First off, I just want to say that I have really great friends that have provided me with tremendous verbal support over the last two years.
I’ll tell you one of the things that caught me off guard with our venture was the lack of support I received from a lot of people I was certain would be enthusiastic and supportive of our project.
In all honesty (excluding several members of my immediate family) some of the most supportive people I’ve encountered were complete strangers I've met online.
I discovered that an inadequate level of support from the people you hang out with is probably an indication that you need to find a new social group that falls inline with your goals. Your good friends will always be your good friends, but constant negativity will gradually seep into your veins and cause you to doubt your current path.
Let’s face it, it’s hard enough as it is to start a business in the first place. You need to be optimistic, you need to be upbeat and you need to have confidence! Ultimately, what is going to get you through it all is persistence.
Once you find the right people, you will know right away because all of a sudden, you’ll feel pumped up! You’ll feel energized and you’ll have someone to consult when things don’t go as planned. Find the right support group and you’ll improve your chances of success!
In any case, I just wanted to end this post by thanking my friends (real and virtual) for being there for me.
A little inspiration
No one ever said it was easy being an entrepreneur. Whether you're in the early stages of your startup, just secured funding for your startup or you are ready for product launch. There will always be those three components when you ask yourself if this whole entrepreneur thing is worth it. Instead of giving up and throwing-in the proverbial white towel, keep your head up and look to the following quotes to inspire and motivate you during those tough patches.
For any struggling entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, models, designers, hustlers this is for you.
"The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” –Nolan Bushnell, entrepreneur.
. "Do. Or do not. There is no try." - Yoda, Jedi Master.
“To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” - Catherine Cook, co-founder of MyYearbook.
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” - Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance.
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game's winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that's why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan, NBA Hall of Famer.
. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” - Jason Fried, founder of 37signal.
. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” - Guy Kawasaki, founder of AllTop.
. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” - Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
. "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese proverb.
“Creativity is the root of entrepreneurship.” – Karndee Leopairote, Thammasat University
“Creativity is not just a skill but an attitude – a rebellious desire to be different.” – Chaipranin Visudhipol, TBWA
“Ideas are at the core of the modern economy.” – Patrick Cohendet, Mosaic HEC Montreal
“The past and the future are shaped by us, keep yourself open for the power of possibility. – Duangrit Bunnag
“Be brave and be open to challenges.” – Justin Farren, Ubisoft
“Questions are both the most powerful and most under-utilised tools for creativity and intellectual activity.” – Peter Cauwelier, Bangkok University
“You contribute to the world by making meaningful things, not just new things.” – Cees DeBont, HongKong Polytechnic University