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Becoming an entrepreneur is one of the most exciting and fulfilling decisions you will ever make. You can literally take an idea and turn it into a thriving business model, while (hopefully) making a positive impact on the world around you. However, this isn’t to say that choosing entrepreneurship means taking the easy path — quite the opposite. The daily grind of forming and operating your own business can be overwhelming to the point that many people throw in the towel altogether.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you already know what it’s like. You probably get caught in a seemingly endless web of to-do lists on a daily basis. To make things worse, you are the one in charge. It may sound like a dream come true, at first, but taking the driver’s seat also means taking responsibility for the success (or failure) of the business, and that you hold the financial well-being of yourself and your employees in the palm of your hands. That’s a lot of pressure for anyone to take on.
Then, you’ve got the negative feedback loop that’s constantly playing in your head. Pretty much every idea or business venture in existence has had its fair share of detractors. Chances are that yours is no different. People will tell you that your idea is bad or that you’re doing things wrong. They will publicly criticize your business, launch personal attacks against your character and just generally pile a huge amount of negativity onto your lap without remorse, even though criticism is often from people who’ve never made the decision to build something from scratch. If you’re like me, you also criticize yourself endlessly, adding even more material to the negative feedback loop.
It’s enough to make you wonder if all the excitement and fulfillment of entrepreneurship is even worth it. Fortunately, I can confirm unequivocally that it is; you just have to figure out how to wade through the negativity and overcome the day-to-day pressures. And, more than anything else, you’ve got to learn how to stay positive.
Getting over ‘the wall’
Marathon runners often refer to “the wall,” a physical and psychological barrier that
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The Key to Staying Positive in the High-Pressure World of Entrepreneurship