Posted: Tuesday 13 July 2010
A faith based endeavour is a lonely and difficult undertaking. Believing in something that is unproven or different than the status quo leaves you open to ridicule and self doubt. I would argue that being an entrepreneur is no different than being an artist. Both are creative lines of work full of uncertainty and misunderstanding.
Artistic and entrepreneurial lines of work are filled with people who somehow didn't fit the traditional educational systems or career marketplaces. Self doubt is a creeeping, niggling, chattering voice whispering in the back of most entrepreneurial minds.
"I can't", "the bank told me..."," there's a million widgets like mine...","if only I could find a REAL job..." become the sneaky inner voice fueled by a culture that glorifies the entrepreneur that `made it` and teaches everyone else not to bother trying.
There's no definitive answer for an entrepreneur as to when they should push through the doubt and failure to see the dream through, or pack up and join their friends in the cubicles of the world collecting a `real paycheque`. All I know is that when I'm having a crappy (day/month/year- insert yours here!) it's time to seek inspiration and find a reminder about why I started in the first place.
Go! Find yourself a mentor, collaborator, leader, teacher, inspirer who can prop you back up!
Today I'm sharing an inspirational video from TEDX Talks.