The Odds Are Against You – So What?

Be honest – how many times have you thought about doing something you really wanted to do but gave up because it was too hard?

“I can’t move to a new city. I don’t know anyone there…”

“How can I go back to school to switch careers if I don’t have a steady income to pay for it…”

“I can’t quit my stable job for something risky like starting my own business…”

The problem with that line of thinking is that the odds will always be stacked against you. It’s how you react to those odds that will determine whether or not you’re successful.

Of course, luck plays a part too. You can be in the right place at the right time with the right product and boom – everything clicks and you’re racing to the top. But attributing success to luck is foolish.

Do you know how FedEx started? Fred Smith, the founder, wrote an undergraduate term paper on the business concept behind FedEx and got a C – his professor even said his next idea should be practical and realistic ! Instead, Fred turned around and used his idea to start the business we know today.

For every person who says you can achieve your goals, ten people will tell you that you can’t – or worse – why you shouldn’t.

“You have a good life here, why do you want to move?”

“Your job has good benefits and perks. Why do you want to throw all that away?”

Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with picking the stable job over starting your own business. Some people want to be comfortable and are satisfied with the job they have. But no entrepreneur has ever made it big by playing it safe.

Business is full of risk – whether that risk comes at the start or after you’ve hired your 100th employee. I remember starting Herjavec Group and in the early years we lost a customer that was accounting for over 75% of our revenue at the time. They had a budget issue, and made it clear they couldn’t continue to spend with us. We were shocked. We sulked momentarily. And then we realized – we can’t be that dependent on one buyer. We had to keep pushing forward. We had to persevere.

In the next 12 months we tripled our sales and expanded the number of buyers we engaged with. We hustled. And yes, it was hard. Really really hard. But we were building. It should be hard.  

What’s more – remember that nobody will believe in your idea as strongly as you and by extension, nobody will know what you’re going through to succeed – except you.

What sets the successful entrepreneur apart is their belief in their ability to reach their goals. If you can’t believe in yourself, you may as well stay at square one. Better yet, step aside and let someone else take your place.

So, take the free advice (after all it’s free!), believe in yourself and your idea, and keep moving. Don’t let the odds get in your way.

To Your Success,