When you’re feeling down and stressed, feeling like everything is going wrong…stay off of social media. If you find yourself comparing yourself to the success of others, social media is only going to make it worse, unless you’ve taken the one piece of advice that any successful entrepreneur will share. You need to surround yourself with like minded people that bring you up and power your energy.
You need to surround yourself with like minded people that bring you up and power your energy.
When you do that and you scroll through Facebook because you’re feeling stressed and looking for a distraction you’ll be lucky enough to have a friend share the photo about and a message like this:
“This is Jim Thorpe. Look closely at the photo, you can see that he’s wearing different socks and shoes. This wasn’t a fashion statement. It was the 1912 Olympics, and Jim, an American Indian from Oklahoma, represented the U.S. in track and field. On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen. Luckily, Jim ended up finding two shoes in a garbage can. That’s the pair that he’s wearing in the photo. But one of the shoes was too big, so he had to wear an extra sock. Wearing these shoes, Jim won two gold medals that day.
This is a perfect reminder that you don’t have to resign to the excuses that have held you back. So what if life hasn’t been fair? What are you going to do about it today? Whatever you woke up with this morning; stolen shoes, ill health, failed relationships, failed business, unhealthy food around… don’t let it stop you from running your race.
You can experience more in life if you’ll get over the excuses and get on with living. You can have reasons or you can have results…but you can’t have both. Put on whatever shoes you can find today, and keep going towards your goal. Don’t have a reason to back away from the gold medal you could be winning!”M. Armsby
Living your life as an entrepreneur is hard.
Part of what makes it hard are these three harmful entrepreneur behaviors that you’ve got to shake now:
- Stubborn self-doubt
- Strength based on comparison.
- Taking Roadblocks too seriously.
When you’re an entrepreneur you have to constantly be putting yourself in vulnerable positions. This is why entrepreneurs make up a huge portion of the self-help consumer market. Entrepreneurship pretty much always operates outside your comfort zone. To be a successful entrepreneur you’ve got to be comfortable with discomfort, comfortable with feeling unsure.
Shake Off the Punches as they Come
Self doubt can either kill your effort or it can let you know that you’re working hard regardless of the circumstances. Then, if you only feel confident when you look at people around you and think “Hey, I’m doing better than that guy”, you’re setting yourself up for a life of disappointment. Someone, somewhere will always be better than you in something. And even if you’re the best, someday someone will improve what you started. Hello wheel.
Plus, at some point that comparison will be the roadblock you have to push past. Laugh at. Move past.
Build your own Positive Community
If we’re taking a lesson from Jim Thorpe, don’t let the insecurity of not confidently knowing you’ll succeed with the tools and abilities you currently have stop you from pushing forward. And above all, don’t let the negative vibes and beliefs of those around decide what you do.
Focus on the good. Let go of anything and everyone that tells you you’re not good enough. Then. Run that race.