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Overcoming challenges and adversity in your business and in your life make you a stronger person and a better leader. And nothing in this life that is actually worth doing is going to come without a few road blocks. The answer for some people is to tip-toe quietly through life playing it ultra safe so that challenges and adversity never show up. This is wrong. These people often face the biggest problems and are at the highest risk. Retirement is becoming a thing of the past for millions of these people because they chose a life of “security,” desperately trying to avoid adversity by playing safe their entire lives.
“A smart person learns from his own mistakes but a wise person learns from the mistakes of others” -unknown
We must embrace the challenges we face as entrepreneurs because they are learning experiences and chances to grow both personally and professionally. Wildly successful people face challenges and adversity just like everyone else. Do you think you can go from making $40,000 per year to $40,000 per month without facing an entirely new set of challenges when you get there? Successful people simply view challenges differently than unsuccessful people.
The object is not to avoid challenges but instead to have such a crystal clear vision of the future that your vision becomes bigger than your problems. The following exercise helped me greatly in determining my vision and helping me to rise above my challenges.
I recently did an exercise in a course I have on prosperity and entrepreneurial leadership where I made two lists.
If you are serious about growing by leaps and bounds in your business and overcoming the issues you may be facing at the present you’ll write out your own list in a private journal or your own notebook.
1st Write out a list of past challenges that you’ve faced when you were able to rise above and achieve in the face of adversity.
Here is my list
1.) Not Quitting my business when I was six months in, 10K in debt (from the business) making zero money and getting advice from loved ones that I needed to cut my losses and throw in the towel.
2.) Going to my first marketing event in Tahoe even though I was broke, in debt and could barely afford gas to make the 14 hour drive to the event, let alone a hotel when I got there.
3.) Doing video marketing and really putting myself out there for the world to see even though I had no results to speak of, it was very uncomfortable and I did not know what the heck I was doing.
4.) Continuing to study martial arts even though I got my ass kicked (literally) week after week.
5.) Voluntarily putting myself into public speaking postions even though it scared the crap out of me to speak in front of people.
6.) Asking relatives for money to help fund my business and keep me financially afloat when things to really tight. These were some of the hardest questions I’ve ever had to ask but I was committed to my business and willing to do whatever necessary to make it work.
7.) Excelling in life and business and “going after it” even though I was told in school that I was “below average” and had a “learning disability,” (I now make way more money than the teachers who told me I couldn’t do it).
Make your own list in a journal or in a note pad.
The next part of this exercise is about your vision.
List out your REASONS why you will push and excel through the adversity you’re currently facing in your business and/or life.
Here is my list
1.) Because I truly desire to serve society and the world and I believe I’ve found the best way for me to do so. I also know that no one in their right mind will listen to me unless I lead by example.
2.) Because leadership, entrepreneurship, maketing and wealth creation are all LEARNABLE SKILLS and this message must be brought to the masses!
3.) Because the middle class is shrinking and more “have not’s” mean more human suffering. I simply cannot help the poor if I’m one of them and the more people I can take with me on the journey to wealth the more poor people I can indirectly positively affect.
4.) Because millions have fought and died for my freedom. The least I can do is honor them by fighting for my own freedom.
5.) Because my family has sacrificed for me and supported me when times were tough. Should the day come when times are tough for them I want to be in a position I want to be in a position to return the favor.
6.) Because I deserve all the blessings this life has to offer.
7.) Because my grandfather deserves his statue and I’m the only one who can deliver it. (In a previous exercise I listed things I would do when I’m massively wealthy and one of them was erecting a statue in my grandfathers honor and placing it in my home town of Williston Vermont)
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