How to Stay in the Entrepreneurship Game When the Game Gets Hard

Speaking from experience, deciding to be an entrepreneur will change your life and is one of the best things you’ll ever do. It involves turning your back on the status quo, walking away from social conventions, and not settling for less than you deserve. Becoming an entrepreneur often means you are following your passion.

Staying strong and moving forward won’t always be easy. There will be hard days, weeks, even months. It’s important to stay focused on your why and what got you into this entrepreneur game in the first place. Your hard work will pay off.

This choice is one that requires commitment, consistency, and the willingness to face fears head-on. Put in the time and you will reap the rewards. Your life will be full of happiness and success because of your hard work.

Here are a few tips to help you find the courage to keep moving forward, experience incredible fulfillment, and be unapologetically you when things get difficult.

  1. Think about the people in your life.
    Most likely you became an entrepreneur in part so you’d have more time and money to spend with and on the people in your life. But someone forgot to tell you it can be a struggle, and in the beginning, there will be many days you consider throwing in the towel and going back to working for someone else. Don’t do it.

Every day you will be working hard in your business and as an entrepreneur that will not change. As you are racing forward, it’s even more important to go deeper with the people already in your life. Express your gratitude for them and continue to connect with them. On the days you struggle, these people will be your source of encouragement and will be your ever faithful cheerleaders.

  1. Think about your why.
    Why are you doing what you are doing? It’s definitely not for the money, especially in the beginning. More than likely it’s for freedom, an exciting life, and the challenge. Being an entrepreneur is a calling, and on the difficult challenging days you have to remember that you have a vision to fulfill.

Work-life balance can’t be your why, because as an entrepreneur your life is work, and it’s going to be hard. Many days will be filled with long, hard hours. You are working to build a life where every day, regardless of whether you are working or not, is something you never want to escape or change. Work toward creating a harmony of life, not work-life balance.

Ten years ago I knew I wanted to be fearless, inspiring, and confident. Getting clear on who I wanted to be allowed me to design a life that brings out that aspirational version of myself. With a crystal clear vision, I am able to continually evolve into a better version of myself. My goals may change and my vision may look different, but ultimately, I still want to be fearless, inspiring, and confident.

  1. Come back to what you can control.
    You will always be in control of your own attitude. Sure, circumstances may affect it, but ultimately you choose how you react to those circumstances.

It’s important to always stay grounded, and remembering to practice self-care is vital to preventing burn-out and staying focused. In the early stages of building your business, it is likely that you are also working a full-time job. You are showing up for your day job and working hard in your business. You need to cultivate the grit and energy to keep working and not get burned out.

Take time to recharge, recommit, and refocus. Make sure you are celebrating your wins. Don’t overlook your successes, and then set a new goal and go after it.

Practicing gratitude daily is another method I use to remain humble and focused on why. Creating a daily ritual of practicing gratitude is just as important as daily self-care.

By keeping yourself focused, strong, and grateful, you will be able to double down when the going gets tough.

10 Essential Characteristics of extremely victorious Entrepreneurs

Owning a business isn’t for everyone. The stress and hard work that come with it makes many people unwilling to dive in.

It takes a special kind of person to be an entrepreneur – to come up with an idea and put that idea into action. But not all ideas work out. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that 50% of small businesses fail within the first four years. Not a big vote of confidence for quitting your job and becoming an entrepreneur.

But entrepreneurs don’t see the risk: they see the reward. As an entrepreneur myself, I know how to put the time and effort in to make my dream a reality.

If you want to be an entrepreneur, you need to have the right personality and the right attitude. Here are 10 essential characteristics to be successful as an entrepreneur:

1. Creative

Entrepreneurship starts with an idea. To be successful, you need to always be thinking of new ideas and better ways of doing things.

In an interview in Martyn Lewis’s book “Reflections on Success,” Virgin Airlines founder Richard Branson said, “I’ve gone into business, not to make money, but because I think I can do it better than it’s been done elsewhere. And, quite often, just out of personal frustration about the way it’s been done by other people.”

Entrepreneurs are not satisfied with the status quo. They think outside the box and look for opportunities to come up with new solutions.

2. Passionate

Perhaps the most important characteristic for entrepreneurs, passion is essential to any business owner or working professional’s success. Without passion, there is no reason for your work and no drive to do it.

Entrepreneurs love what they do and are extremely dedicated to the businesses they create. To be successful, you must be confident in yourself and your business, and you must be proactive with what you do and how you do it.

3. Motivated

In an interview with The Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program, the late Apple founder Steve Jobs said, “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

Because of their passion for their ideas, entrepreneurs are willing to put in the long hours and hard work required to launch and run a successful new business. Are you self-motivated? Entrepreneurs are their own boss, which means there’s no one telling them to do things. You must be in charge of your own time and how you spend it.

4. Optimistic

Do you see the glass half empty or half full? For entrepreneurs, it’s always half full. Entrepreneurs always look on the bright side and are constant dreamers. They look at how they can do things better and make the world a better place. They never dwell on the past or the negative. Instead, they focus on moving forward and moving up.

When they’re confronted with challenges, entrepreneurs don’t see them as problems; they see them as opportunities. Challenges fuel entrepreneurs and make them reach higher and do more.

5. Future-oriented

Because entrepreneurs are focused on moving forward, they are always looking toward the future. Entrepreneurs are very goal-oriented and know exactly what they want. They set their goals and everything they do is aimed at achieving those goals.

Having a strong vision helps propel you toward accomplishment. Consider setting a goal for yourself – a north star that can guide you on your path to success.

6. Persuasive

To be successful in business, you have to know business. If you’re a people person and know how to get people to listen to you, you could be a successful entrepreneur.

Especially when first starting out, entrepreneurs need to gain buy-in from those around them on their big idea. If it’s an out-of-the-box idea, which it usually is, many people will be skeptical before giving their support or investing any money. That’s why entrepreneurs need to use their persuasiveness to sell themselves and their ideas.

7. Flexible

According to professional development coach Ruchira Agrawal in an article for Monster, “As an entrepreneur, you’ll typically start out as a ‘solopreneur,’ meaning you will be on your own for a while. You may not have the luxury of hiring a support staff initially. Therefore, you will end up wearing several different hats, including secretary, bookkeeper and so on.”

Entrepreneurs know how to adapt to unfamiliar situations. If their business requires that they learn how to build a website or send an invoice, they’ll do it. Whatever it takes, entrepreneurs are ready and willing. They always approach things with an open mind and are willing to change course if they need to.

8. Resourceful

In business, problems aren’t a matter of if, but when. Entrepreneurs do not shy away from challenges or conflicts. Instead, they face them head on and come up with a solution. They know how to solve problems effectively.

Entrepreneurs also know how to make the most of what they have. Time, money and effort are never used haphazardly. Everything has a plan and a purpose.

9. Adventurous

In an interview with Y Combinator president Sam Altman, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said, “In a world that’s changing so quickly, the biggest risk you can take is not taking any risk.”

Entrepreneurs know that to be successful, they must be willing to take risks. While they don’t mind walking on the wild side, they don’t take risks lightly. They know how to plan for the unknown and make a calculated decision that is best for them and their business.

10. Decisive

There is no room for procrastination in business. Entrepreneurs know what needs to be done and don’t hesitate to make the decisions that will lead them to success. They don’t let opportunities pass them by; instead, they seize the day and get the job done.