October 17, 2021

Entrepreneur By Nature

Entrepreneur By Nature

Smooth Seas Don’t Make Strong Sailors: Why Entrepreneurs Should Embrace Challenges

Smooth Seas

Growing a successful and steady business is not for the weak hearted. It takes perseverance, passion, and courage to make your startup bloom. Anyone going into business should expect hardships and challenges to overcome. The moments when we finally get the results you’ve been working towards are only bittersweet and well earned. Embrace the challenges you face in business because….

1. It teaches you what works, and what doesn’t

This is may be most obvious logic, but it’s funny how many people forget to remember and apply what they learned from a hardship. Any challenges we face, we must overcome. And, each time, it’s a lesson learned. Don’t repeat the same mistakes! When it comes to your business, pride must be put to the side, and we must submit to the lessons learned. If business isn’t pouring in, don’t ever assume it’s your product. Work on everything else first. Perfect the website, change up the marketing, or improve the customer service. Be open to getting feedback from your customers, and award them for their input. We must appreciate the progress because no strong foundation can be built overnight.

2. It makes you phlegmatic

When we start it from the ground up, our business is our baby! And, it can be hard to separate what’s just business, to something that’s so personal to us. After you’ve been through your share of highs and lows as a business owner, it’s easier to throw in the towel and save your passion for all the things about your business you can control. Whatever disasters come your way, you’ll be able to keep a cool head and handle the situation without getting your feelings involve. “Emotions are bad for business.” Just like drinking and driving don’t mix, neither do your emotions with your business. Every challenge we face as a business owner, gives us the opportunity to be a better one. You’ll compromise the growth of your business if you let your emotions make the decisions. If you learn that you’re a natural hot head and there’s just nothing you can do about it, hire someone to consultant and advise you.

3. It can separate you as a leader, not just a boss.

Despite the common misconception, being the boss (let alone your own boss) is the hardest job of all. You have to rely entirely on your customers to grow your business, and once you start employing, you’ll be relying on your team to help support it! If you’re lucky, your endeavors will inspire people to want to be apart of your company whether they’re working for you, or you for them. Part of being a great leader is seeing the bigger picture. Nobody wants a condensing micromanager for a boss, but there are plenty out there. World renown businessman Richard Branson said it best, “Clients do not come first, employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients.” You’ll feel more passionate about your work when you feel you’re apart of something, that your work matters, and makes a difference. If you make your employees feel like you’re all a team, that’s a start to becoming a great leader. And, leadership skills are necessary within any good CEO.

No matter how you look at it, embracing challenges is something any entrepreneur should do. The struggles in business never stop, but how you face them makes all the difference. You’ll only become wiser and stronger. Stay ahead by applying what you learned. Develop a practical disposition and handle the chaos like a breeze. And, when all the chips fall, you’ll still a leader whom your team wants to follow.