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Young: Overcoming adversity

In the past, I have presented some element of repetition in my columns to reinforce factors pertinent to the entrepreneurial spirit.

The factors have included entrepreneurs are not born but made or created through circumstance, entrepreneurship often occurs when a person determines they are ready or when they discover an idea that offers entrepreneurial potential and often they are  encouraged family and friends.

I have been made aware that the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and a few U.S. related business organizations, have completed studies that show  entrepreneurs flourish in tough economic times.

It is this trumpet call that has prompted me to collect and share some thoughts with you this week.

Adversity is undoubtedly another means to discover your capability

when you embrace the notion that entrepreneurs seek solutions to problems in the world around them.  Adversity introduces the real you and tends to bring out the best in us.  Adversity, it has been written many times, also serves as a barometer to measure the greatness in an individual .

The true potential in each of us surfaces at times of adversity, particularly if we don’t give up.

Problems are the price of progress and the obstacles of life, indeed our entrepreneurial life when seeking entrepreneurial success, are intended to make us better, not bitter.  Adversity does have its simplistic advantages.  One such advantage is it helps us to unleash our potential within.

Will adversity come on the way toward the fulfillment of your entrepreneurial destiny? I say yes.

We cannot avoid some form of adversity in our daily life, let alone the creation of our beginnings of the entrepreneurial dream

Adversity is part of life.  The adversity itself

is really not the problem, but how we deal with it what matters. That can make or break an entrepreneurial venture - e.g. poor business planning, poorly thought out financial requirements, inadequate analysis of the perceived opportunity and need to the marketplace to highlight a few key benchmarks.

But, perhaps, the greatest gift you can offer yourself is to push yourself into a temporary crisis as above listed that requires you to “try your wings, so to speak.”

Those who know me well know I love the illustration using the eagle.

An eagle is that special creature that can look at the sun and fly towards it without blinking an eye.

The best of an eagle is demonstrated in adverse situations. The mother eagle, as her young eaglets begin their growth, commences to destroy their nest, making it very uncomfortable to the tiny birds.  It is done for purpose as when the nest is totally destroyed, the tiny eaglets are forced to fly.

One way, you will discover your purpose and discover your entrepreneurial wings is through adversity.

You and I are designed to conquer our environment, solve problems and achieve personal goals. We will find no real satisfaction in our daily life nor our entrepreneurial dream life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.

I draw for you a quote from a management text in my library that goes like this “He who knows no hardship will know no power of endurance; he who faces no calamity will need no courage; mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we all love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.”

George Bernard Shaw, the Irish dramatist said, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get “it” in this are the ones who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.”

Beautiful words I feel translate to “let every stumbling block we encounter become a stepping stone.”

Adversity is an opportunity to bring out the best in you.

Let this be your number one entrepreneurial rule— can you stick it out when the going gets tough?  When conventional business, politics, war …or entrepreneurial pursuit, we  hear the same message over and over?

Don’t give up the ship. Remember, adversity is different for each of us.

For some, it means not meeting the entrepreneurial goals we have set out.

For others, running out of money and not being able to make the new venture launch occur.

So to conclude, here is a final thought.

When faced with adversity within the framework of your entrepreneurial dream, your first step might be to summon forth the courage and inspiration that came from your original vision.

You came to this place for personal change and challenge because of something you wanted to achieve in your life.

It was more than money and fame.

You embraced your perception of the entrepreneurial dream out of a true passion, hence, before you overcome your adversities, reach inside your heart and remember what got you going in the beginning. I’m certain you will discover more about yourself than you could have possibly imagined.

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