Entrepreneurs succeed in proportion to the number of problems they solve. So if you’re an entrepreneur, or think you’re destined for entrepreneurial greatness, you’re pretty much a professional problem solver.
“But I’m not part of Mensa!” you might say, as your frontal lobe quivers with the thought of full-time problem solving. It’s a reasonable knee-jerk reaction. But entrepreneurship doesn’t require you to have a higher IQ than 95 percent of people. You just need more tenacity than 95 percent of people.
And tenacity is a skill you can learn.
Not everything you put down on paper is gold. You might feel like that, especially when you’re in a passionate flurry of keystrokes, storming toward meaning. But feeling strong doesn’t equate to writing strong.
I felt strong for my first year of writing and I sucked more than anyone. Ever. (Everyone told me I should probably quit.) It wasn’t until I focused myself before and during the writing process that I improved.
Most people only tell you about their victories. They might share some of their trials—but only after the victory.
I’m guilty of that. (So is the Koala Bear, above. Believe it or not, that’s a victory photo.)
But today I’m writing from the trenches, cover-fire over my head and Charlie surrounding me, so to speak. I’m struggling. I’ve been rejected/passed over by a ton of blogs recently, namely Forbes and The Muse—my prizes.
If you’ve been struggling and you feel like you won’t succeed, know that you’re not alone.