I want to start this article off with a quote about confidence, this particular quote isn’t the best nor the worst, but it has a meaning to it that I can relate to and that I believe most people can or should try to relate to. Here is the quote:
” Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense. ” – Arthur Helps
So for me, this relates to entrepreneurship extremely well. Entrepreneurs are people who ultimately have an idea, create a goal with this idea, and work as hard as they can to achieve that goal. This many times creates a slippery slope of failure and success. The views of others from the outside looking in who are not entrepreneurs may think its silly for one person to take this many risks just to potentially fail. For the sake of accuracy, a majority of entrepreneurs do fail at first, but what comes out of these failures is amazing and frequently overlooked by the “outside” community. The confidence level of a failed entrepreneur significantly increases, and in my opinion the reason being, is that if you have already failed, what could you possibly have to lose?
Let’s thinks about this for a second…. As an entrepreneur you start something, it fails, you gain experience, and start again with newly gained wisdom. Personally, I believe the ones of us entrepreneurs that keep going no matter what time it is, good or bad, will eventually see a nice measurement of success in some form or fashion due to the constant willingness to work hard and move forward. Throughout the entire time, gaining confidence which will allow an entrepreneur to succeed in other goals, because the wisdom and persistence is already there and practiced.
I met this guy who’s father owned a successful tow service, and he told me his father was always venting to him about how the business had seemed to hit its peak. So the son, who is trying to take over the tow company, decided that it was time for a change in how the business was ran. He wasn’t sure how to do it, or where to begin, all he knew was that whatever he tried, he was going to go all in with it. He invested in new trucks to compete with the local competition, hired new employees to carry the work load, and invested in local marketing to get his business well known and out in the public. After several rough patches and not giving up, the business has finally reached the level his father desired.
This is inspiring because it show that if one puts in the amount of effort needed and more, including taking the risks that involved with this level of effort, that it is very likely that success will become of it.
In the words of Grant Cardone, “Take Massive Action”.