You’ve made the decision to start your own small business. You’ve done your research, and you have created a solid business plan. You’re ready to rock-n-roll. What could possibly go wrong from this point forward? Well everything could still go wrong; nevertheless with a good business plan you should be able to avoid the mine field in front of you. However there is a potential road block that can undo your business plan. And that road block is you.
To be successful in a business start up requires perseverance. It requires you to keep your eye on the goal of succeeding and not giving up when the outcome of part of your plan doesn’t work out as you anticipated. Being successful requires flexibility; the ability to change direction when necessary.
Remember that America was built on entrepreneurial spirit. It’s even outlined in our Constitution, in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 when it states “by securing….the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”, in essence the right to have copyrights ands patents. So our Constitution supports creativity, and the spirit of a business start up.
Starting a small business is a tremendous opportunity for prosperity. You will encounter nay-sayers. For every reason you know you will succeed, there will be others who can give you twice as many reasons why you can’t succeed. This is where your perseverance needs to rise to the occasion.
Now is it possible your efforts may fail? Of course it is, but it doesn’t make you a failure. It just means that Plan A didn’t work, so now it’s time to incorporate Plan B. It’s been said that more people and businesses succeed because of Plan B, than Plan A, so don’t let a set back take you down for the count of ten. If you do get knocked down, make sure you land on your back so you’re always looking up.
Thomas Edison had more than 1000 patents, so he had more failures than successes. Henry Ford’s first company failed. Dr. Seuss’s first book was rejected by well over 20 publishers, but he didn’t give up and quit. He persevered, as did Oprah when she was fired from her first job as a reporter. She was considered as ‘unfit for T.V.’ Consider this; Abraham Lincoln lost his first 11 elections from 1832 through 1860. Imagine if he would have quit and simply given up. In the words of Michael Jordan, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life – and that is why I succeed.”
The point is that perseverance is imperative for success in any endeavor including starting a small business. When you go the extra mile, it isn’t very crowded. And that extra mile can make the difference in your pursuit of success with your business start up.