Building The Resilience Of A Social Entrepreneur
We’ve all had that moment when we’re witnessing the life of someone we look up to – whether a role model, celebrity or even a peer and we’re in awe of all they do and all they have achieved. From the outside it looks like they have the makings of an ideal life – they’re doing what they love, it’s making an impact in the world, and it all looks so easy.
However, in these moments, we’ve only seen the highlight reel of their experiences.
For every success or milestone moment we witness externally, there is a whole set of battles that have had to be fought to bring it to fruition internally. In doing so, people have built an immense endurance to life and all its challenges whether personal or professional that can be applied to whatever scenario you find yourself in.
Your ‘why’ will serve as your center point, no matter how wayward you feel you are going, it will help you start over again and again. Therefore it needs to be so big that if you were to say it out loud to the world, people would think that you are somewhat delusional and crazy.
Practice: Every morning, let your first thought be your ‘why’ – set the day up to lead from the very thing that gives you fire in your belly.
Think about it, all this time that we give to focusing on and putting together Plan B we could just focus on making ‘Plan A’ work. I often get asked this question ‘What if what you’re doing doesn’t work? What will you do then?’ To which I always respond ‘There is no room for anything else other than what we’re trying to achieve’ and in all honesty, there hasn’t been a moment from the time we first started that I even entertained the idea of ‘something else.’ So don’t even have a ‘Plan B’ in your periphery because you have to pursue ‘Plan A irrationally.’
Practice: ‘Plan A’ blinkers – sketch it out, write it, stick it on a post-it note, surround yourself with it so that you always sign posting yourself towards the goal.
Tip for those just starting out as a solo entrepreneur: find a stellar partner-in-crime, it will be one of the best decisions you make.
Practice: Share your goals for the month/quarter/year (you choose) with those you have chosen to surround yourself with, and set a way to make sure that you are being kept on track.
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