Entrepreneurs are good models for people dealing with tough challenges.
"Tough times never last, but tough people do."
Robert H. Schuller
Anyone who has ever started a company knows what that feels like. The uncertainty, the stress, the effort needed in order to make something a success.
Anyone who has managed their business for any period of time will have dealt with economic uncertainties, people issues, client issues, financial issues, pandemics and a million other concerns!
We can all learn from these people.
They focus on doing their job, the best way that they can.
They don't waste energy on the things that they cannot change.
They do the small things well.
They put in whatever effort is required.
They find a way to battle through the latest challenge, and they become stronger for it!
With each challenge overcome, they gain a stronger self-belief, an understanding that challenges are generally just a part of life to be dealt with and not some insurmountable problem!
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who kept trying when there seemed no hope at all."
Life was never meant to be easy.
It wasn't easy for previous generations and it should not be easy for us either.
It is through adversity that we grow, we learn and we become better people.
Don't give up too early!
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
Sometimes when things get tough it is easy to focus on the negatives and to waste energy worrying about what might happen, rather than remaining focused on doing the things that will ensure our success!
Early in our company's life a wise friend of mine asked me whether my company was doing well because (a) it was well managed, or (b) because the economy was so strong it would be hard to fail!
It was a good observation and if I had any sense of complacency it quickly evaporated!
It was only by suffering through the various challenges any company faces that I was able to gain some comfort that perhaps we were doing some things well!
"Don't feel entitled to anything you didn't sweat and struggle for!"
Marian Wright Edelman
You don't have to be an entrepreneur, or deal with the scale of challenges that they face, but you do need the resilience and fortitude to deal with your own challenges.
So, if you are having a tough time, whether at work or at home, think of it as a test.
Will you pass that test?