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Always Keep a Long-Term Chip on Your Shoulder

In the world of entrepreneurship, there’s something driving every entrepreneur to perform their best around the clock. We do not do what we do for fun and games, we all have a different motivation pushing us to accomplish what we want to accomplish.

Every entrepreneur has a chip on their shoulder.

If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be up during the early hours of the morning working, spending our money on business instead of alcohol and devoting our lives to our craft. These are the sacrifices we make because of that chip on our shoulder.

Speaking about the aforementioned chip, there’s something you should know about it. That “chip” should be on your shoulder for the long haul. If it’s something that can be brushed off your shoulder (shout-out HOV), it’s only temporary and therefore the motivation won’t last.

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That chip could be something along the lines of proving to your parents you can start a successful business, own a penthouse in the city or become a multi-millionaire by 40. That way, you won’t wake up one day without motivation. Our man Gary Vee’s chip is buying the New York Jets. Since it’s long-term, he’ll always have motivation to fall back on if he’s feeling lazy…yes, we know that Gary is never lazy!

Sure, you can compile a bunch of short-term chips on your shoulder to keep you motivated, but it’s more work. Why focus on “chips” like reaching 1,000 followers, losing 30 pounds or moving out of your mom’s house when you’ll just need a new one anyway? I get that there’s a sense of accomplishment but it shouldn’t be your main motivation, leave that for the long-term chips.

It’s impossible to work as hard as entrepreneurs work if you’re not working for something or motivated by something. You need these things to succeed unless your idea of success is too easy. You know what chips you have on your shoulder, focus on the long-term ones and use the short ones to give you boosts of confidence.


The Owner of Proprietor Lifestyle, Steven is an entrepreneur from New York. He's in an abusive relationship with the New York Knicks and is always looking to connect with other like-minded millennials.

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