Being your own boss is the American dream. The freedom to work for yourself and to be able to carve your own path, and determine your destiny is what most people strive for. The problem is, the road to success is not an easy one. The reality is that entrepreneurship is hard work and often comes with major setbacks. These setbacks can sometimes make you feel like a failure, or that you’re not good enough, but the key is to never give up.
Great things take time.
Before Mark Zuckerberg, JK Rowling, or Jeff Bezos became household names, they had plenty of failures and setbacks. At 23 years old, Jeff Bezos was flipping burgers at McDonalds and JK Rowling was broke. Walt Disney and Milton Hershey both filed for bankruptcy. Max Levchin, one of the co-founders of Paypal had 4 businesses fail, before he struck gold. Richard Branson has had plenty of business flops, including Virgin Cola, Virgin Cars, Virgin Brides, and Virgin Digital.
Often people see the money and fame, and don’t think about the hardships and struggles that got these successful business entrepreneurs to where they are today. If there is a true secret to success, it’s to work hard and never give up.
If you truly want something, then strive to make it a reality, and work at it every day. Nelson Mandela once said “A winner is a dreamer who never gave up.” I truly believe that. The big difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is the ability to keep going when the going gets tough.
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