“To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.” -- Sugar Ray Robinson
A Lonely Life“Starting your company means that, much of the time, you have to do the difficult work and make the hard decisions alone.”Your parent could be one of your worst enemy. After all you hard work, they want you to have a secure high-paying job at a prestigious organization. They don’t want to see you doing business, because if you fail, you’ll be seen as a failure.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”--Teddy Roosevelt
Do not get caught in doing business plan. No plan is perfect. There’re always holes in it.
“Analytic can only take you so far. Pass that point instinct has to take over.”
When in Doubt
Your business undertaking will face ups and downs. People will doubt in your undertaking. You will doubt in your undertaking. So, here are few advices.
- Get to know other entrepreneur. You will see that their problems are not that much different from yours.
- Inventorize your success. Build up confidence through the success stories.
“One of the tough tensions that good founders face is how to be solo players, but at the same time, still be team players.” -- Noam Wasserman
You should be proud to be yourself, when you try to do something. A lot of people are afraid of doing something, because they fear failure. But you have courage to jump in and do it. As someone said, courage cannot be taught, but it can be learnt.
“True entrepreneurs work extremely hard to take as little risk as possible. They don’t cultivate a large appetite for risk. Instead they manage risk.”
Source:The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How Three Harvard Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship by Bill Murphy Jr.
Book or Audiobooks?
Personally, I prefer audiobooks. It's fun, and I can listen when I'm doing something else. It also makes other activities (e.g., jogging) a lot more fun. For more detail about audiobooks, please read [this post].
There is one more reason that may encourage you to go for the audiobook version. You can get it now for FREE. Audible offers you a free trial for 14 days. Even if you get the book and cancel the subscription right away (so that you don't have to pay), you can keep the book. And, don't worry if you lost the audiobook file. Just log into audible.com. You can keep downloading the over and over again.
However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.
This book summary will help solve the pain of having to go through the book all over again.
I am leaving out the details of the books. Most books have interesting examples and case studies, not included here. Reading the original book would be much more entertaining and enlightening. If you like the summary, you may want to get the original from the source below.