Starting a business is like taking care of a newborn. In the beginning, it’s small, it’s defenseless, and it needs lots of attention. You can’t leave it alone, and it must be fed on the regular to grow. And you love it so much that you don’t mind losing sleep tending to it, because you know that what you’re doing now will pay off later. And even though you have no idea what you are doing, you recognize that you can learn. And that life is built off of learning experiences. Day and night you care for it. With time, hard work and lots of love, that adorable business grows bigger, catching the attention of more and more people. And this once tiny, defenseless, starving thing becomes big, strong, and self-sufficient. But for the time being, it’s just your little business that you work on daily, confident that each day it grows a little more.
I’ve never had a child of my own to care for, so I could be completely off the mark with this analogy (for example you would hope that you have a partner to help). I do however own a small business, and am in the process of growing it. And I see the parallels between the desire out of which a business is born, and the desire out of which a baby is born. Both are done out of love in my opinion. And love requires sacrifice for another. You’ve heard the saying do what you love and love what you do. If that rings true for you, then it makes sense that what you created, you also love. Especially when results are not instantaneous; when you have to put in the work every single day. And just like looking at old baby pictures, you’ll look back on this time, and see that all the hard work and lost sleep was worth it.