5 Ways to Find Inspiration When Tempted to Quit in Business
This post is for the solopreneurs who are always working on projects hoping to make it to their next big break. It’s for the entrepreneurs who feel family and friends never understand what they do. And last but not least, those quiet superstars who feel their efforts will never pay off.
Ignore what other people think you like and listen to your heart, its your passions in life no one can rightfully criticize.
Your friends, family, sister, teacher, uncles cannot determine your life for you. People may never understand what you are trying to accomplish. However, there will be a day they change their mind or perhaps they will not. It doesn’t matter. Ignore people when they try to shoot down your dream.
My family has always been supportive but they never quite understood what I do for a living especically in the early years of entrepreneurship. To them, I am on the computer a lot. I’ve heard just about every remark and negative comment you could think of from friends, family and anonymous online strangers but I just nod my head and keep pressing on. This is my journey and my journey alone.
Continue your education.
Learn as much as you can. Subscribe to all the industry related magazines you can afford. Bookmark related blogs, forums, news, etc. Visit tons of online communities and help people brainstorm and answer questions. Use your local library. Keep on top of your game by exploring the hell out of your career.
I start off every morning reading blogs, forums and tech news. I get up an hour earlier to brush up on web development skills. Nowadays, there is almost no excuse not to read something about your industry everyday.
What drives individuals your admire?
Who do you admire and why? Read their back story. Find out what they believe in and how they got there. Mentors come in all shapes and sizes from books, blog posts and social media accounts. Surround yourself with people who drive and inspire you.
Find it within yourself to keep yourself inspired.
Surround yourself with inspiration. Print pictures of physical things you want such as a car or a house and outcomes you would like to have such as quotes about peace and happiness or people who inspire you. Tape them somewhere by your computer.
Make a song list of inspiring songs. Mine is labeled “EffYew” ( stands for a bad word 😀 ). It’s for when I struggle with believing in my efforts or when someone taunts or doubts me in some way. After just a few minutes I am energized and focused.
If it doesn’t work, keep trying….or try something else.
Nothing is set in stone and your goals are one of them. Goals should be flexible and fluid as time goes on. Don’t be afraid to change a goal. Evaluate goals every so often to keep you on track and focused.
Bonus: Inspiring Quotes
“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted” – David Bly
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” –Mario Andretti
“Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment.” –H. Ross Perot
“The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.”
“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” –Hal Borland
“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” –Napoleon Hill
“Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.” –Dennis Waitley
“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.” – Tom Krause
“Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” – Malcolm S. Forbes
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Herman Cain