Staying focused as an entrepreneur

Yesterday, I had lunch with my parents, and we talked about buying real estate and the progression in my career. Part of what I do is create digital content, and part of it is marketing consulting, but my parents don’t really see a lot of it.

No one sees all of the work that an entrepreneur does, except for the people who are directly involved in all aspects of the role.

My mother definitely doesn’t see the whole picture. Yesterday, she remarked, “You used to work hard, but now, you are a little lazy.” My eyes bulged out of my head.

I can’t really blame her because I don’t really talk to her about what I am doing. What she does know is that I do not go into an office every day. What she doesn’t know that I am on track with my business plan because of self-driven effort. She didn’t know, for example, that I completed the first draft of a book on marketing last week.

My mom only knows what she sees, which is that she scoops me up in her white Mercedes every few weeks, takes me out for a nice sushi lunch, and picks up the check. I, her youngest daughter, am the one wearing sunglasses and motion sickness bracelets in her car, assuring her that I’ve got my migraines under control as I grit my teeth and weave back and forth.

My dad seems to see more of the picture. Last night, I received an encouraging email from him typed in Korean, including a section which roughly translates to:

“It is a source of pride to have a writer in the family. Do not worry about being successful. It’s good that you are a writer.”

Words cannot express how much it meant to me to read that. However, success remains on the forefront of my mind. I do not want to be a starving artist. I’m going for something more like Tyler Cowen or Penelope Trunk. I want to live fully and independently. I want to change the world.

I'm cool with it, though. I know that it takes time.

Don't worry if the whole picture isn’t obvious to others. If you know what you are doing, then the most important thing to do is keep your eye on the ball.

Skeptics are to be expected. If you do not encounter skeptics, it means that you are doing something completely normal. If you are doing something completely normal, that means that you aren’t taking any risks, and your rewards will be decreased proportionally.

I know that I am on the right track, and overall, my parents believe in me. They see part of the picture.

It’s hard for anyone but me to see the same exact thing that I see. For now.

I think that when you’re on the right track, it’s easier to brush your shoulders off and keep going. What do you think?