Dear Entrepreneur,

People often write articles and books on why you should be an entrepreneur—why you should start that business today, but this isn’t going to be one of those. Today, I will be telling you why you shouldn’t be an entrepreneur by highlighting how cold, dark, and lonely the entrepreneurial path is.

1. Entrepreneurship isn’t like Instagram. It’s real life. It’s not often a tale of private jets, fancy meals, Lambos, and lavish vacations. For some, if not many, it’s a soul-crushing rude awakening journey. Some take the “fake it till you make it” to extremes, but in reality, they are facing hair-pulling struggles, deadly pitfalls, and gut-wrenching twisted turns. This is what often happens behind the scenes.

2. Entrepreneurship doesn’t understand the word “weekends” because it doesn’t exist. For many entrepreneurs, there is no day off. If you love taking breaks during the weekend, then entrepreneurship isn’t for you. You never check in by 9 AM and check out by 5 PM. Never. Every single day, hour, and minute, you’re working or thinking about the work that you do. There is no difference between your Mondays and your Saturdays. If you can’t wrap your head around this kind of life, then stay away from entrepreneurship.

With love,