As entrepreneurs, I think most of us have figured out that building a successful business requires some sacrifice. In fact, I'd say that anything you want to be successful at — whether it's mastering a sport, learning a new skill, getting in shape or having an awesome relationship — requires some kind of sacrifice. The key is to make sure that you're not making dumb sacrifices for your success, but smart ones.
Running just about any business, especially in the beginning, demands a lot of time and energy. It involves taking some risk and, for most of us, a heck of a lot of personal and professional growth. You quickly learn that you have to give up something to give your business what it demands from you if you want to succeed. And that's where the sacrifice comes in.