The month is August and the number of entrepreneurs who will give up on their businesses is greater this month than in the month of December. I know you don’t believe it but I’m going to say it again to get you thinking today: more entrepreneurs will give up on their business or dream this month than at the end of the year.
So how close are you to giving up? I wanted to write this today to remind you of the very things that started three of the most successful things in my life right now. It was 2009 and I had just met my wife Gwynne. I am on the email list to get daily quotes from Brian Tracy and within the first week of dating Gwynne I received this quote:
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close
they were to success when they gave up. –Thomas Edison
So I am here to ask you today: just how close are you to giving up that dream that you spent the last few years building? Before you make that choice to quit, maybe it’s time to look at a few things that are keeping you from success.
I thought about this very idea when thinking about how things have seemed slow in my personal business; then I looked back to how at this time last year I was pushing just to get some connections in a town where I am now about to host my first out-of-town seminar the last Saturday of this month. Yes, I pushed to make that happen and a year later finally I have the connections to make it a reality.
I recently took the book off the shelf by Tim Ferris and read about how it was some of the tough times he worked through that made him re-evaluate how he was running his business. That exercise of cleaning out and cleaning up was one of the things that made his life more efficient. His business became profitable; he was able to really start living, and he was able to write a book about it that became a best-seller. Now people all over the world work his system to create in themselves what Tim calls the “New Rich.”
It was also during this time last year that I was reading the book, Onward, by Howard Shultz, the man who brought luxury coffee to the mainstream with Starbucks. It was in 2008 that the direction of the company burdened Howard and he took it back over, returning as CEO of Starbucks. He turned the company around to give it a new life, to get back to its roots.
Right now you are sitting there worried about something that is giving you the thought that you want to throw in the towel. Well I’m here to tell you great stories and great lessons have come from those who were in the shoes you are in now. They got back out and changed the game plan to come back and build a stronger business. Now it’s your turn to go back after it.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Don’t give up; rebuild and become the RockStar in your world.