The idea that we all need to fit a certain mold in order to succeed has been thrown out the window a long time ago. Standing out has been the one key that has been consistent over every one of the business ventures I have started over the years.
While standing out sounds so sexy in the entrepreneur’s world right now, slowly I’m building a list of the things people tell me that will not work to build success. They want to follow the dream, but still have to pay the bills.
Many things will keep “wantrepreneurs” from achieving success as an entrepreneur. There are more things – excuses, really – on this list than we have time to talk about in just the one week we have.
Still, I wanted to have a week devoted to these myths, things that I hear people say that just are not true. Some of this was inspired as I watched all the news coverage the day of the Boston Bombings, building fear in the America people.
In the past two weeks, every time I walked into a McDonald’s they had the TV tuned on CNN, broadcasting live from the streets of Boston. Just this last Saturday it was still happening and I thought, “Wow. It’s been two weeks and still it’s on?”
The idea of believing fear over faith is a huge problem that I wanted to use this week to help those people who want to get past that step of fear. So I want to share about the myths or excuses.
One myth is thinking, “When I hit the lottery or the big time…” There are people who are looking for that one big win that will take care of everything. The truth is you have to take the small steps to open the doors for the bigger ones.
What small steps are you going to take to make that big thing happen? Take the lottery mindset and throw it out. Start by making small steps that will help you earn that big hit one day. I recall the first time I read Joel Osteen’s book. He talked about doing what you can do and God will meet you at the edge of your talent. But you have to do your part first by taking those steps.
As we hit a few other myths this week about what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur, I hope you find the one you will stop using as an excuse and, by making that change, you will also make a fundamental change in your business.
I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ’n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to take action and start living your dream. Are you ready to change and make 2013 rock?