I decided six years ago that I wasn’t cut out to be an entrepreneur.
Years of struggle in business taught me that becoming a “successful” business owner was not in my future.
I was back at work full-time, and now that I didn’t have the constant duties of my business, I was free to reclaim my life.
My daughter was born after I met someone. And with her birth, history was repeated.
My first business, you see, began with the birth of my kid. With the conclusion that I adored his little person, I wanted to start or discover a business that would allow me to work from home and spend more time with him.
And then, with the birth of my daughter, I was transported back six years to a time when I had the superhuman resolve to establish any profitable business.
It only took a few weeks after her birth for my mind to become fascinated with how I might make this thing online actually function. I was aware that it worked for some people but not for everyone.
I was dead set on figuring it out.
I wandered through a slew of different company concepts… I knew I didn’t want to be a star chef or coach this time. I wanted to make something authentic. But I had no idea what.
Little did I realize that it would only be a few months until I came up with the idea that would eventually bloom into what is today a million-dollar business.
Napoleon Hill recounts the account of three feet of gold in one of his books.
This man dug for about 18 years during the gold rush before giving up. He chooses to sell the property, and the new owner, of course, pulls up a shovel and digs three feet, hitting gold.
When we’re going through the motions of our lives, making adjustments, and making sacrifices, we rarely know with 100% sure that things will work out.
As business owners, we must develop this “faith.” Faith in combination with hard effort, devotion, and hustle.
To complicate matters further, when we are on the verge of a breakthrough, we are usually greeted by an equal and opposing force, a force that may cause us to reconsider whether this “something” is something we desire (or even can have) after all.
And if we don’t have that determination, we may quit too soon or conclude that it wasn’t meant to be.
The fact, though, is that “if it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.”
What is supposed to be is decided by me. And whether or not I succeed is entirely dependent on my decision.
I concluded six years ago that I wasn’t a success. And then I realized I wasn’t quite done with that.
Entrepreneurial success necessitates determination, faith, and devotion. But a lot of success boils down to perseverance.
I refused to give up and resolved to complete the task regardless of the consequences.
Knowing with all your heart (and head) that you’re only a few feet from gold and that if you stay the course, do the work, and show up every day with heart, success will be an unavoidable outcome.