I’ve come across many people who would love to start their own business. It’s been a thought of theirs for years and years and it’s something that they say they’ve “always wanted to do”. I mean, who wouldn’t want to wake up when they wanted to, work in their pajamas, be their own boss, and stack cash in their bank accounts? You come up with a good product or service, advertise a little bit, and then watch the money come rolling in, right? Sounds great in theory. Then…the phone doesn’t ring, the product doesn’t sell, you get no business, you get down and depressed, start beating yourself up, and then you go back to your nine to five in defeat. At least you gave it a try, right?
That’s where I was too! I was down and out and didn’t think I had what it took in order to be successful. I watched the world around me prosper. I worked a nine to five and watched the customers I served enjoy the lifestyle that they’ve dreamed of. Why couldn’t I figure out how to do that, too? What did they have that I didn’t? Hmm…it must be because they grew up wealthy and they got a running start. I didn’t grow up with a bunch of money so I guess I don’t have the resources to succeed. My parents were very smart but we were lower class. i watched my mother and step-father struggle to make ends meet. Some people are rich and some are poor. That’s just the way it is. Either you’re born into a rich family and will have an abundant life or you’re not. That’s the mindset that I grew up with. I, like many other people, was very wrong!
I don’t care who you are, where you grew up, what color your skin is, or what your last name is…YOU CAN SUCCEED! It takes a certain mindset, a mindset that you can achieve and grow into if you want success bad enough. The thing that you absolutely cannot go without in order to succeed in business is…..WILLPOWER AND DETERMINATION.
Creating and operating a successful business comes with risk. It comes with hard work. it comes with pain. It comes with disappointment. But through that risk, hard work, pain, and disappointment comes huge rewards if you have willpower and determination. I’m not talking about that pansy kind of willpower and determination…the kind that’s going to run out of steam as soon as you hit the first roadblock. The kind that gets you excited but you’re easily dissuaded as soon as you tell the first naysayer that you think is on your side. I’m talking about that willpower and determination that’s going to pull you through WHATEVER obstacles (and oh, they’re coming) come your way. It takes SACRIFICE! Get off the phone! Get off of Facebook! Get off of Twitter! Put the TV Remote down! None of these is going to make you successful! Success will not come knocking at your front door. You’ve got to go get it! There’s a way around every obstacle that you can think of and you’ll discover those loopholes if you’re determined enough. If you’re not determined, you’ll whine and quit. Don’t be a whiny quitter!
My favorite quote is by an amazing motivational speaker who has been through what you and I have been through and personally, it keeps me going when I feel the urge to quit. He said “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, only then will you be successful” – Eric Thomas.