Starting your own business is a terrifying, exhilarating experience. There are so many things to learn and do, with learning experiences coming at you from all directions. As you tackle the challenges you encounter, it is easy in the beginning to shrug these challenges off and keep moving forward; however, as it wears on, it may begin to be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is at these moments that your work ethic and passion for entrepreneurship is defined.
Many small businesses fail in the first five years not necessarily because the ideas behind the businesses are bad ideas, or that the entrepreneurs are poor business people, but because people get discouraged when they face obstacles. When you are able to see past these problems and work through them, you become stronger and better able to face the next challenges. Challenges in life are a constant; there is no easy road to travel that makes life worry-free because of the fact that the business world is an ever-changing landscape. Businesses that can adapt to the demands of the fluctuating economy will survive, where others who are complacent will fail.
This comes with a caution, however. It does not mean you should hang on to every idea that you have, or that everything will succeed if you try hard enough. It simply means that you should not give up on a sound business idea just because there are bumps in the road. For example, there is an individual in Peru who wanted to start a business, and decided to start a farm to raise cuy (cuy are guinea pigs, which are a Peruvian delicacy). It took a year for this gentleman to even begin laying the first bricks for his farm, during which time he struggled with getting permits for raising animals, securing land, working a second job, and family and health issues. It seemed like every challenge in the book was thrown at him, yet he continued working through it. Today he works with his family and maintains a successful cuy farm. The challenges are not over yet, and never will be, but he faces the obstacles head-on with a determination to succeed.
From the story of this man, we can all learn that patience is critical, and that having a good attitude and being able to see past the current challenges to the goal ahead will help us to achieve success in the long-term. Starting a business will never be easy and should never be easy, but there will come a time when running it will become easier, and you will be able to see the fruits of your labor if you keep pushing on. I share the same advice to you that my mother taught me years ago: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” You can succeed; just work patiently and diligently and somehow it will all come together.