Monday, May 30, 2011

Starting a Business is Flat-Out Hard

Hats off to the entrepreneurs of the world. Starting a business is just flat-out hard work, full of adversity, anxiety, ego, regulation, and so much more.

To do a start-up right, it is hard. There is no easy way, shortcut, or silver bullet to starting and building a successful company. And, when I say start-up, please note that I am speaking specifically about getting paying customers, not about creating a legal entity.

If you've ever started a business from scratch, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, please don't discount my words until you try it for yourself. You'll be glad you did, but you'll probably end up agreeing with me.

Almost everything and everyone you encounter will try to bring you down. They may not mean to, but they will likely be counter-productive to what you want to accomplish. Yet you have to keep pushing forward, finding value where you can along the way.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS: Be ready for lots of hard work, build a resilient, positive attitude, and do everything you can to help others trying to forge the same start-up path.