1. The journey is the best part.
It’s easy to look at that mountain and shy away from the hard work. I know it intimidated me when I started. But now when I embark on something new, I get excited. I’ve learned the 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.
2. Cherish what drives you.
What drives me isn’t money alone. It’s what I 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.
I recommend putting it right in front of your face. Take a picture of the result and put it somewhere in your office where you can see it.
3. You’re never rich enough to afford the idle time.
“I don’t have the time.” I hear this excuse regularly but, sorry, but I don’t care if you have a 9-5 job and two kids. Use the spare hour you get when the kids are in bed to learn something new. It’s not a race. You don’t have to dedicate your life to your new venture but if you only have an hour, use that hour.
4. Mistakes are tuition. Learn from every mistake you make.
It’s quite simple. You will make mistakes. I have, and some were incredibly expensive. Don’t go out of your way to make mistakes but learn from every mistake 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.
5. Adapt or perish.
Entrepreneurship is competition on a landscape that is always changing. You 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.
6. Starting is the hardest part.
Don’t abandon your dream because of excuses and passing difficulties. Instead of procrastinating because you’re worried how long it will take, just get started. Do what you can today to bring your dream that much closer to fruition. Trust me, it will be the best decision you ever make.