It’s said that entrepreneurs are certified crazy people simply because they refuse to think and act ordinary. Some have also said that entrepreneurship is a lonely journey. I want to agree with both statements.
Entrepreneurs are dreamers, initiators and innovators. They are out of the box thinkers; men and women who thrive in putting the ‘extra’ into extraordinary. The best of them live, eat, and sleep ideas, sometime the most outrageous ones. And with all odds stack against them, they attempt to implement them. Entrepreneurs prefer travelling the narrow and abandoned road. They are thrilled to chart a new course and create original footprints for the rest to follow. Talk of setting precedence.
However, most entrepreneurs will admit that the journey of starting up and building a business is mostly uphill. They will tell you of back to back frustrations, moments of second guessing and numerous temptations to quit.
But as an entrepreneur, how do you stay the course. What should keep you going?
Here are a few tips;
Leave past failures behind
Show me an entrepreneur who has never failed and I’ll show you someone who has never tried. Entrepreneurship and failure are almost synonymous, they go hand in hand. The most seasoned of entrepreneurs today has experienced massive failures; a series of them.
In order to eventually win, you must learn to take failure in your stride. But most importantly, learn from your mistakes, and put them behind. You will never progress if all you do is look behind your shoulders to mourn or regret. Focus that energy on what is ahead.
Put your best foot forward. Always
Put in 100%! Commit and hold yourself accountable because the success of your business depends on you. You cannot afford to slack. Make every minute of every hour count, go into your business knowing that at the end of the day you must be able to measure progress.
Work ‘on’ and not ‘in’ your business
Yes, there’s a difference. You can’t do it all by yourself, ultimately it will weigh you down. Working on your business means you can delegate duties to other people, especially the time-sucking tasks. That way you will focus on more important tasks such as strategy and growth of your enterprise. Letting go is one for the hardest things for entrepreneurs, but in order to grow, you must begin to trust that other people can also deliver even in your absence.
Learn, Learn, Learn
Strive to become a better version of yourself everyday. You can only do that by acquiring new insights and perspective through learning. Attend conferences, get a mentor or a coach, but most importantly – READ.
Inculcate reading in your morning ritual, even if it’s just for a few minutes. It may be difficult at first but in due course you will be thankful that you built a reading discipline.
Refuse to quit
Winners are never quitters.
Granted, it’s going to be difficult. In fact, there will be more bad days than good ones. However, understand that in every obstacle therein lies an opportunity to grow. Challenges builds an entrepreneur’s inner resilience, it’s what will keep propelling you forward in all seasons.