Entrepreneurship is messy; it’s akin to a rollercoaster ride where you never know what to expect at the next turn. It can be a high, it can be a low. But if you want to succeed in the long run, you must cultivate detachment from these ups and downs and simply commit to showing up every day and working at your dreams anyway.
Think about all the famous entrepreneurs and industry leaders — Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Arianna Huffington, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Warren Buffett — they all never made any excuses and kept working at their businesses. Whether it be recessions, failed ideas, or any major setbacks and roadblocks, they kept showing up day in and day out for themselves and others.
They all had a compelling vision, and the burning passion to make it happen along with steadfast commitment and relentless discipline kept them moving forward. It’s this combination of passion and persistence that made these entrepreneurs not only successful and rich, but also household names all around the world.
Discipline is the key to entrepreneurial success. As Glenn Sanford, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of eXp World Holdings, writes, “Discipline comes first. The discipline portion has a pretty short learning curve—some argue as few as 27 days. But once you’ve learned the discipline portion, you can trust that any time you want to make something happen in the future, you know what it takes to show up every single day. When passion and motivation wane, discipline pulls through to keep you going.”
If you’re an entrepreneur, you must know with utmost certainty that you’re doing the right thing. You must believe with every fiber of your being that you’re pushing the boundaries and making a lasting impact. This passion will fire you up and drive your commitment to showing up every day. And when you stay disciplined and keep doing the good work consistently, you’ll make meaningful progress regardless of the circumstances. As Glenn remarks, “When you can feel and see the impact you could make, and you combine that with passion and discipline, it will be one of the most exciting things you do in your life.”
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