If I hear one more entrepreneur complain I’m going to puke

Stop your complaining.

Starting a business is hard.  There’s tons of stuff you don’t know how to do, and often, you don’t even know that you don’t know how to do it, because you don’t know that you have to do it.  You have to put yourself “out there”, expose your mistakes, your ugly UI, your unproven business model.  You have to get up in front of investors who criticize your idea, your execution, your plan, and you (you!).  You’re scared of customers but love users (nameless, faceless) because they don’t tell you that you suck (or only tell you by email).  You work a lot.

Well guess what?  You’re a whiny bum.  You read too much techcrunch.  You think your life sucks?  Shut up.

Instead why don’t you try:

  • being an actor
  • working at a call centre
  • working retail
  • picking up garbage
  • filling out forms all day
  • writing grant proposals
  • being an artist
  • being your friend husband / wife / girlfriend / boyfriend / parents having to listen to you bitch about your hard life while they work a real job

Those are all tough things too.  Lots of people work long hours.  Lots of people don’t make a lot of money.  Lots of people have “JOBS” that suck.

The difference is that you get to build your dream.  You get to wake up every morning trying to figure out how to create something important that people will love.  We live in an awesome time in history where you won’t starve, you have somewhere to live and sleep, and you can pursue your dreams with (in real terms) no real sacrifice… except it’s “hard work”.

So stop complaining, try harder, put yourself out there and make shit happen.

Oh, and read this – it will give you extra motivation.

(photo credit: Scott Lake as a baby)


If you read this post, add a comment below with one of the following types of comments:

- yeah, I know an entrepreneur and I’m tired of hearing them bitch
- I’m an entrepreneur and I’m  going to stop bitching
- I’m an entrepreneur and I think you’re full of crap
- you just wasted 5 minutes of my life and that makes me angry

By Scott Annan

15 Responses to “If I hear one more entrepreneur complain I’m going to puke”

  1. Nick Aitken  on February 24th, 2011

    The people that bitch about being their own boss were the same people bitching about their real job. Bitching about their boss and how they’d do it different, bigger, better, faster.

    Some people are just wired that way but if you’re afraid of hard work, late hours and disapponent then get out of the way.

  2. Francis Moran  on February 24th, 2011

    I think this post may have had its genesis in a conversation Scott and I had Tuesday.

    We both know we can’t be anything else but entrepreneurs because the only alternative is to get a J-O-B!

    And that would kill us.

    So no whining allowed.

  3. Scott Lake  on February 24th, 2011

    Hey that kid doesn’t even look like me.

  4. tareqismail  on February 24th, 2011

    Beautifully said :)

  5. Justin Kozuch  on February 24th, 2011

    I *love* this post. Thank you for publishing this, Scott.

    It’s amazing how many entrepreneurs (and in some cases, “entrepreneurs”) I hear complain about having to work long hours.

    Funny thing about building a business from the ground up. Success doesn’t happen overnight, as much as we would love it to happen. That kind of success comes from giving 110% every single day, and even then, there are no guarantees.

    However, I think you nailed this post on the head with this:

    “You’re scared of customers but love users (nameless, faceless) because they don’t tell you that you suck (or only tell you by email).”

    I’ve seen this behaviour exhibited by a number of startups. What amazes me is that quite a few of them will actually be offended if you’re even slightly critical of what they’re doing, while being content with being told they’re “awesome”. This isn’t a user problem, this is a lack of business experience problem, among other things.

    If you’re an entrepreneur, get used to people who are critical of your work, or don’t understand what you do, or, or or. As an entrepreneur, it’s your responsibility to learn how to communicate properly what your company does, its value proposition and also how to work with those who are critical of your work in order to turn them into brand champions instead of letting them be brand critics.

    Then again, I’m not an entrepreneur, I just play one on the Internet. ;)

  6. Scott Annan  on February 25th, 2011

    Great comments Justin. It’s tough being an entrepreneur (even if you just play one on the internet), but also very fulfilling. Thanks for the comment!

  7. allan isfan  on February 25th, 2011


    Don’t you have anything better to do than whine about people whining?

    People aren’t to recognize themselves in this anyway … for all I know, you’re talking about me and I could say “right on Scott, nailed it … those whiny start-up guys … seriously annoying”.

    No one thinks they suck.

  8. Scott Annan  on February 25th, 2011

    Allan – I disagree, we all think we suck sometimes… and I’ve had several discussions over the last week with people who think that very much.

    Trying to remind people (incl. myself!) that they (we!) don’t suck, doing hard things is hard, and we’re not alone in trying to do things that are dull or seemingly impossible.

    Time to whine? you bet!

  9. Justin Kozuch  on February 25th, 2011

    Thanks, Scott. To your point of entrepreneurship being hard, I couldn’t agree more.

    I think Snoop Dogg summed it up quite eloquently when he said: “Pimpin’ ain’t easy”. Building a business is *hard* work and any budding entrepreneur needs to be aware of that before jumping into any venture.

  10. ISayChap  on February 26th, 2011

    Hey, thanks for putting this up. Sometimes we just get carried away it seems, though we started in the first place,just because we hated what we had/doing.

    I will stop complaining/whining


  11. Chris Schmitt  on February 27th, 2011

    I just wasted 10 (not 5) mins of my life I’ll never get back again – but you are completely right. I read this blog rather then focusing on the hard work I need to do to build a business. Enough said.

  12. Marc-André Plouffe  on March 1st, 2011

    Well said.

    I suggest reading “Business isn’t fun” from Neil Patel.


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