Success is challenging; success is bloody, bloody, effing challenging!
I could fill a book with expletives of how challenging the road to success can be. It takes a lot of guts, blood, sweat and tears. No amount of wishing, of praying, and of visualising can take away the fact that to be successful you have to put in the work and it’s a bloody bed of roses with thorns for good measure….see how many times I’ve said the word ‘bloody’? Multiply it by a bloody million!
FYI – my definition of business/career success is lasting financial independence, which for me is multi-millions…but then that’s just me ;-).
To be successful you must make sacrifices of your time, your family, and your friends. Social life? What social life?! Time for serious dating? In your dreams, mate! For those who are partnered up and working towards a successful business/career, my sympathies to your partner; I’d like to say ‘give them a real big hug from me’ but you probably don’t see them long or often enough to give them proper quality hugs, do you?
This is why there are many, more unsuccessful people then successful because it’s not a walk in the park! Oh, I’m sure it’s easy enough to start a new business or a career, believing that it’ll make you rich. Most of the time people start businesses/careers for this reason and not because they are really passionate about it. They believe the business or career will be the vehicle that will bring them wealth, what they don’t realise is how challenging the road to success, real success – with lasting financial freedom – can be. People don’t realise how much you have to sacrifice, be it your time and/or your sleep. The mistakes you’ll make, the rejections along the way, the loneliness and, sometimes, the mockery you encounter.
This is why, I believe, you have to absolutely love what you’ve chosen to do. It’s the love and passion of the business/career that will keep you going when you encounter rejection and failure along the way (because you definitely will!); when you have to stay up late working, no matter how tired you are from lack of sleep. And when your friends/family are complaining that you don’t spend as much time with them; it’s the love that makes you keep saying ‘it’s not long now, I’ll get there’.
I can remember days of getting up at 4.30am in the morning to get ready for work and being up until 12am the next morning still working away, and then going to bed at 1am only to wake up a few hours later at 4.30am! Days like these that all I just wanted to do was cry like a baby from sheer exhaustion and the only thing I looked forward to was the weekend…..just to sleep! And the rejections? Don’t even get me started on those!
I’ve cancelled dates, pleaded sickness to friends so that I can work…or even sleep!
But yet, I have continued and still continue to work on my business because I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love what I do, the business I’ve started. My eyes light up when I talk about the business, the services we provide, the clients, when I talk about where I want the business to be in 3, 5 and even 10 years time.
Success is challenging but not impossible.
The success potential of my business is mind-blowing, it’s adrenaline-filling. The input required is fit only for Gladiators as indicated by Will Smith in the quote below:
‘The only thing I see that is distinctly different about me is that I’m not afraid to DIE on a treadmill. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, but if we get on a treadmill together there are two things that will happen…
- You’re getting off first,
- I’m gonna DIE.
It’s really that simple.’
Oh yes, the road to success is definitely not for wimps.