NOT TIRED

Brian Lee

2024-07-20

Introduction

Nothing endures but change.
— Heraclitus

Purpose of the Book

“Not Tired” aims to be a companion for those feeling overwhelmed on their entrepreneurial journey. It shares my developing insights on perseverance, overcoming fears, and staying motivated. This book is intended to serve as both a guide and a source of inspiration for anyone facing the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.

It might sound selfish, but I am writing this book primarily for myself. I now understand that writing down my goals, motivations, and commitments gives me the strength to keep going, even when it feels like the “walls are closing in” because nothing I try seems to produce any results. I often feel lost whenever I step away from my stable career in software engineering. Initially, I was terrified of financial ruin and the idea of starting my career over. But day by day, as I moved away from the 9-to-5 routine and focused on my true passions, that fear transformed into excitement.

Writing this book is like crafting a lifeline for myself by continuously programming my subconscious mind, as suggested in the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill. Each word echoes my deep commitment to see my adventures through. At last, I can call myself a real entrepreneur.

Personal Motivation and Background

I love developing skills to a high level of proficiency. It really motivates me to hone a skill when I imagine it becoming so automatic that it seems like magic. I don’t excel at everything I find interesting. For example, my skateboarding is not great, although I enjoy it a lot. On the other hand, I stayed up countless nights with dry eyes to learn computer programming until I was able to build a very comfortable living from it.

Finding a new interest is straightforward for me. When the question “Can I do this?” pops up in my mind, it becomes a challenge I can’t resist. It becomes another all-consuming obsession. As you may have guessed by now, becoming a business owner has been a life-long pursuit, although I haven’t had any success due to a variety of reasons. Sometimes, I was “too tired” to do it. Sometimes, I just didn’t stick it out. If there was a good enough excuse, I entertained it.

When I left my last software engineering job in April 2024, I said, “Here we go again,” without concrete plans. All I had was enough savings to last me 2 to 3 years of exploring business ideas and projects like writing this book. I work hard at it, but the same old excuses are creeping in again. But this time I know better. I started to read books on business, self-development, personal finance, and more to find solutions to problems and strengthen my mental resilience.

I set ambitious goals that I write down on paper every day to recommit to them. After it’s all said and done, I would like to donate 100 million dollars to autism research to help other children who may make a huge impact on society with the right help and guidance. I also see a lot of good in improving the lives of those with debilitating autism. We all deserve a chance to succeed in life and enjoy every moment.

Through this book, I want to share my journey and thoughts to inspire others to step out of the norm and find what truly makes them happy. I also want to remind all of us that freedom is not free; it comes with tremendous sacrifices that only bear fruit after a long journey. Buckle in and hold tight.


Copyright 2024, Brian Lee