Mr. Hobo Millionaire

Entrepreneurial Success Doesn’t Look Like An NFL Sack Celebration

Mark Gastineu was a great NFL defensive end for the New York Jets. Some time in the 80’s, he started the NFL craze of over celebrating a tackle. In some ways it’s kind of entertaining, but ultimately I believe it sets a bad example (more on that in a moment). At this point in time (20 years into the 2000’s), it’s gotten out of hand in the NFL. We now see players over celebrating a tackle even when their team is losing! I also understand that the Madden football video games had a big affect on current players, too. They grew up watching the video game characters over celebrate, and now they are modeling that behavior.

What’s wrong with over celebrating?

I believe it sets a bad example, because it models incorrect behavior in terms of competition, struggling, and perseverance. Long term success takes years, not one day or one moment. Yes, professional football players have put years into being where they are, but on that day, the “success” goal is to win a football game, and to win multiple games over a season, and win in the playoffs, and eventually win a championship. The goal is not to make one good play.

Over celebrating is a distraction. Plus, most of the time, you’re doing it because you’re looking for a pat-on-the-back or praise from others. As an entrepreneur, you need to be able to push on without praise. If you believe every day is going to be jumping up-and-down with joy, you have a big shock coming. Most successful entrepreneurs plug away for years, working many long days, many alone, in solitude. Sure, you should celebrate small wins internally, but never lose focus of the end goal.

Facebook and Instagram posts are not real life (not IRL).

Many people think entrepreneurship is what the celebrities post. No, that’s advertising. They’re trying to sell you on how they live, so you buy what they sell, so you can feel like you’re as successful as they are. Don’t buy what they’re selling. And unless you’re a celebrity already, that kind of advertising won’t work for you. Any entrepreneur working towards a goal doesn’t have time to post silly stuff on Facebook or Instagram on a daily basis.

Ever see people post stuff like this?

Started a diet today — Ate a salad!

Ran 1 mile today! Marathon here I come!

Started writing my book! Chapter 1 done!

And then they never post anything about it ever again. You know why? Because they quit.


Coffee is for closers only.

Blake (Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross)


Over the years, if social media would have existed, and I was being honest, I would have posted stuff like this:

I worked 16 hours today to fix an issue with my software. I got nowhere. Off to bed and to try again tomorrow.

Invested 20K to get a chance to work with a bigger company. They said no.

It’s 3am and my customer just texted me. I’ve got to get up and work on a problem.

I’m rewriting our software from scratch starting today. I’ll finish in 2-3 years after 16 hour days. Shipped! Oh now I have 5 more years of bug fixes and iterations, working 16 hours a day.

My son just asked me why I work so hard with so little to show for it.

I’m working two full-time jobs for a chance to chase my dreams. I’ve been doing this for 3 years. 

My investor just pulled the plug on my company after only 3 months. I worked 3 years to create this product. And it’s over. I have to go ask for my old job back.

There is no such thing as an overnight success.

Entrepreneurial success is bunch of big struggles and private, hidden little wins. I cry when I listen to other entrepreneur stories about the long years, days, and hours put into creating a product… and they’re finally having some success. I know how hard it is. I’ve lived it. Multiple times. I have no idea what I would have done had I not eventually started having some success. I’m pretty sure I would have kept plugging away since that’s what I had to do for 20+ years anyway, but you never know. It’s SO hard. I can promise you I was never running around with my arms up high celebrating saying “look at me”! Most people, except my family, have no idea what I went through to get to where I am today. Friends and acquaintances had no idea how hard it was then or how good things are now. That’s why I blog anonymously. I don’t want personal attention, but I do hope you get something from this blog. I hope you know you’re not alone in your entrepreneurial journey. I’m rooting for you, even if it’s in private.

Now go do the work…

Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.

Jim Rohn

Now go do the work…

Mr. Hobo Millionaire