Impatience is the number one enemy for entrepreneurs

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, argues that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert on anything. In other words, unless you are persistent, you will never be able to see the fruits of your labor. When a true visionary starts a business, he would have already spent months toiling away polishing the idea. However, entrepreneurship is also about people. Just because you are organized and work very fast doesn’t mean others will follow suit. And that’s precisely where impatience creeps in and relationships sour.

I would say impatience is the number one enemy for entrepreneurs. You will have to factor in and accept that everything that you have planned might take painfully longer than usual. It is at such moments that you will have to dig in deep, be unrelenting, and persistent. Staying the entire course is the hardest thing for any entrepreneur and this is why it is important to have self-belief.

Be ruthless as far as the company you keep. Keep the naysayers at an arm’s length. It’s important that you believe in yourself irrespective of what others might want to say about you.

Keep enterprising in your own small way. For all that I know, we can start with your garden. You need the flowers and fruits! But yes, you have to tread through the mud and thorns. I am reminded of Nicholas Spark’s quotation here: It’s the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.

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