Entrepreneurship and sanity don’t go well together. Who in his or her sane state of mind will go after launching a company instead of joining some established business or taking a job with great prospects? It is like riding a roller-coaster every day without knowing if today it’s going to be a high or a low.
You don’t become an entrepreneur for the money. If you are well casted for the world out there, you can make lot more money being a corporate executive. You don’t do it for the comfort. Believe me, the life out there could be a lot more comfortable doing a 9-5. Why then? I think the only real reason is the passion and drive to do something that you absolutely love and believe in.
The thing that you require to succeed is to really stick to it. It’s that roller-coaster. You cannot quit if there are one too many lows in a row. Persistence is the key element here. Stick to it, take tangents and get better. You cannot be an overnight success (someone wisely said–it takes three years to be an overnight success, sometimes more).
Success is a funny thing. It is very subjective and relatively hard to measure. You can be successful by being happy or by being independent or by being rich. But if and when you end up “succeeding”, things change dramatically. All of a sudden, you become the sane entrepreneur!