So you have a great business idea and finally decided to work on this life changing idea you were so sure was going to be a success. 3 months in you have zero clue where you are, what to do and learning the skill sets required seems to be an impossible task. You feel lost and dejected that your great master plan has come to a screeching halt and you feel smaller than a pond scum. Well, the good news it that you are not alone.
Self made Entrepreneurs in Singapore and around the world face the exact same scenario when starting a new business; and it’s especially so if this idea is a ground breaking one that changes the way we live.
Statistically, plans (while important) never ever really well, go according to plan. We are bound to face difficulties and challenges. In fact, 80% of being an Entrepreneur is trying to solve problems.
But the mistake that most make at this point is that they give up. They feel that it’s too difficult and that this isn’t meant for them. They give themselves doubt if it’s worth the effort.
What most need to understand is that if they think what they are doing is difficult, they should rejoice because it only means that not everyone can do what they will be able to do once they get to the end of the tunnel. As the old saying goes, if it was easy – everyone would do it.Take the game changers for example, Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates etc. These people exist because they did something at a time where no one else was doing it. Convincing people to see their dreams when 9 out of 10 was telling them that they would fail. Even myself, when we started our photographer business, I struggled to understand industrial terms like aperture, ISO, fps etc and felt about this tiny when I tried to watch videos to learn, but all they did was drop even more acronyms which I had zero clue about. The hardest challenge I’ve personally had to face was learning Python and Artificial Intelligence. With zero coding background, just getting myself to sit down to listen to online lectures I had no idea what it was about was absolutely one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. There were so many days that I would tell myself that I would have to cover 10 modules before I slept, but I only covered 0.5 at the end of it because I just couldnt understand. It was difficult and there were so many times I just wanted to give up. But I kept to it by telling myself everyday that an average joe on the street cant just decide to do what I do when I become successful, and that motivated me because I knew that my actions today will put me ahead of everyone else tomorrow.
The bottom line is this, instead of seeing difficulty and setbacks as resistance, use it to motivate yourself forward and see that this difficult will stop everyone else, but tell yourself that it will not stop you. That this game is meant for hustlers and the ones who want it, and you want it the most.