A few months ago, I met with a fellow marketer and writer. She asked how the first year of being fully self-employed had gone. I half-shrugged and said, “Well, you know how the first year is.”
“Yup,” she replied. “Brutal.”
For those of you who have been entrepreneurs for any length of time, you likely know what she’s talking about. Owning your own business isn’t all roses. And yet, as you grow as an entrepreneur, you’ll see that there are so many reasons to stay the course.
In a recent article, Andrew Medal describes four lessons most entrepreneurs have to learn, sometimes the hard way. From not getting too overly attached to your first idea to hiring the right people at the right time, understanding what and what not to do assuredly can make the path of entrepreneurship smoother.
“You’ll have lots of unexpected twists and turns along your entrepreneurial journey,” Medal notes. “Fortunately, you can learn from people who’ve already been there and done that.”
Surviving entrepreneurship, and succeeding at it, takes knowing up-front that things won’t go as planned. And when nothing seems to be going right, knowing what you can and can’t control and showing yourself some grace can mean the difference between giving your business another day and giving up on it entirely.
As Priyadarshini Patwa explains, “You have to believe that what you have begun is worth everything. Your hard work has a price tag and despite all odds, things will fall in your favour.”
No matter what stage of the entrepreneurial journey you may be in, remember why you had that dream to start your own business in the first place. And if you’re thinking of venturing down this path, know this: with a little guidance, hard work, and a lot of faith, you will survive entrepreneurship. Better yet, you’ll succeed at it.