Becoming an Entrepreneur became more common than ever after Modi’s Startup India campaign. Yet most of those entrepreneurs are no longer in business. Every day we read about startup ventures crumbling to soil. It can make you think twice about giving up on the 9-6 lifestyle.
It’s natural to feel dubious about your decision. No entrepreneur is a born badass who would nail every target and aim of the organization. They fall, they crumble and they learn. What is important is to remember your lesson. Because your fall will help you learn how to fly.
Giving up is not an option for a passionate Entrepreneur. Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. To become a fearless Entrepreneur, one must always remember these lessons:
- The journey is the best part.
It’s easy to look at that mountain and shy away from the hard work. It’s intimidating to begin with. But along the journey, you embark on something new. This journey is the most enjoyable part of the process.
All successful entrepreneurs look back on their respective journeys with a great fondness. Don’t be afraid of the journey embrace it.
- Cherish what drives you.
What drives an Entrepreneur isn’t money alone. It’s what they can do with that money. For you it might be that big house, that fast car or that dream vacation to Hawaii. Embrace what drives you. Use that to get you through the hard times.
Make sure to keep your aspiration in front of you all the time. Nothing can motivate you more than knowing what you want.
- Mistakes are tuition. Learn from every one you make.
It’s quite simple. We will make mistakes. Some are incredibly expensive. Don’t go out of your way to make mistakes but learn from every one you do make. Set aside some time to reflect on why you made that mistake and what you can do to make sure you don’t make that same mistake again.
- Adapt or perish.
Entrepreneurship is competition on a landscape that is always changing. They must either adapt or die. It’s that simple. Constantly monitor your competitors and your market. Enjoy your success without ever becoming complacent.
Always be on your toes.
- Never, ever, ever give up.
Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea that it takes 10,000 hours to master a complex skill.
But the real key of mastering a complex skill is grit; the ability to stick with something long enough to log those 10,000 hours.
People with grit are like anti dilettantes. Rather than flit from thing to thing, gritty people pick something and stick with it. They’re tenacious, dogged, persevering, and they absolutely refuse to give up.
The grittiest people don’t just work longer and harder, although that is part of the equation. They keep a laser focus on their goal and say, “No, thanks,” to anything that gets in their way.
Be a true fearless Entrepreneur. Don’t listen to anyone other than yourself. Stay focused. And never give up on your goal.