Every successful entrepreneur was scared. You have a choice. You can let your fears hold you back, or you can let those fears fuel you to do whatever it takes to succeed. Complacency is the enemy of achievement. Fortunately, the fear of not achieving your dreams can drive complacency away. You just have to decide you’re more afraid of not trying than of not succeeding.
Being an entrepreneur takes courage, passion and a crazy commitment. You have to pick yourself up when you hit low points. You need to be your own cheerleader and seek out mentors who will also be cheerleaders. You must push through the roadblocks. And, to retain your sanity, you need to celebrate achievements.
Doubting is normal when you become an entrepreneur. But don’t give into the doubts. Here are three excuses some people use to give up before they’ve even given themselves a chance to get started on their entrepreneurial journey.
Excuse #1 — I’d have to quit my job to start my own business
Wrong! Every business will have an initial start-up phase and unless you’re independently wealthy, you’ll need to keep money coming in to support yourself and fund your business.
I know … you probably dream of telling your boss that you quit. But leaving your current job won’t seem so satisfying when you’re scrounging for dollars to keep your dream afloat. And, if you’re thinking about starting a company just so you can tell your boss to “take this job and … well you know what,” you’re not starting with the proper mindset.
Excuse #2 — It’s not the right time
This excuse reeks of procrastination. And procrastinators typically aren’t successful entrepreneurs. There may never be the “perfect” time to strike out on your own and start a business. You can always find some reason not to move forward. But, to be successful, you need to put one foot in front of the other and not look back.
There is never a perfect time to start your own business. Yet, anytime is the perfect time to start your own business.
If you have set a goal; understand what need your business is filling in the marketplace; have analyzed your competition and why they’re succeeding or failing; can confidently articulate your unique selling proposition; and are able to identify your target audience and motivate them, you’re prepared. It’s the right time!
Excuse #3 – I need to find funding first
Entrepreneurs are masters of the art and science of accomplishing more with less … less money, less people, less time, less everything.
You will never, ever have “enough” cash or capital or funding. If you don’t have enough money to launch your business the way you plan, then change your plan.
You can’t always control what you have, but you can control what you choose to do with what you do have.
You Have A Choice
If these excuses are stopping you from being an entrepreneur, you have a choice to make … are you going to allow them to stop you or are you going to toss them aside and push through to achieve success?