For many of us starting and running a business requires an immense amount of sweat equity and sacrifice. I wish I could say to everyone who's starting a business that it's a piece of cake. Many of us know running a business is no piece of cake as a matter of fact if you get some frosting in your first year consider yourself lucky. One of the most important elements of being a successful entrepreneur is selfishness. Ultimately to run your business at least in the first year you will have to be selfish with your time, priorities and commitments. When you look at these elements it seems similar to being a parent and in actuality it is, your business will become your baby. This is not to say that us parents will stop raising our kids; it means that if you're in it, try all that you can and know there's no turning back!
Setting goals is essential, however, prioritizing the tasks that will enable you to accomplish those goals is equally important. There will be times that you'll be required to cancel on social gatherings, miss important family events, even apologize to those who think you're being non-supportive, ultimately they will be lots of "I don't see you as much" and honestly that's going to have to be OK. Many of us have to realize that if we have true friends/family members who are supportive of our aspirations they won't get offended. On the other hand we too have a responsibility to ensure the actions of others do not deter us or overwhelm us with worry. I know this sounds harsh but this is the one time in our lives where we can't apologize for making our business a priority. This is not to mean to sacrifice your family but it means to improve your family! It is also means holding yourself accountable. Recently I purchased a mug that stated Do or Do Not, try is not option ~ Yoda. Yep, I’m quoting the fictional Star Wars character Yoda and some may think I’m going off the deep end ☺. When looking at this quote it makes it all seem simple, either you do what you got to do or you don't. If you're just trying then that's all it is a try out and like any other try out, you could be cut!
Just remember when starting a business do not be afraid to make it a PRIORITY to COMMIT!! Without these two attributes you'll be in tryout stage for the duration of your so-called business.
Wishing You Prosperity,