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Running a Business Can Suck

Brief Overview

I heard a couple entrepreneurs making excuses and it set me off. Buckle your seat belts because I get feisty in this episode.

Big Ideas

[02:47] I recently saw a message from an entrepreneur who expressed that it’s disheartening to hear stories from other entrepreneurs who have experienced certain levels of success because they don’t have the employees, or the business support, or the contacts to be able to reach these levels. When I read that, I was like, “What?!” It’s important to recognize that It’s not about big or small numbers. It’s not about not having the business contacts or not having the employees or anything like that. It’s about making the most of where you are right now. It’s about embracing the stage that you’re in right now. It’s about learning. It’s about growing. It’s about preparing yourself for the next stage.

[03:45] Take note of the stage that you’re in as an entrepreneur. During the early stages, guess what, you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and you’re going to have to figure a lot of stuff out. That’s the harsh reality because you might not have the financial resources, or the experience yet. And part of getting that experience is rolling up your sleeves and figuring stuff out.

[08:10] In the moment, you can’t compare your backstage to somebody else’s front stage. Too often I see this because there’s this expectation that you should be able to instantly get those kinds of results because you’re implementing a methodology or process laid out by somebody else. But you can’t instantly get the same results that they’ve gotten. It’s unfair to you and it’s unfair to them and I hate to break it to you, but everybody’s business is different. Everyone’s in a different market. Everyone has a different skill set. Everyone has a different set of experiences.

[09:29]  As an entrepreneur, you’re either learning and growing or you’re struggling and failing but you and I have the choice to make. We can either wallow and feel sorry for ourselves and look to have a pity party or we can pick ourselves up. We can acknowledge the stage that we’re at and we can go for it and we can realize that some things are going to work out and some things are not.

[12:23] When you’re starting, you learn so much and this is where you can accelerate your growth so quickly. Remember this… Don’t get upset because you don’t have the employees or the business support or the contacts of somebody else. Maximize your opportunities in the here and now. Embrace the stage that you’re in at this stage of your business, and soak up the success of others. It’s inspiration to what’s possible.

Memorable Quotes

The name of the game is to stay in the game as long as it takes to win the game.” – Ryan Levesque

At the end of the day, you can do this, I can do this, we can all do this, but we just have to realize that we’re at a stage in our business and whatever the stage is, respect it and keep moving forward because there are parts about being an entrepreneur that absolutely suck.” – Stu McLaren

Each level that you get to, there are different sets of challenges. And the bigger you become, those sets of challenges get amplified. So right here and now, no matter what stage you’re at, it is preparing you for the next stage, for the next level of problems that you’re going to experience. And so, the goal for you and I is to develop that persistence, to develop that grit, to just stick with it, to figure it out, and keep moving forward.” – Stu McLaren

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