I think we all have days when we’re ready to give up. Being an online entrepreneur has a lot of perks, but it also has some pitfalls. Especially when you’re starting out, wondering if you’ll ever reach the point where you’re making a decent living – or maybe even making anything at all.
It all seems so impossible.
Some days, you may be this close to throwing in the proverbial towel and taking up basket weaving. At least people buy baskets, right? Especially around Easter.
I speak from experience. Not about the baskets, but about the feeling that this business is impossible. I’ve had those days, and I suspect I will again. But I’m still here. This is why:
I’ve mentioned my little one, Baby A, several times. He’s eleven months old. For the past few months, he’s been experimenting with pulling up and walking. He hasn’t taken his first solo steps yet, but he’s so close.
I was watching him one night when he’d first mastered standing up by himself. He wasn’t quite taking steps yet, and he hadn’t entirely figured out how to sit down.
As I watched, he pulled up on the ottoman. There was a toy on top of the ottoman that he wanted. He leaned toward it couldn’t quite reach it. He leaned some more. Still couldn’t reach it.
The next thing I knew, he was taking a step. And then another. He grabbed the toy and plopped himself down to investigate it.
It got me thinking. I knew he’d never taken any steps before. That he couldn’t walk yet. But that thought never crossed his mind. He just knew he wanted that toy.
He walked because he didn’t know he couldn’t.
He’s become a little more aware of what it feels like to fall since then. He’ll hang on to the furniture and walk right up to the end. He just hasn’t quite got the confidence yet to take a step without holding on. But I keep catching him forgetting to hold on when he’s busy playing. I know that pretty soon, he’ll get so busy that he forgets he can’t walk without holding on to something.
Then he’ll do the impossible. He’ll take his first steps alone because he’ll forget that he can’t.
I’m not trying to be overly simplistic here. I don’t think that we succeed in business – or any other aspect of life – because we’re blind to the difficulties. They’re real. We have to deal with them.
But we can focus on what we want, our goals and dreams, instead of the can’ts that other people tell us and that we tell ourselves. When we’re too focused to remember that we can’t, we can do the impossible, too.