The Power of Sacrifice

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 27, 2013

SacrificeIt’s awesome, I just got my new BMW, booked my 7 day cruise, OH and hired someone to redesign my entire website. Great day right? MAYBE, if all of this wasn’t on my credit card… (Note: I have not done this nor do I recommend anyone else do this!)

When people think of entrepreneurs and business owners they think “Oh wow they have it all money, flexibility, passion, and purpose.” BUT you don’t just start with it all. In the beginning entrepreneurs must make sacrifices if they want to see their business and personal life succeed.

Few tips on the sacrifices worth making:

Ditch the sports car

If your making a $600/month payment on your snazzy little car THINK about how that money could go towards your business. I ditched my BMW and transitioned into a more functional car with lots of cargo space.  If someone doesn’t want to work with me because I don’t drive a nice car they probably aren’t my ideal client.

Do you really need that?

When I started researching all the plugins, software, website builders, SEO optimization,  marketing mailers, I got a little overwhelmed. AND to be honest in the beginning I spent money on things I really didn’t need. Look at your business and ask yourself if this is critical to success.  Do you really need the service that mails people their birthday cards or can you take 2 minutes out of your day and write it yourself?

I do look nice don’t I

You show up to a networking event in your custom suit and you just wait for the compliments. You know they are guaranteed to roll in because you look GOOD.  I have a love for custom suits and jackets but I realized as long as I have a couple of great options to wear for speaking or networking that is ENOUGH. Don’t go all LA girl on me and spend your day blowing through money on the latest fashions.

Soaking up the sun

It seems every human is supposed to take at least 1 vacation a year RIGHT? As an entrepreneur you might be tight on cash and that is okay. Instead of thinking of a vacation as a 7 day trip or a weekend getaway plan “vacation days”.  Plan a relaxation day full of great food, Barnes and Noble, pedicure (yes I am a guy and I do like pedicures), or dinner with friends. Your wallet will thank you and so will your sanity.

Don’t let your friends or family make you feel crazy for opting out of their Florida trip, or skipping out on fine dining once in a while.  YOU ARE AN ENTREPRENEUR. If you want to impact this big world you must make big and small sacrifices. Each time I make a sacrifice I am excited because it reminds me I will do anything to make my dream come true.  ANYTHING.


I don’t normally just give away things, especially my time…. maybe it’s because Christmas is over and I miss giving gifts. LUCKY for you I’m feeling in the mood… AND THINK all you have to do is leave a comment about a sacrifice you have made and why or why not it was worth it.  One winner will be chosen at random.

Joshua R. Schneider is the CEO and founder of Prime3Coaching (, taking businesses and individuals to their #NEXTLEVEL.  Through coaching, consulting, and reality speaking, Josh is creating a #NEXTLEVEL generation.  Gone are the days of just going to work, performing and going home.  The #NEXTLEVEL generation doesn’t just crush it at work; they’ve discovered the need to go to work on themselves too.

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About The Author


Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.

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