Well it's true. Growing up as an entrepreneur is not an easy thing to do! You fail - although I hardly prefer the word "experience" -, you learn, you success, you learn, and then you fail again, success again and learn again. Until you understand you often deal with great paradoxes.
1. Just Do It VS. Think Different
The first mistake you've made when you start your own business, is to think you can and you will succeed in doing everything. It's your "Just do it" mojo! Hard to be an entrepreneur without being a go-getter. You want to choose from the most important point of your strategy to the color of your pencil holder, slowly transforming yourself into a complete control freak!
Then you realize you can't survive without the help of others. You can't possibly become an expert in everything. You're a good designer, fine, that doesn't make you a good accountant. You're a good strategist, fine, that doesn't make you a good lawyer. These experts around you will push you to explore your "Think different" mojo and give you another angle on things. They will guide you.
Don't take things for granted! Learn everything you can from experts, this is how you will not make the same mistake twice.
2. I Want to Believe VS. Trust No One
As a big fan from the very beginning of X Files, I'm a true believer ! ;) I believe in people, I believe in changing, I believe in skills and talents. As I said here, being an entrepreneur is the will to gather people you want to work with. It's giving them your trust and contaminating them with your energy so they can push their own limits.
But don't fool yourself. Your efforts will not always be rewarded. It's a fact, becoming an entrepreneur is also stop to be naive. It's knowing you can make mistakes while accepting the risks. It's understanding you may be disappointed while moving forward anyway. It's sometimes go "all in" and listen to your guts.
Learn the difference between giving your trust and giving your respect to others but keep being a believer, it's an indispensable prerequisite.
3. Independence Day VS. The Day After Tomorrow
The first reason I decided to be an entrepreneur, is because I wanted to be independent. Free to choose my day-by-day schedule, free to recruit people I want, free to make my own choices and no boss to argue with. The day I set up my company will be my "Independence Day"! Today I think I come to a sort of independence, but everything comes at a price...
Yes, theoretically, I can get up at noon and work in my pyjamas, I can hire my banker's daughter just to please him or decide that every Friday will be a day-off for everyone. Unfortunately, this freedom comes with a huge responsibility. Suddenly, you are responsible for others. You have to protect them, even if it means burning books in an old library to keep them warm – wait, burn books? I can't watch this scene – and you need to ensure that "The Day After Tomorrow" will be better not only for you, but for them as well.
Learn to accept the weight of your responsibilities, but sometimes allow yourself to enjoy your hard-earned freedom.