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There, I said it and it’s the honest to God’s truth.
So many folks, especially those in the online marketing space, proclaim how awesome their lives are and how terrible it would be if they were to have a regular job.
I’m not sure if they do this because they have amazingly strong mindsets and they know it’s better to think positively than to be negative or if they’re just doing it to lull themselves into a false sense of inner peace. As if it will lessen the pain of the struggle by putting on a smile and pretending everything is awesome.
One thing I know for sure is that being an entrepreneur is NOT easy for anyone and it does require struggle.
Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of my peers admitting the struggle and saying they’re tempted to quit.
Having just returned from 12 glorious days at the happy place on earth, Walt Disney World, I woke up this morning with the question burning in my mind “What if Walt Disney had quit?”
He certainly had many chances to quit. Walt had put heart and soul into each of his companies and wound going bankrupt something like 10 times. He “failed” to get funding for Disneyland numerous times. There are dozens of books written about the man and all the ones I’ve read so far shine a light on his struggles.
Walt learned some things the hard way, just like you and I. He created a character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit but due to the fact that he didn’t fully understand copyright law at the time, he lost the rights to the character to the studio he was working for at the time. That might have been enough to cause a lot of people to just throw in the towel right then.
If Walt hadn’t persisted, there would be no $207.8 billion Disney empire. More importantly, there would be no Disneyland, no Walt Disney World, and none of the the wonderful Disney movies, records or animations would exist.
If Walt Disney had quit, the world would never have know how brilliant he truly was. If you quit, the world will never come to learn how brilliant YOU are.
Do you feel stuck and discouraged?
Maybe you just haven’t found your “thing” yet. Maybe the current challenge you face is just there to push you to ask better questions or to learn something you might have just skipped over.
When Walt created Oswald The Lucky Rabbit but failed to protect his intellectual property rights, it taught him to learn how to do just that. It also pushed him to create even better characters with unique personalities. You know like Mortimer Mouse…maybe you know him as Mickey Mouse.
I’m not exactly why these struggles and challenges have to put in front of entrepreneurs so frequently and readily, but I honestly do believe it happens for a reason. It happens because we’re not “done” yet and heroes don’t quit until they’re “done”.
You have no limits except those you choose to place on yourself. You may experience more struggles the harder you push and the bigger your dreams. Please don’t back away from it. Rather, embrace it and see where it takes you.
I believe our struggles are put before us to test the size of our dreams. If Walt Disney had dreamed to become a cartoonist, he would have achieved that dream way back in 1919 when he worked at the Posman-Rubin art studio for $50 a month.
Thankfully Walt dreamed bigger dreams and faced bigger challenges so he could create far more amazing things that he was creating at that studio.
Whatever you’re facing now will pass.Think…where do you want to go next? What do you really want to achieve?
Don’t lose hope and don’t quit…you might be a lot closer than you think and the world needs to know your brilliance.