Entrepreneurs Don’t Know Their Own Strength

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Sometimes in life, things won’t always go your way. You can get as motivated, as you possibly can. You become a bullet train through even the most daunting of situations. You can build incredible momentum. And then all of a sudden, you’re stopped dead in your tracks with another roadblock.

A friend of mine has been fighting a school system for the better part of six years now. His son is bright, social, and really quick. Unfortunately, his reading comprehension level is two years behind his classmates. He was left behind, pushed too far, too fast by a system that seems to have only cared about its own wallet, than the children it’s tasked to educate well.

My friend went to war in a sense. He built up such incredible momentum to get his son the education he deserves. It hasn’t been as easy battle at all. Then again, he never expected it to be. It’s been emotional behind closed doors. It’s been hurtful to listen to trusted teachers say all is well, when he knew it wasn’t.

Yet, through it all, he stayed strong for his son. He brought the battle to the school.

He didn’t stop at the word, “no.” In fact, the school system wasn’t expecting him to fight back at all, at least not as hard as he did. He’s pretty sure he won, too.

In fact, he often jokes that he’ll need a strong drink when he wins.

That’s another key part of battle saying, “when I win.” By leaving the negative thinking aside, it creates strength. Take from that what you will, but it’s a learning lesson for success in business.

My friend never asked for pity, for money, for some one to say it would all be okay. He stood up, shoulders back, head up, and went for it. After all, it’s his son.

Bottom line – he didn’t know his own strength until it was challenged, and neither do you, as a person, as an entrepreneur, as a fighter.

Hurdles can be a royal pain. They’re unavoidable, though. They’re also learning lessons. But as long as you prepare for them, as long as you deal with them head on, you really will be okay. Don’t just listen to me, though. Here’s what some of the most brilliant minds have said about hurdles.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them,” once said Albert Einstein.

“Every problem is a gift. Without them we wouldn’t grow,” said Tony Robbins.

“Instead of thinking out of the box, get rid of the box,” said Deepak Chopra.

“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself,” once said Colin Powell.