There are days when I struggle. I manage. But, I do struggle. My name is Danyel Aversenti and I am **dramatic pause**, I am an entrepreneur. I don’t like the title. I hear someone state that they are an entrepreneur and I immediately think, “So, you are unemployed?” I take this newfound job description lightly. I also take the title that comes with having my own business, Chief Executive Officer, with a grain of salt; I find it ridiculous to think I could be anything close to a CEO. It’s even more ridiculous to think that the three letters following my name are the same three letters that abut our world’s top-paid executives names—those very CEOs whom control our world. They are CEOs.
Alas, CEO is what I am. I tend to belittle myself by utilizing creative wording such as, “Energy Behind”, in place of the three letters that define power. I do this as my own recognition that I have yet to earn my CEO-stripes; furthermore, neither has my bank account. Today, today there is $35.65 in my bank account. I am in debt up to my entrepreneurial-eyeballs and have earned so little in the past year that I actually could qualify for food stamps. I struggle. I manage. But, I do struggle. I am an entrepreneur.
Money is not happiness. Money is not wealth. Money will pay my credit cards, rent, utility bills and my medical bills, yes. But, money will not buy my happiness. Living outside the cubicle has provided me the happiness I only knew as a foreign emotion. Yes, knowing your paycheck will come right on schedule and that you will be able to pay rent, and knowing you have insurance should medical-devastation occur, is nice. But, it is not happiness. I am an entrepreneur. I struggle. I manage. But, I do struggle.
Two years today, I launched my small LLC, Our Empty Space. Two years today, I took one giant step for Danyel’s Mind. Now, now I am a CEO and I have to worry about accounting, employees, marketing, sales and, most of all, staying afloat. But, two years ago today, I woke up knowing that I hold my own fate. I woke up knowing I can be the creative, driven person I was once told by my grandfather, Poppy, I should/could/would be. I will continue on this path. I have no regrets. I will forge ahead and continue to work as hard as I can to succeed. Yes, I struggle. Yes, I will continue to manage. But, as an entrepreneur it’s important for me to remember that although I do struggle, I do so for happiness.