It’s rare to find a business owner who isn’t industrious. Mainly because lazy bastards don’t last long in entrepreneurial life. You’re not in the game for long if you’re not willing to get a sweat on.
That said, if hard work was all it took, we’d see a much greater distribution of wealth across the entrepreneurial demographic.
And we don’t.
We never have.
Just 1% of business owners are millionaires. Most of our ilk struggle. It’s been this way for decades, since statistics were first measured in the 1950’s.
We’re clearly not getting it right. Not if such a small percentage of people enjoy the freedom and wealth of the entrepreneurial dream. You’d have thought the penny would have dropped by now.
The truth is, it’s always been this way.
Hard work alone doesn’t cut the mustard. It never has because for most of the time, what the overwhelming majority of people work hard at doesn’t produce significant improvements in their business and personal lives.
We’re creatures of habit in the habit of creating perpetual underachievement, disappointment, frustration and misery.
And yet we soldier on…blindly continuing to do what we’ve always done in the hope it’s all going to miraculously get better.
We lose ourselves in the convenient and common illusion that the best of intentions and industrious application will always lead to the promised land of entrepreneurial success.
There’s a well-known mantra relating to entrepreneurial success. Like all wisdom, it’s not difficult to nod your head, intellectually grasp its truth and say “that is SO true”.
But it’s never true. Not for you. Not unless you’ve lived it.
“You must be willing to do the things today others won’t do, in order to have the things tomorrow others won’t have”.
How is that showing up in your day?
Maybe you can’t answer the question. I know I couldn’t. Not accurately anyway. I didn’t have a clue what the “things” the quote refers to were, so how on earth could I expect to “do” them?
There ain’t no game like the entrepreneurial game. Like any other game, you can play it well…or you can play it badly.
The difference in your game is how well you’re prepared to equip yourself.
Statistics prove most of us equip ourselves for endless struggle, frustration, underachievement and varying degrees of poverty.
The “just getting by”.
That small minority…those who “have” who suffer the wrath of the bitter “have nots”….equip themselves for stunning success.
And live the dream.
Do they still work hard? You bet they do...but it’s what they work hard at that makes all the difference.
Christian Simpson is the UK’s leading coach and mentor to business owners and entrepreneurs. For COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS to tried, tested and proven entrepreneurial success strategies, click here