Most entrepreneurs I know love what they do and relentlessly drive to make their vision a reality. I hear a common theme from them about how hard it is sometimes, and they ask, “why does it have to be SO hard?”
At least once a month I ask myself, why does it feel like there is a perpetual brick wall standing between me and my vision to sell my biz for tens of millions of dollars?
The answer is simple.
Why does the brick wall exist for entrepreneurs?
My buddy, Bill Roth, who is also a parent entrepreneur, posted an article online about why you should continue to work on an idea that might be “bad,” and in it was the following quote that perfectly explained the reason for the brick wall:
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!” – Randy Pausch
That makes a ton of sense to me. As we know, if it were easy, everyone would be killing it.
I riff all the time about how persistence > patience, but patience still matters. Yesterday I saw this graphic about the perseverance of the creators of the über popular game, Angry Birds:
How many of us would have quit after not having success 51 times, then almost going broke? Those guys stared down the brick wall, pounded away at it, then broke through it.
And I love that quote underneath the graphic:
There is no failure except in no longer trying. – Ebert Hubbard
The telltale signs your purpose is calling
For me, being an entrepreneur is what I believe I was put on this earth to do, as well as to inspire others to be the same. Mario Armstrong shared this Mark Twain quote in one of his videos and it’s easily one of my favorites now:
The two most important days in your life are the day you’re born and the day you figure out why. – Mark Twain
I love this brief discussion by Oprah about how you know your purpose is calling. Here’s a summary of how it goes:
- You get the call to be on purpose
- You’re like, “don’t ask me to do this”
- You begin the journey
- Then comes the road of trials
The road of trials is the same thing as the brick wall.
Again, if it were easy, everyone would be successful.
The greatest thing since sliced bread
I love the story about how the guy who invented sliced bread struggled for 10 years to make sliced bread the greatest thing since, well, sliced bread. It wasn’t until Wonder bread came along that sliced bread became a thing.
So, if you believe in what you’re doing, find a way to keep after it and you will eventually break through the brick wall.
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