Perseverance (noun)-persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Perseverance in entrepreneurship is necessary if success is your goal and, we’re assuming that’s the case, right? The hardest part in entrepreneurship isn’t finding the initial spark. It’s a few months in (or even years), once you realize your business isn’t moving as fast as you want it to.
Every entrepreneur has a day where they are launching and they think, “This is it, I’m about to crush it. I’m finally going to start bringing in some real money.” Then majority of the time, it falls flat on its face. This happens to many people because we learn through these lessons. It’s here where being persistent and focused counts the most. Some might say we learn through the failures however, we believe you learn the most when you get back up.
The Deliberate Practice of Perseverance
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
It would be awesome if your business succeeds on the first try but that rarely ever happens. Most of success comes from doing your best and then learning from what did or didn’t work. This does not give you an excuse to fail however.
Every attempt is still a shot at success. Although, (if) when you fail, you must understand why and improve the next time.
Deliberate practice refers to a practice that is purposeful and systematic. While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is done with the specific goal of improving performance. You up for the challenge?
Our favorite analogy around this comes from bike riding (and something our son has just started learning!). When you are learning to ride, it’s not just mindless repetition until you get it. You need deliberate practice and every attempt is a chance to get it right. If you don’t nail it the first time, ask why and make an adjustment.
Maybe your feet weren’t in the right place, maybe you were unbalanced, maybe your body was in the wrong position. Then adapt and do it differently on the next attempt. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? And the truth is that it is that simple when you are determined to keep going.
Failure doesn’t just come from inexperience, it’s because you’re doing something incorrectly. If you understand that, you can use it to your advantage to make your success rate go way up.
There is NO such thing as an Overnight Success
… our overnight success took more than a decade!
Patience is a virtue that isn’t spoken about too frequently; it’s mentioned with a clear disregard for the creative process in a lot of ways. Life is a waiting game when it pertains to making any sort of accomplishment.
But what are you willing to do while you’re waiting?
Having a positive outlook will certainly help more than just being negative, these thoughts need an action plan behind them. There are many trials and tribulations that must go through unfortunately. Mentorship however was pivotal for us. So, are you willing to concentrate on your goals and push through all of the nonsense?
These are the healthy questions you must consistently ask yourself, in order to be truly patient and in turn leads to the necessary perseverance in entrepreneurial spaces.
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