So You Call Yourself an Entrepreneur.

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So you call yourself an entrepreneur—a pioneer. Here to establish a new niche market or invent some life-saving cure. Maybe you simply idealize the benefits of self-employment.

What then, may I ask are you doing above and beyond normal routine that’s breathing life into your dream?

What drives you?

What motivates your potential?

Are you waking each day and striving towards some goal or ambition?

Does it surge through you—your passion?

Have you driven yourself to the point of exhaustion, failure and defeat?

Have you given up yet—resorted to a life of obscurity?

If you’re still comfortable and believe that all that’s awaiting your heart’s desires is ordinary effort, then whatever it is you’re passionate about will always remain outside of your grasp.

Nothing truly worth achieving is going to be within arm’s reach when we set out to accomplish it.

It should seem nearly if not utterly impossible—whatever’s standing between you and your imagined reality.

Your motivation should be seated in unrealistic expectations and delusional fantasy if you truly wish to break the f*cking mold that society has imposed upon you.

There’s only one way to leveraging your success—through the storm of relentless commitment. Daunting courage in the face of fear; trembling; sweating; panicking; wondering how you’re going to feed yourself or pay the bills.

Constant uncertainty and discomfort….

Misery, heartache and tears—emotional catastrophe and the brink of collapse at any given moment will shadow your progress every step of the way. Shying away from your greatness because the intensity of a new life scares the living sh*t out of you will certainly loom.

False bravado will make you stand out like a sore thumb and lack of experience treading new waters will leave you gasping for air. Midnight panic attacks, broken-off relationships and loss of all perceived comforts will make you feel inadequate.

Yet, somewhere deep down within your soul, something continues urging your self-imposed limitations off the cliff until one by one, you’ve finally shed enough of what’s held you back from your success.

A glimmer of hope will arrive on the horizon, but it will still be out of your reach. People, being the skeptics that they are will lack the vision you have to see your dream through. They’ll have to see it to believe it before even considering the idea of celebrating you. Until then, you’ll be just another bum—a has-been or more likely a has-been not.

Many people will envy your growth and will not adorn you with support or encouragement.

Steer clear of these types of people. When you’re confronted by them, know your elevator pitch—express your humility in the work you’ve deliberately set out to do and reveal only as much as you’ve already accomplished.

Leave the work to be done in the oven; in the darkness. There’s a saying, “Never talk your good away too soon.”

Have you ever felt like as soon as you shared your enthusiasm with someone, it’s suddenly like the luster has been lost and instead, discouragement prevails?

This reflects a lack of belief and conviction in our own work and is being outwardly expressed as skepticism by others. Regardless of whether you fully believe in yourself in any given moment, learn to avoid damaging the potential energy with polluted ideals or the limiting beliefs of others.

Persist, through waking and resting periods. Creativity knows no boundaries and if inspiration arrives at 3 a.m. get up and jot down whatever it is your intuition is revealing. Rise and set early. Turn down obligations and spend the extra time it takes outside of your normal life to work on whatever it is that propels you.

What compels you to act—to do?

Let the critics sit on the sidelines and learn to overshadow their pessimism with your own vibrant optimism. Selective hearing—dogs, children and elderly people have mastered this.

Quit being lazy and procrastinating—spend your money wisely and better yet, save wisely. Minimize your debt obligations and be willing to spend the hours, days, weeks, months and years it will take to realize your fruitful endeavor. Run towards whatever gets you closer to this new life and away from whatever will seek to destroy it. Misery loves company.

Saying but cancels all forward momentum; stop making excuses and start acting. Energy must move to groove. Give up the excess in life and learn to love simplicity now. Explore passageways that lead to happiness, joy and fulfillment while you build this empire because attaining it does not buy the fundamental properties that innately exist within us.

We must cultivate that which we wish for to grow and bear abundance.

Remember, hours of busy work does not equate to productivity. One or two hours of thorough productive work each day is far more advantageous and effective than the illusory eight, 10 or 12 that might make us feel like we’re accomplishing something.

Do not jump on the hamster wheel.

Curb the substances that fog your judgement. Ditch the people who accept their lackluster reality. Get out of town—literally. Move someplace foreign to your senses, where you’ll be forced to come into your own without the home town judgement.

Another saying, “We become like the five people we’re around most.” Look around you and determine if you’re surrounded by winners or losers. I’m sorry to sound trite, but are you inspired by people who’ve attained their own success or dwelling with what I call time-wasters who value social hour more than genuine productivity and advancement?

What are you willing to lose in order to gain?

What’s worthy of sacrifice so that your commitment leads to success?

There’s only one thing stopping you in your tracks—the failure to act.

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