Sad. That’s how I feel. I’m still a ten page paper away from complete freedom, but that’s so scary. Complete freedom really means complete responsibility. Once I turn in that ten pager; that’s it. I’m an adult with a college degree who needs to figure her s*** out. If there’s anything that has taught me about responsibility, it’s my entrepreneurial class. One of the reasons I look up to young entrepreneurs is the fact that they are, in almost every sense, free. They set their own schedules, create their own projects and make a living from their passions. What sounds more perfectly free than that?
In reality, what I will take away from my entrepreneurial class is this: It takes total responsibility for yourself to live a free life. Even if you aren’t your own boss, life takes a lot of hard work, grit and facing what you don’t want to do.
Wherever I end up, I am now realizing I will get out of it what I put in. I also want to stop using the term ‘hard work.’ Instead, I will use the term ‘quality work.’ This is another piece of advice I received from the young entrepreneurs in Nebraska. These people do what they love, put a lot of effort into it and never deliver something that’s less than fantastic work. The local entrepreneurs are successful because they’re quality workers.
All in all, this class has taught me a lot about where I envision myself heading. All of the young entrepreneurs I spoke to had similar stories: they always knew they wanted to work for themselves but just didn’t know how or what to do. The rest was just a learning process.
I feel similar to these people. I don’t know if I want my own business yet, but I definitely envision myself working on a small team producing quality work. I can’t wait for my learning process to start. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty. I can’t wait to see an idea I have become a reality.
Who knows where I will end up. That’s really scary. But, from this class I’ve learned that through complete responsibility for yourself, quality work and treating life like a classroom, everything works out for the best.
Cheers to the class of 2013. Can’t wait for one last summer.