And they lived happily ever after.
Actually, have you ever wondered what happened after Cinderella married the prince?
If you are married, then you have a pretty good idea. If you are not married or are in a long-term relationship, then lean in, come closer….marriage can be a shit show with good performances and some acts that clearly need to be taken out back and shot dead.
It can be romantic and fairytale like but reality will set in. Marriage requires consistent effort as does building a business.
And it’s not always romance that brings you from the brinks of ruin. It will come down to how hard you are willing to WORK.
So why do we romanticize building a business?
The same reason we romanticize being in love….we don’t want to deal with the yucky stuff. Similar to love, we think there is not supposed to be any yucky stuff.
You can see it in your head…you set up your business and instantly, everyone loves you, trusts you and can’t wait to give you their money. Ideas to grow your business just come and they make you even more money. Even more, no one ever says anything bad about you on ANY social media site EVER!
All seamlessly and effortlessly.
And you live happily ever after.
Um, that’s just not realistic. It’s never happened to anyone ever.
To expect to go through perfectly unscathed is disrespectful to entrepreneurs who have battle scars, high credit card utilization, marriages surviving on a thin string, time missed with their children, lost money on investments, bags under their eyes, ideas that never took off, sleepless nights, loneliness, depression, anxiety and a few extra pounds…all to build a successful company.
It’s disrespectful for you to not try because God forbid this doesn’t work, right?
You don’t get to keep running and hiding. You and I have to keep showing up. We keep showing up, working on our plans, taking hits and getting back up. That’s what successful entrepreneurs are doing and what we are not.
My personal story is wanting to find the right idea, that makes me want to nurture it. However, I need to want to nurture it, to see it through, to give it life and see what happens.
The only romance you are going to experience in love or business is the romance you create. The pleasure is in the doing and believing…in high and low times.
The best love stories are unrequited love anyway. You know, the ones when it’s a tough pursuit, where they have to fight some obstacle to be together?
There’s your romance, there’s your advice…
And never live happily ever after, stay thirsty.