Be Inspired to make the leap in 2019
Get inspired and make the leap
Most people in life never make it past the first step in fulfilling their passions or dreams. A crippling fear of not knowing how to start, worried about failing or putting it off saying “nows not the right time”.
Im sure the vast majority of people reading this article have had an idea or a vision they would love to see become a reality, Something that not only changes their lives but the lives of people around them and the world as a whole. All too soon we reign in our dreams and chalk them down to just that, a dream. The truly great entrepreneurs are “lucky, they have something we don’t have, it could never happen to us”.
But what if it could be you? What if by allowing yourself the time to indulge in your passion and taking that first step on your dream journey? With an incredible amount of hard work, resilience, blood, sweat and tears could it be you?
This is a terrifying thought for many, but why?
This article is to share what inspired me, and how i convinced myself to make the start, the questions i asked myself and incredible videos with advice from the most successful, inspired people on the planet.
I hope you enjoy and it gets you as fired up as it got me and i’d love to hear your thoughts and comments!
Personal / Ultimate goals
Before we start its important to question yourself and vision your goals and aspirations.
- What do you desire? what is your ultimate goal / passion? What do you want to be remembered for? If money was no object what would you be dedicating your life to?
- Where do you want to be in a year from now?
- 5 years from now?
All great entrepreneurs, artists and athletes all have at least one thing in common, Dedication. They are the first ones up and the last ones to bed, they grind every single day, day in and day out. I think this is one of the most overlooked points when comparing ourselves to the likes of Branson, Musk and other high achievers, these amazing entrepreneurs were not born the CEO’s of Billion dollar companies, they were not born with the knowledge of how to build and run these industry changing businesses, so what is the fundamental difference between them and the majority?
Dedication and resilience, these people work, they work continuously, they work tirelessly and they never give up, they continue pushing after many would have called it a day. They create their own luck. I think most people make the assumption that things just fall into place for these entrepreneurs but this is far from the truth. Everyone faces difficulty and challenges, the major difference comes in your determination and resilience in pursuing and overcoming these challenges whatever it takes.
As Elon Musk famously said “If you’re working 120 hr work weeks and your competitors are only doing 40 hr work weeks then you will achieve in 4 months what it takes them a year to achieve”
So ask yourself:
- What are you prepared to do to achieve it?
- What are you willing to sacrifice to get there? if it takes 10 years are you still prepared to grind every single day? Work harder, longer, make those extra phone calls, go the extra mile?
Once you make that decision, you decide that you are dedicated in achieving your goals and aspirations you will start to view things differently, problems become obstacles to overcome and not only that, with every obstacle you overcome you move yourself forwards, you teach yourself how to solve that problem, you better yourself and your ability.
As Tom says in the video above, “Adversity is where the magic happens” and as far as i know this is sound truth.
Whenever theres a problem that needs solving, an opportunity that presents itself as a problem you have to dig deep to find a solution.
As an early stage entrepreneur the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against you, you don’t have the luxury of a million dollar marketing budget, you don’t have the luxury of hiring a PR agency to spread the news of your product. I have learnt more in the tough times as an entrepreneur than i have in the good times and although they were painful at the time it taught me to dig deep, there is no one coming to make it happen for you, the only way to move forwards is to attack problems head on and learn how to solve them.
As Malcolm Gladwell said “you need 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert in a specific field”. This is very relevant to any entrepreneur as in the early days of a venture and with an incredible amount of hard work you will not only become an expert in your chosen field you will also spend a great deal of time learning Finance, Marketing, PR, Product development, international shipping rules and regulations and much much more!
It is also impossible for anyone starting their entrepreneurial journey to pre learn everything you will need to know prior to starting your business. You will learn the vast majority on the go, confronting problems as they come and with a lot of trial and error. This is incredibly daunting as an entrepreneur and can be lonely at times but in my experience looking back they were the times which really showed me how resilient i was and it really does give you the confidence to confront any problems thrown at you.
Picture where you are now and where you would like to be in a years time, in order to become that person and be in that position you need to go through personal growth which can be painful at the time but it is necessary to develop and learn the skills needed.
If it was easy everyone would be doing it, but just know every successful entrepreneur has been exactly where you are now and it is at times like these where the successful entrepreneur is born!
Remove the Fear of failure
The biggest reason which holds people back by far is the fear of failure, since you were young you’ve been conditioned into believing failing is the worst thing that can happen to you. Since starting my journey i have learnt the complete opposite to this and that actually failure is almost a necessity to success.
By putting yourself out there, by speaking the words of your aspirations and dreams you automatically announce to the world that you are committed to achieving them. In doing this you are also giving the world a way to measure you and to be aware of your failures.
I have taken a small selection of the most successful influential people on the planet to demonstrate that there is nothing wrong with failing, failing is crucial on the path to success. If you keep going, keep driving then you do not fail, you learn valuable lessons, you improve, you fail better and you pick yourself up and go again. The only sure way to fail is to never try, to give up. If anyone of these people never took the risk to try, if anyone of these people gave up, the world would be a significantly different place.
Elon musk – Was removed as CEO from his first business Zip2 as the board said he did not have the experience to run the company.
He then founded x.com which turned into Paypal, he was then ousted as CEO again. He then suffered from Cerebral malaria and almost died. In 2002 his son died, Space X almost went bankrupt and his wife left him. He is now at the forefront of making the human civilisation a multi planetary species as well as disrupting the motor and power industries.
Jack Ma (founder of Alibaba) – Rejected from Harvard 10 times, Rejected from KFC, first 2 companies failed.
Starbucks – Schultz had to raise more than $1.6 million. “In the course of the year I spent trying to raise money, I spoke to 242 people, and 217 of them said no,” he wrote. “Try to imagine how disheartening it can be to hear that many times why your idea is not worth investing in. … It was a very humbling time.”
JK Rowling – J.K. Rowling had just gotten a divorce, was on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book was published. She was so poor she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the 90,000-word novel, so she manually typed out each version to send to publishers. It was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight year-old daughter fell in love with it.
So again, I ask why are you doing this, what does success look like to you, when you get to the end of the road and look back what will make you proud, what will make you think that was a life worth living?
- What do you want out of life?
- What are you willing to commit to achieve that?
- You must be prepared to self motivate
- You must be prepared to ask for help
- Don’t let failure scare you, put yourself out there, take the risk to fail, learn, fail again
The time is now, if you have a passion, a niggling idea, something you want to see become a reality then make 2018 the year you took the first step and don’t look back!
Fired up and ready to make a start?? Check out the “How to Start” Blog post