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- Sep 15, 2014
Igniting the Beacon
"If you don't make the paradigm shift, it's not possible, I can't do it for you..." - Dan Peña
You alone have to ignite your own flame, and continue being the beacon of light even after you start hiring employees to help you with tasks. You have to be the driving force of creativity and innovation - do not depend on others or look to others to be the force of momentum for your dreams.
We intrinsically know most of the elements of success: hard work, dedication, vision, ideas, applied talent, character, loyalty, teamwork, strategy, execution, drive, adaptability, accountability...etc.
What you are about to endure will be the most difficult thing you've encountered in your life up until this point. You will not be battling an outside force, but an internal one, the final stage, the final battle field = your mind, it seems only fitting that I the final... something something (I forget), should be your guiding voice. You'll be going up against your old self, your old habits, your old thoughts, and your old existence - the same existence which has worked until now.
It's not going to be easy, the fall may break you forever. I've seen people fall in business, and the fail was just so hard they went and got a 9 to 5 cause they couldn't take failure. I love failure, cause it means now I've got a new journey coming my way. My mind cannot see nor understand working for another individual for a safety net. If I fail there isn't an option for me to go "get a job" that door was closed along time ago when I saw what height I can achieve with my own ventures.
You see with a corporate job, you'll never make more then the boss or owner. You can work really hard and put all your effort to pleasing someone, and eventually climb the corporate ladder, but you'll look back in 20 or 40 years and ask yourself what you really did with your life.
BUT this entrepreneur life isn't for everyone.
It's a harsh existence as you rise to the top IF you can even find the top. You'll be surrounded by your business and consumed by it's every whim. It'll be hard to not get emotional, and that's when loneliness will creep in - when it's the absolute worse moment to. Day and night, weekdays and weekends mean absolutely nothing to you. It can be 4 a.m. and on a Sunday night and if you have enough dedication and mental focus you'll be working to solve a problem for your business or create new revenue - and even though it'll be tough, it'll feel great.
"The only person that got me through the tough times was me." - Dan Peña
Your friends will not understand, your family will not understand, and people that you used to associate with will not understand. But there will be a group of people that will understand of the struggle, we are out here and we know everything you are going to go through. What I can say is if you keep on learning from your experience and sharpening your knife, your skills, you'll come out tougher and a better individual for going through the struggle.
"The word of God didn't get me through the tough times, believing in myself got me through the tough times." - Dan Peña
Make sure to set clear goals and do daily self-fullfilling affirmations towards those goals, cause during the downward spiral of the rollercoaster, you'll need something to focus on, otherwise, you'll be a ship sailing at sea with no destination.
"They've limited their thinking and would feel much more comfortable if you’d limit yours too." - Dan Peña
You will have to get rid of the negativity in your life, and the only things on this planet that cause emotion are other people, so if you have to stop associating with people, say goodbye to them and don't look back. The time you had was great, but if they are not willing to elevate themselves to a higher level you'll never be able to elevate yourself by associating with them.
I wish I could tell you to do XYZ and things will be better or you'll get through the hell easier, I can't. Everyone's inner demons are different but focus and discipline are a key ingredient to defeating most demons.
Mental strength requires physical strength as well, so you'll have to get into shape and continue to improve your overall health, cause otherwise when you do arrive at the top, you'll be a fat weak old man, and by then it may be too late. Even if it's simply as starting out with doing 100 push-ups a day, start off daily and do it in between breaks, until you get in the rhythm. When things are especially tough exercising and being active in a sport will help clear your mind, releasing much needed adrenaline and endorphins into your brain to help clear your brain.
This game is serious, and your about to do battle with yourself - the hardest battle of your life. Battling yourself means not indulging in your vices, and staying disciplined and focused. If you must indulge in a vice, set a goal to only indulge AFTER you've achieved a specific big goal, that way you have a short term win to look forward to as you continue walking this journey.
"If you want things to change, first you have to change." - Dan Peña