I was checking my email this morning and a new start-up founder asked me the following:
"P.s. how did you stay focused and motivated with so many obstacles and uncertainties when you were first starting takelessons?"
Great question and something all entrepreneurs will face. Here's my answer:
Thanks for the note.
The obstacles are like the first down marker on a football field. You have to get to them and run past them in order to stay in the game. But the first down marker – and the challenge necessary to get there – is only temporary. What counts is the end zone – the big WHY behind what you're trying to accomplish.
Never lose sight of the end zone. It is much further away than today's challenges and more fulfilling than any smaller obstacle that is present now.
The uncertainties are as much a part of the business as rhythm is part of any good song. Learn to get very comfortable with it and thrive on it. The perils are half of what makes the game fun.
That's the way I look at it. I know I'm in for a long hike, so I put out of my mind any sort of short-term gratification. It seems to help keep me on the right path.
Just my two cents worth…