It’s easy to see successful entrepreneurs and admire the life they live, but the secret that is so unknown to many admirers is that entrepreneurship is not the glamorous career path everyone actually thinks it is. It’s not always about the big ideas and ideals, neither is it about hopes and dreams. There is so much more than what everyone else sees beneath the surface. As an entrepreneur, I can boldly say that entrepreneurship is certainly not about a search for fame and fortune either.
I’m sure that at this point, someone would ask me, “What exactly is entrepreneurship all about?” More than anything, I can say that entrepreneurship is a test of patience. It is about having the determination, the discipline, and the doggedness to see your vision become a reality. Successful entrepreneurship is about never giving up and staying committed to your course even when everyone else doubts you.
View of Perseverance in Entrepreneurship, by Maxim Bederov
Perseverance is an essential virtue needed to maintain and sustain a reputable quality of life – and not just in entrepreneurship alone. Perseverance involves sticking to the grand plan and keeping your focus when things do not seem to go on well.
Because life involves a lot of uncertainty and nothing is guaranteed, even a well-thought-out plan can still fail due to several reasons. The road to a successful entrepreneurial career will always pose several challenges. However, these challenges are not meant to be complained about; they are rather designed solely to be overcome. You need to develop a resilient and ensuring mindset so that you can successfully weather the storm. Giving in to difficulties will only result in failure, but if you get up after a fall, the potential is limitless.
There are several ingredients in the recipe for successful entrepreneurship – having the vision to see beyond what others see, the passion to motivate yourself and others, the know-how to build and grow a business into a reputable brand, and the audacious instinct to make good decisions are all part of the mix. However, the one thing that binds those ingredients together is the tenacity to stick with the plan consistently over time.
I can’t seem to emphasize this enough – perseverance is clearly an important aspect of successful entrepreneurship. There is a popular saying: “If at first you do not succeed, try again.” This means that only few individuals are able to achieve great things without first overcoming the obstacles standing in their way. If you read the stories of successful brands dominating the world today, you will clearly see that there were times when things were definitely not rosy, and it took the founders a great deal of tenacity to keep the passion going.
Final words from Maxim Bederov on perseverance
To keep the perseverance juice flowing, I recommend that entrepreneurs anticipate rejection and setbacks. I am not saying embrace pessimism or cynicism, but here’s the truth: many people will tell you a blatant “no” about a million times when you are building a business. However, if you anticipate that you will come up against rejection and setbacks, it prepares your mind and makes it easier to overcome these setbacks and challenges.
Moreover, to persevere, you need to take the responsibility for your own success or failure. It can be quite scary to accept responsibility for everything in your life. It is the best way to get through the dark days of entrepreneurship. Once you start taking responsibility for how your business turns out, you realize that you are in control and nothing can stop you!
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