At 23 years old, I'm incredibly lucky (and honoured) to be one of the few young entrepreneurs "crazy enough" to bank on eSports. Two years is what it took. From the moment I (perhaps foolishly) decided to drop out to accept an invitation to Canada's most successful accelerator (www.founderfuel.com), to the gruelling experiences I've lived in the early moments of our company, to the time I gave a tantalizing keynote to over 1,500 people representing more than $3 Billion in venture capital... to the moment we significantly "de-risked" our eSports startup... the whole ride has been an experience that defined me as an entrepreneur. It made me and it made us.
The amount of times I nearly gave up is high up there, and today still I wake up everyday with what most CEOs will easily recognize: the weight of leadership and the burden of responsibility for your own dreams. The truth is that entrepreneurship is a way of life for a specific kind of people. For people who are desperately unemployable, for people who embrace the joy of learning but are practically allergic to the North American scholastic system (University level minimum). For people that have unyielding drive in something. For people who fail.
I've been a gamer all my life. But somewhere along the line, I came to understand that this lifestyle comes with rules. You can make money by being an expert in practically any industry (even if that industry doesn't exist yet). But when old rules are broken, new opportunities come to life. And it is the entrepreneurs of today who lead the charge for the future. It is those gamers who decide to build a leading hardware company dedicated for gamers (Razer). It is those gamers who believe that the future of eSports is in broadcasting (Twitch). It's those visions for a better world that carry us forward... no matter your definition of that world.
The truth is that what Day9 writes is very true: going all in today may make for an interesting investment in your future (if and/or when you fail). By investing lots of time in developing myself in the area of marketing, I was able to secure employment in a fast-growing tech startup, which gave me the background to understand what it would take to build my own. Today, I'm still learning as I build my own company, but the fact is that I didn't decide to become an entrepreneur 2 years ago... I suddenly became one somewhere along the way. I think there is value in keeping your eyes open for that moment.
Know what you get yourself into. Don't be naive. Go learn something. Soak in your failures. Test often. Iterate all the time. Dream about it. Iterate some more. Convince them to give you funding. Freak out because you got funding. Iterate some more. Stay hungry even if it's tempting not to. Stay in the "let's build this startup" frame of mind. You're just getting started.
Entrepreneurship isn't for everyone. Not even for entrepreneurs.