Often, being an Entrepreneur can be extremely frustrating. Especially in the early stages, when it seems like so much is an uphill battle, the huge workload, the long hours, the taking on of many various roles, (as it often happens in early stage start-ups) constant cash flow worries, and the struggle to carve out your individual niche or get your product or service accepted in the marketplace. All these factors and more can lead to a huge build up of frustration. But interestingly, it seems that nearly all people, who have had significant impacts in their chosen field have experienced this (read industry disrupters). Maybe this negative side effect of creating your business is, in fact, a trait that can be converted into an advantage.
“Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.”- Bo Bennett
The disrupters, the envelope pushers, those makers and shakers who end up revolutionising stale industries, are all often frustrated as they look at a world not of what currently is, but rather what could be. they (we) percieve a world of endless possibilities, constantly asking, how can we make this for that, easier ,better , fsater, more efficient or wide reaching. These dedicated few who then take these ideas and apply, them , seeking to shake up the old way or status quo inevitably face set backs and resistence from peers, which in turn leads to an increasing amount of frustration. But that frustration can and often times is transformed in to something positive. A fuel to keep you going,to drive you to a higher level, something to fight against. As remember, no real growth is achieved without a struggle. In fact, to significantly grow is to constantly raise the bar and push expectations, those personally and of those in your niche or marketplace.
“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.” – Sumner Redstone
Examples of successful entrepreneurs who have had breakthroughs rooted in a deep sense of frustration abound. Take Sir Richard Branson, frustrated with the at the time, accepted standard of Airline service, he well, first chartered his own flight when his got cancelled, which later inspired him to open Virgin airlines, focussing on exceptionally higher standards of customer service. And thus, shaking up a stale industry.
Compare these type of people to the status quo advocates, and the difference in results and wider impact becomes stark. The person who is content with his or her lot in life, with the way things are, rarely if ever transform industries, improve the lives of countless people, or in short, these people leave no significant impact on their wider environment.
“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. “- Tony Robbins
So if you are at the stage of your entrepreneur or start-up journey where you are experiencing feelings of heightened frustration , don’t stress. Instead take that energy and transform it into a positive fuel to further drive yourself and enhance your business.
Or as a mentor of Mine once told me, “Are you frustrated? good, frustration is a huge sign of leadership. It is what you do with it that counts.”
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