We’ve all been there. Every successful entrepreneur has at one point or another felt like throwing in the towel, calling it quits and taking the path of least resistance. For some it was a mere thought and for others it appeared to be an all too near reality. Anyone who tells you differently has not built a successful and profitable business – period.
Golden Days and Perfect Storms
It’s something that many entrepreneurs don’t like to talk about. Most successful entrepreneurs would like to soon forget the painful periods of growing a business. We prefer to relish in the golden days. But golden days and perfect storms are both essential components of an entrepreneur’s journey.
When Your Back is Against the Wall
Every day you are given a choice to move forward in spite of perceived challenges or succumb to defeat. The choice is yours and it becomes an even harder choice when you feel as though your back is against the wall. But take it from someone who has been there, if you have the strength to pick yourself up off the floor, wipe away the tears and fight through the toughest periods in business … you will undoubtedly and unequivocally succeed.
Hidden Lessons in Fight-or-Flight
Think back to some of the most successful periods in your life and I guarantee that there are telling lessons hidden within. Things you thought that you could not do, barriers that seemed impenetrable and situations that often looked bleak and undesirable.
We are all too familiar with the biological response to acute stress, better known as fight-or-flight. But what happens in business, when you get the urge to fall back instead of push forward? I encourage you to tune it to ‘fight’ every time. The best way to prepare and win a fight is to know what you can expect. There are four essential things that you should prepare for and expect along the way:
[/check_list] Every reason noted above can seem to be an unbearable challenge. But none of the reasons in any way, shape or form give you a license to give up, cave in or quit. Every opportunity is most often disguised as a challenge that you’d rather not deal with. But don’t shrink back; focus on solutions and not the problem. Giving up is not an option and to have what others don’t have you must be willing to do what others won’t do.
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. –W. Feather
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