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8/16/07

Entrepreneurial Character: How do you react to a Challenge?

Have you ever heard the saying, “If it was easy, everybody would do it”? Well, this saying holds true not only with entrepreneurialism but also with almost every aspect of your life. How you react to, and deal with, the challenges in your life is going to determine whether or not you are cut out to pursue entrepreneurialism.

There are only two ways to react to challenges; you can either defeat the challenge or succumb to it. I know what you all are thinking, “I always defeat challenges. Entrepreneurialism is for me. Nothing can stand in my way.” Although this may be true to a point, you are probably not thinking large enough when defining “challenges.”

The challenges that you may have to overcome in order to pursue entrepreneurialism are not restricted to mere business challenges. Do not get me wrong, you will definitely face business challenges during your entrepreneurial career, however, I will bet that the challenges you face in business pale in comparison to the challenges you will face in life.

Let us look at a hypothetical: Let us assume that you are a successful entrepreneur. There is no business problem you cannot solve nor is there any business challenge you cannot defeat. Everything is great. Suddenly, a loved one dies tragically. How do you react? If you think that this personal event is unrelated to your ability to conduct your business, you are sorely mistaken. I know that the death of a loved one can have a serious effect on an individual. I am twenty-five years old and have experienced my fair share of death, so I know the effect it can have on a person both physically and mentally. The concern is not how you deal with the situation when a tragedy occurs, it is how you deal with your situation once you have had time to grieve about such a tragedy.

Of course the life challenge does not have to be a death. The challenges can include, but are not limited to, divorce, health problems, bankruptcy or financial difficulty, an unplanned pregnancy, or legal problems. These are the situations that are going to test your resolve and tax your ability to survive, revive, and persevere.

Back to the main question, how do you react to challenges? Are you able to bounce back after a challenge presents itself or are susceptible to defeat? There is a great quote from the movie Rocky Balboa. The quote states, “The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place. It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward.”

If you can defeat life’s challenges, you will be free to pursue whatever you want. Defeat the challenges and achieve the success for which you have worked so hard.


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