two and then start a business.

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The wrong side

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 relate to. That is, it doesn’t stick as much because it hasn’t touched you emotionally enough yet.

Why is entrepreneurship the undisputed ROI for becoming the ultimate YOU?

Growth comes from pushing boundaries and adding stress to something. It’s testing the limits. It just goes beyond the bounds of jurisdiction. Get ready for another example of weightlifting. Just as you strain your muscles to trigger hypertrophy and become bloated, you must stress your mind, subject yourself to immense stress, and burden yourself with immense problems in order to build your mind and the skills you need to “be the best”. “. you.”

I’ve found that when my back is against the wall and I seem to have no answer to a problem that desperately needs it…there always is an answer. Being able to create solutions to problems not only builds confidence in day-to-day life, but it also gives you the confidence to continue taking on bigger and bigger challenges. It’s like stairs. Climb one by one to reach the top. Try jumping four steps, and that’s how you’ll knock out your two front teeth. And believe me, I did – and it doesn’t feel so good.

Autonomy. We all want it, we all crave it, and we all hate it when it’s taken away from us. For me, it was a huge boost to get into entrepreneurship in the first place. I hated listening to others give me orders. It’s certainly not the only driving force for me these days, but it’s important not to suppress that urge to go out alone. That’s not to say you can’t find a job with some decent freedom, but are you really free if you have a to-do list someone else has assigned you? I do not think so.

I could go on, but the last one I will mention is skill sets. When you start your entrepreneurial journey, you end up wearing almost all hats and accumulating a lot of specific skills and knowledge (as Naval Ravikant would call it). This specific knowledge is something that cannot be taught. It is the unique sum of all your skills. Going out alone requires you to acquire near-mastery skills in everything from accounting, marketing, legal, finance, leadership, capitalization, team building, human nature, scaling and so on. But again, I have to point out that when reading these topics, they really only stuck because I had a memory – an experience to relate it to. That’s what made everything stick.

As Confucius wisely said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Doing brings understanding. See (read) is the optional step 1, and do is mandatory.

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Word of Warning: Be Prepared

It will hurt. A lot. But you’ll come out on top if you have a rational, optimistic mindset and constantly remind yourself of why you’re pushing yourself so hard when the weight of the world weighs on you. Everything you seek, from confidence to self-esteem to discipline, will seem to fall into place one by one.

You are going to come across times when you want to quit. It will happen. You will have panic attacks. You will bang your head against the wall trying to find answers. You might even break some shit. But if you can do it… it’s guaranteed to unlock the BEST of you.

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