Road to a Successful Business
I saw this image on Facebook and immediately understood its meaning. I stopped and chuckled even, thinking back to when I was just starting out in the business world. I definitely thought the image on the left was a clearer depiction of the road ahead of me. Even my long time business friends, who had been successful for years by the time I started, warned me that it would take 3 to 5 years to build and grow my business.
I remember how arrogant I had been, how completely oblivious to the truth. There was no way it was going to take me THAT long to build my business. I had done the math, I knew what I would be making and I knew how many clients I needed to make it.
It didn’t take me long to realize my errors, running a business, and not only that, starting one from scratch, is not as simple as it seems. Sure the road to success looks like a cut and dry simple line between the start and finish lines when it’s in that carefully written business plan you’ve produced. In reality the road to success looks a lot more like that tangled line shown on the right. If anyone tells you otherwise, they’re lying through their teeth.
Here’s the thing, success is achievable, but it takes work, and a lot of it. You’re not going to become an overnight success, so don’t get discouraged during that first year when, sometimes, things don’t go as smoothly as you had hoped. You’ll have some failures in the course of your business; two steps forward and one step back as they say. Stick to your business plan, change it when necessary, but don’t give up. If you have a successful business model you will get to that finish line.
Listen to other business people, and I do stress BUSINESS PEOPLE, because they know what they’re talking about, they’ve been there and they are trying to help you. Put that know-it-all arrogance away and you’ll find your success quicker than trying to muddle through it alone. As soon as I started listening to the business people around me I started learning, and applying my new knowledge, which eventually helped me reach that finish line to run a successful business.