What it Takes to Succeed as an Entrepreneur
If you are trying to build a business, there are 3 discouragements/illusions to be aware of -- and transform within so that these don't hold you back. I see too many entrepreneurs "fail" (quitting way too soon) because of these...
1: Comparing your early results to others' advanced results...
You post about your business on social media and get 0 likes. A niche mate (someone else in your industry) posts about their business, and they get 25 likes.
You get discouraged... thinking there must be something wrong with how you're doing it, or maybe you have bad luck.
Of course, there are always ways you can improve. For example, nothing I post is ever perfect... I always see lots of room for improvement -- but I post it imperfectly anyway, and just move onto the next thing.
Sure, there is always luck involved... but sometimes *you* will be the lucky one. So, don't worry about luck or timing. Just do your thing often enough, and you *will* encounter luck sometimes.
The "secret" here is that *you don't see* everything your niche mate has done, that has led him up to this point of being able to get the results that he's getting. You don't see the hours, weeks, years of posting content that led him to have an audience that trusts him. You don't see the private conversations he's had with many potential clients, audience members, colleagues, where he has helped them out, to build those relationships, so that he can have those results today.
You only see the current result, and you think "How come they have it so easy, and it's so hard for me?"
You are forgetting that it takes a lot of work, relationship building, and a lot of great content (which takes time to get great at) before you can have authentically good results that are lasting and sustainable.
Stop comparing yourself to others.
Only compare your current results to your results last month, last year.
Are you improving your own skills, strategies, and joyful productivity? That is what matters most.
Look at your own progress. There is no need for discouragement. Any "failure" is only redirection, not a signal to quit. You have to experience many "failures" to get to success.
Since you don't know how many "mistakes" (redirections!) are required, get through them as quickly and lightly as you can. Don't wallow in discouragement; don't dwell on negativity. Learn from the past, yes, to redirect yourself more wisely forward. Look ahead to possibility. Success is in front of you.
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