Feeling Like Giving Up? Read This Before You Do
What do anger, shame, remorse, guilt, frustration, overwhelm, indecisiveness, scarcity, and fear all have in common? When an emotional response occurs, the amygdala – the part of the brain most often referred to as “snake brain” takes hold, causing you to “process” the emotions. What’s actually happening then is that we’re living a memory from the past in the now – a form of time travel: the mind knows no different.
It’s up to you how you want to leave it though. The way you feel is determined by how you linked those two things. The way you feel when you’re triggered again is about how you link them now. When you’re inspired, it’s the same except you’re applying excitement or fear to the life you could have, not the life you do.
Why Entrepreneurs Give Up
Whether or not to give up. It’s the question that hits every aspiring entrepreneur at some point. It’s rooted in the deepest of anxieties.
It’s scary because some business ideas SHOULD be given up on.
But there’s only one reason you should ever quit. Before we get to that, we’re going to list off all the insidious, bullshit, self-deception reasons that cause entrepreneurs to give up on their dreams.
You’re about to read ten far too common reasons that entrepreneurs use to give up on good business ideas prematurely.
Because of these different types of toxic thinking, people cheat themselves out of hope and possibility. They give up, and lose their ticket to the most powerful personal-growth experience of all: Taking a business idea and turning it into an empire.
Perseverance – The MOST Important Quality of Entrepreneurs
Perseverance (noun) – persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Perseverance in entrepreneurship is necessary if you seek success.
The hardest part in entrepreneurship isn’t finding the initial spark. It’s a few months in (or even years), once you realize your business isn’t moving as fast as you want it to.
Every entrepreneur has a day where they are launching. They think, “This is it, I’m about to kill it. I’m finally going to start bringing in some real money.” Then majority of the time, it falls flat on its face. This happens to many people because we learn through failure.
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powel
It would be awesome if your business succeeds on the first try but that rarely ever happens. Most of success comes from doing your best and then learning from what did or didn’t work. This does not give you an excuse to fail. Every attempt is still a shot at success. However, when you fail, you must understand why and improve the next time.
Deliberate practice refers to a special type of practice that is purposeful and systematic. While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance.
The Qualities That Define a Successful Entrepreneur
Being a successful entrepreneur means more than starting new ventures every other day. It means the right attitude towards a business and the determination and grit to achieve success.
A successful entrepreneur has a strong inner drive that helps him or her to succeed. Let us take a look at the qualities that go into making a successful entrepreneur.
An entrepreneur should be excited by the prospect of work. They should always have a strong drive to succeed and overcome obstacles. They should not only set big goals for themselves but also see that they are actually committed to achieving them regardless of the countless setbacks that occur.
A successful entrepreneur always has a strong sense of self-confidence and a healthy opinion of their skills and abilities. Their personality is assertive and strong. They are always focused and do not really dilly dally with the issues at hand. This is what makes them different from the rest.
An entrepreneur should always be on the lookout for new innovations and ideas in order to emerge as a winner. They should constantly reinvent themselves and think of better ways to run a business and improvise on the products and services offered by them.
How to Open New Doors of Opportunity and Wake Up Fulfilled
Everyone is screaming to live a meaningful life and do something that matters. You look on all the bookshelves and at social media influencers, it’s a common message to find your passion. It begs the question though, are those same people living the life they desire? I am sure many are living a life fulfilled but there are so many that aren’t.
If that was the case, we would not be fighting against an identity crisis. The majority of the world would not be living in stress, anxiety and wake up every morning fighting to get out of society’s imposed rat race. We know at a basic level that life is meant to be filled with excitement and that we desire to have an impact.
The problem is that most individuals do not understand this, otherwise people would not continue to open up the same doors to life. Those doors include going to school, getting a degree, finding a job, getting married, having kids and then crossing your fingers that you work hard enough for 40-50 years in order to actually start enjoying your life!
How To CAPITALIZE on Your Opportunities
Jonathan Frederick is the host of a successful podcast called the Heart Healthy Hustle Show. He specializes in interviewing force for good entrepreneurs and is a student of life. In this G-FORCE Influencer Interview, Britnie Turner, Founder and CEO of Aerial and G-Force Mastermind, talks with Jonathan about the blessings in disguise and how we can capitalize on current opportunities.
““There’s a difference between taking advantage of a crisis and capitalizing on an opportunity that is happening during a crisis.” – Jonathan Frederick
Jonathan describes pain as the catalyst for his podcast. During a period of being “broke” in all areas of his life, his faith steered him in the direction to serve the greater good. Today he shares 3 practical exercises to help you realize your gifts, unique abilities and understanding that your voice matters.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney, founder Disney
What is the Difference Between Possibility and Opportunity?
They have two very distinct meanings yet I hear those two words used interchangeably a lot. Possibility means something might happen if you do it yourself whereas Opportunity means if someone gives you a set of circumstances that you adhere to, it might happen. I can see why people use it either way at times. Yet one you have more direct control over than the other.
I have been given lots of “opportunities” over the years. At the very beginning of my business I remember people telling me that if I did something for them at no charge it would by my opportunity to demonstrate my skillset. Hmmm, well maybe they were on to something? However, after a while I could see that they couldn’t see any value in what I did and I was being “had”.
Yet when I was offered a “possibility”, it was up to me if it happened or not. It was made possible for me to be on the team for the Social Media Summit Ireland 2 years ago. It was easily one of the most transformative times of my career. I say this because I took the initiative and worked on this for free. In return I was given valuable experience, access (to speakers and the event) and met some amazingly talented people that I have since worked with and strengthened other relationships I had already had.
4 Entrepreneurs on What Made Them Take the Leap into Business Ownership
Every entrepreneur has a different story when it comes to what made him or her finally take the leap into launching that first business.
For some, it’s a choice made in hopes of finding more freedom and flexibility. For others, it’s an opportunity to grow and challenge themselves beyond what they can do in a normal job.
We wanted to hear some real stories from different entrepreneurs to see what it was that made them finally take the leap at start their own business journeys.
Ready To Take The Entrepreneurial Leap? Read This Business Visionary’s Advice First.
Do you have visions of owning your own business someday? Then you just might be an entrepreneur.
However, even if you fantasize about becoming your own boss, that doesn’t mean entrepreneurship is the answer— according to Gino Wickman, the innovative mind behind the groundbreaking Entrepreneurial Operating System, founder of EOS Worldwide, and author of the bestselling book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business.
Gino wrote his most recent book, Entrepreneurial Leap: Do You Have What It Takes to Become an Entrepreneur? as the ultimate resource for budding entrepreneurs. It’s packed with wisdom that only someone with decades of business-building experience—someone like Gino Wickman—could offer.
As a business owner who has benefited from Gino’s expertise myself, I was thrilled to chat with him about everything entrepreneurship. Throughout our conversation, he discussed how aspiring entrepreneurs can learn if that life is right for them, and if so, what they can do to jumpstart their journey.
Two Ways Entrepreneurs Can Turn Perfectionism Into Progress
We’ve all had experiences where we attempted to start a new project, but struggled to make progress and complete it. However, the reason we haven’t completed that project isn’t because we are lazy, unmotivated, or didn’t have the time. The real reason is because of a sneaky little affliction called perfectionism.
Over the last few weeks, two friends (who are also entrepreneurs) decided to finally launch new websites for their businesses. The problem is, each of them had been kicking around the idea for months and still had nothing to show for it.
The problem wasn’t their motivation, abilities, or that they were too busy. Rather, perfectionism was preventing them from making progress. Perfectionism caused them to get distracted by all the potential details and decisions that could be made in the process of creating a website. In the end, this lack of focus prevented them from making progress.
Work Life Balance For Women Entrepreneurs!
Balancing professional and personal life is a challenge for everyone these days; more so, for women. Given the traditional way our society looks up at our women, they are expected to maintain both, their work as well as their family life, perfectly. With the emergence of more and more women as entrepreneurs and businesswomen, it is very important to learn how so many women these days are handling their work and personal life so nicely.
Women of the 21st centuries can be easily referred as superwomen! They not only manage a total 9-5 job but also make sure that there home is not falling apart. They deal with both, domestic responsibilities and work-place related stress. They handle business meetings and conferences smoothly and, at the end of the day, have spent quality time with their family. How do they do that? How do they constantly maintain the balance between work and life? It sure isn’t easy.
Five Steps For Female Entrepreneurs To Minimize Stress
Since opening our business 15 years ago, my business and life partner and I have experienced just about every possible pitfall that entrepreneurship can throw at us, including government audits. In that same period, we raised our oldest son and had three more wonderful children. I’ve nursed an elderly family member, caring for their end-of-life needs, renovated two homes, maintained a happy marriage and kept my sanity most of the time. So when I talk about stress, I am speaking from a position of knowledge and understanding.
As I see it, life is made up of three elements: personal life, work and home. I have learned that if one of these elements is out of kilter, life can become stressful, and negative thoughts can dominate your mind to the point where you become unproductive. When two elements are unstable, it overwhelms your thinking to the degree that it is hard to get anything done at home or at work. It takes a very emotionally and physically strong woman to consistently and personally see to the needs of others, which is essentially what you do as a business owner.
How does one build strength?
6 Things Women in Business Know That Men Don’t
A dear friend of mine once said, “Life turns you into an expert at things you never chose to become an expert at.” This resonates with me a lot as an entrepreneur and mother of two. It’s one of the worst stereotypes these days to see a businesswoman who is also a mother and ask, “How do you do it?” Do men ever get asked that?
The fact of the matter is, female entrepreneurs have a whole different skill set than their male counterparts, and this is out of necessity. Far be it from me to look at this and think that we’re forced, kicking and screaming, to learn to work harder, smarter, and more efficiently than our male peers. In my experience, it’s best to approach the challenges by thinking, this is a gift.
16 Ways Working Women Can De-Stress and Decompress at Work
Have you ever had one of those days where you sit down at your desk and never look up from your computer til the sun has gone down? Ever had one of those days when you end the day tightly wound and needing a stiff drink and a lot of self-care? Yes, us too. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can leave work more relaxed than when you arrived. De-stressing during your workday — using a number of methods, from meditation to a walk — is important, and there are many ways that can help working women de-stress at work in less than 30 minutes.
Take a walk… It’s the easiest thing to do to de-stress at work and costs nothing. Take a walk outside. See the sun. Breathe the air. Don’t take your phone. If you can, work up a smallish sweat to get your heart rate pumping. If there’s a nearby park or trail, head there and “forest bathe.” (Forest bathing, or “Shinrin-yoku,” for the uninitiated, is simply, walking or sitting amongst many trees). Walking, even as a little as 20 or 30 minutes, according to studies cited by Prevention magazine, “can have the same calming effect as a mild tranquilizer.” One book, Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being, discusses the benefits of walking for mood.
8 Funny and Relatable Experiences That All Entrepreneurs Go Through
The road to becoming an entrepreneur is often difficult, treacherous and filled with unexpected roadblocks and detours. Those who embark on this journey do so because they are driven, independent-minded and probably a little crazy. In a good way, of course!
The most successful entrepreneurs have a clever mind, strong business acumen and a deep and abiding sense of humor that keeps them going when they hit the inevitable rough patches that come with any business.
If you’ve ever hit a tough spot, know that you aren’t alone. Here are 8 experiences showing that all entrepreneurs go through challenges. The trick is to keep your head up and keep moving forward.
9 Of The Craziest Things Founders Have Done To Make Their Startups Successful
We’ve all heard the stories of people dropping out of college to work on their startups, living on their friends’ couches, or eating ramen every day for a month.
Some ambitious entrepreneurs take this to the next level, going the extra mile to make their businesses successful.
We’ll take a look at the lengths startup founders go to get their companies off the ground, from AirBnB’s wacky fundraising side-business to PayPal giving away money to get initial users to join.