Our values as an entrepreneur shape who we are and how we live. Most of us are aware of this fact, and yet we stubbornly hang on to outdated, limiting notions.
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan quote – The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.
Getting rid of them and replacing them with fresh beliefs appears to be an impossible feat.
Our worldviews and the behaviors we justify based on these ideas (which are typically assumptions and misunderstandings) shape our experiences and shape the world around us.
In spite of this, if we reflect on our upbringing and ask, “Where did we receive these views from?” we may recall that many of them were instilled in us by “well-meaning and rational” persons.
Self-doubt, low expectations, and a lack of confidence are all detrimental to your success as an entrepreneur. You’re dooming yourself to failure right now if you proceed in that direction.
Let’s take a look at some of the most prevalent misconceptions that are harming your progress…
Money makes money
One may argue that this is the greatest fallacy of them all. There’s a catch because of this common misunderstanding. You hope that starting your own company would help you become more financially secure. However, you don’t have the funds necessary to launch a firm at the moment.
Consequently, your fate is sealed.
Is this line of thinking sound though? Can you get started without any funding at all?
All the world’s greatest corporations had to start somewhere, and a cursory examination will reveal that most of them were little enterprises. They were humble beginnings that blossomed into greatness.
Similarly, there is no reason why you can’t launch a little firm and eventually become an industry leader. Rather than money or other material goods, what you really need is a creative mind.
If money is an issue, do not write yourself off entirely. In the end, you’ll be able to locate the tools you need to push your business ahead if you show enough excitement, confidence, passion, and hard work.
Following instead of leading
It’s common for people to idolize those who have achieved great success. They are covered by the media. They have been the subject of several books, etc.
Everyone from parents to educators to society at large encourages us to study biographies and mimic the lives of those who have achieved greatness. Becoming like these larger-than-life figures who represent the pinnacle of accomplishment is the ultimate objective.
Many people want to one day achieve the same level of success as Michael Jordan or Elon Musk. Also, the next big thing in the music industry, etc.
In spite of this, if you were to ask Michael Jordan what he aspired to be in life, the answer would very certainly be Michael Jordan.
Therein lies a paradox: international leaders, in whatever sector they may operate, are often innovators who forge their own paths. They have no time for imitation since they are too busy striving for excellence.
Having a model to aspire to is the first step… but you have to take the lead instead of following others if you want to achieve lasting success. You can’t hide from the public eye; rather, you must actively seek it out.
You’ll be the recipient of both acclaim and criticism. This is the norm, after all. Keep in mind that leaders take the initiative. To achieve truly great success, you must take the lead.
Overnight success expectations
More hopes and ambitions have died from lack of patience than from any other single factor.
Present-day culture promotes a lack of patience.
With the advent of instant messaging, texting, microwaves, rapid meals, and binge-watching full seasons of Netflix series in one sitting, we now assume that we can have anything instantly.
Results are needed immediately. In an ideal world, that would have happened the day before.
But the real world is organized very differently. It takes time to do something worthwhile. It always takes longer than you anticipate.
Success that seems to happen overnight usually takes much longer.
The voyage cannot be condensed into the length of a typical Hollywood film. No upbeat music is playing to pump you up. An ugly, dirty war is what success is, and you’ll have to scratch and claw your way to the top.
That’s just how things have always been.
Therefore, if you go on an entrepreneurial adventure expecting instant wealth with little effort, you will be sorely disappointed. Inevitably, you will encounter difficulties and setbacks along your journey.
You may find yourself asking, “Why am I going through this?” We don’t understand why it’s so hard.