The idea of starting your own business and being your own boss is immensely appealing to a lot of people because it’s often equated with freedom, unlimited potential, and the ability to control your own destiny.
The reality of being successful in your own business is a lot different the fantasy, however. I’m reminded of a musical line from the 2003 movie School of Rock:
“It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll!”
(It’s actually a classic rock song from the band AC/DC, but I associate it with School of Rock.)
But whether you want to be a rock star, a published author, or a successful small business owner, you need to be willing to work hard, believe in yourself, and keep trying until you succeed.
Read the biography of almost any successful musician, actor, entrepreneur, or business mogul, and you’ll notice several qualities and characteristics being described which average people don’t seem to possess:
- Successful people view setbacks and “failure” as a temporary detour on the way to achieving their goals.
- They recognize the fact that they’re not the only talented, ambitious, goal-oriented individual in the world, and that they need to continually find ways to improve, ferret out opportunities, create opportunities, and market themselves more effectively.
- They don’t wonder IF they’ll be successful, they focus on WHEN.
So what are the main things to consider when starting a business? That’s actually a question I’ve given a lot of thought to since starting this blog, and have devoted several blog posts to the subject. I think you’ll find some helpful ideas and insights in these posts:
- Four Steps to Starting a Business
- FAQ: What Business Should I Start?
- Entrepreneurial Success Begins in Your Mind
If you’re serious about starting a business, I believe you have to approach it with a sense of purpose and commitment.
As the character Yoda famously said in the movie Star Wars…
“Do or do not. There is no ‘try’.”
Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on starting a business.
As you pursue your goals and dreams, keep this one thought in mind: “Persistence breaks down resistance!” (My father passed that along to me years ago, and I think it’s a great core thought to instill in your mind and reflect on whenever you’re tempted to get discouraged and quit.)
Best of luck!
Freelance writer, blogger, entrepreneur
Website: Marketing Survival Kit