5 Challenges all Entrepreneurs Must Overcome to Be Successful

5 Challenges all Entrepreneurs Must Overcome to Be Successful

They say that a part of success can be determined by your mindset, and sometimes when we look at successful people, we forget about the many tears, hardships and roadblocks they may have had to overcome to get them to where they are today. But what sets some of the world’s most successful people apart from others is their ability to overcome these obstacles and push through even when everything seems to be going against them. The fears and challenges listed below are common among most of us, but to truly reach our full potential of success, we have to overcome them.

But what sets some of the world’s most successful people apart from others is their ability to overcome these obstacles and push through even when everything seems to be going against them. The fears and challenges listed below are common among most of us, but to truly reach our full potential of success, we have to overcome them.

1. Criticism

One of the biggest mistakes people make is worrying too much about what others think of them, their business or their ideas. Instead of letting this criticism just roll off our shoulders or taking it as a way to improve, we let it stop us from moving forward and doing things we believe in.

Successful people use criticism and haters to fuel them instead of taking it to heart. Although feedback and criticism can be valuable when given constructively, it also has a way of knocking us down and second guessing ourselves. Grow thick skin, and push through even when others tell you not too. Imagine how great it will feel when you prove them wrong.

2. Failure

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or not, we all fear failure, because nobody wants to fail. Our natural instincts are to be successful, and to avoid failing or making mistakes, we constantly find ourselves asking the age old question of: “What if?” If we concentrate our energy on thinking about all the things that could go wrong, we often lose sight of all the things that could go right.

Successful people don’t concentrate on failure. Instead, they concentrate on success. Even though everyone will make mistakes and have roadblocks along the way, instead of dwelling on it, they reflect, learn from it, and move on.

3. Offending Others

The other day I was reading an article on how our generation needs to stop being offended by everything. We live in a world where people are always finding something to be offended about, and with the accessibility of reaching a wide audience on places like social media with our opinions, people are becoming more vocal than ever. But the worst thing you can do is to sit back in silence, or stop yourself from doing something you believe in because it might offend someone else.

If you want to find success, especially in entrepreneurship, you need to stop being so afraid of what other people think. If you work solely to try and impress everyone, you’re fighting an impossible battle.

4. The Past and the Future

You can’t change the past and you can’t control the future. Once you realize this, you are setting yourself up for success. Living in the present moment will not only allow you to make the best of life, but also set you up for success. You can’t focus on being successful today if your mind is constantly thinking ahead or behind.

Successful people make peace with their past and look at it as a part of you that will help create your future. They also embrace the uncertainty of their future, because constantly looking ahead will only prevent them from living in the moment.

5. Negativity

You have two choices in life—to either sit around and complain when something doesn’t go as planned, or pick yourself up, brush off the dirt, and keep moving forward. Getting hung up or complaining about how things could have been or should have been won’t get you anywhere. I always like to say that you can’t complain about something that you have the ability to change.

Successful people don’t sit around and feel sorry for themselves because something didn’t go their way, instead they look at what they are grateful for and radiate positivity, even when it may feel like they are faking it until they make it. They don’t have room for negative people in their life, or to be negative themselves.

So I challenge you—will you let yourself be overcome with the above challenges, or will you overcome them yourself?


About the Author

Lauren Marinigh is a Toronto-based online marketing and content development professional, who is completely addicted to traveling, puppies, and GIFs.

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