TAKE EVERY CHANCE.
DROP EVERY FEAR.
Success is not for the weak at heart. It’s a never-ending investment of time, energy, ego and sacrifice. It is a lonely journey, because in most cases, the money is not there to fund a team — you are the team.
We all play the odds in some way, but to what extent are you willing to sacrifice everything you have based off the unwavering confidence you have in yourself?
The speed with which technology propels business today as opposed to just 10 years ago is the difference between millions in profit over a very short period of time for one business, compared to millions lost overnight for another.
However, for the obsessed entrepreneur, the one emotion you don’t want to experience is REGRET. If you’re young enough and have really good mentors, you can, but, if the rear-view mirror is all you focus on, you’re going to have live with it.
Entrepreneurs live off a simple philosophy – NO RISK, NO REWARD.
Successful entrepreneurs spend a tremendous amount of time on the most meticulous details to test every theory against their ideas. They don’t ask themselves “how can it succeed”, but rather, “how can it fail?” They are obsessed with the research, data, analytics and input. They strive to make the impossible possible.
They refine their concepts — sometimes for years — before the first returns ever come to fruition. You see, great things never come from comfort zones; it takes courage, patience and numerous rejections to succeed.
There are plenty of examples of familiar names who lived off ambition as opposed to a paycheck:
- Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks) was a bartender until the age of 25
- Suze Orman (Finance/Stockbroker) was a waitress until the age of 31
- Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands Hotels) sold shampoo until the age of 30
- K. Rowling (Harry Potter) was single mom on welfare until the age of 31
Was it luck, or was it the sense of adventure to prove everybody wrong and beat the odds beyond all expectations? The only plan guaranteed to fail is one without taking risks. Great achievements take great risk.
When these folks see the return on their investment, they don’t think in terms of how much money they made. They think of how much more they could have made had they executed it in another way. It’s not that they are greedy; they are perfectionists.
Unless you are willing to push the limits, success will elude you. Success requires action, how else would you measure their achievements? Be bold and have the ambition to turn your dreams into reality. You only live once, why not create the legacy of an anomaly?
Start with cleaning out the garage, though . . .
Leadership is a privilege.