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Hard Things...Really?

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As a one-person business owner for over 20 years, I've had my fair share of challenges and obstacles, many of which, at first glance, seemed insurmountable - the so-called "hard things". But as time passed, I found myself reevaluating this concept. Is it really about doing hard things? Or is it something deeper? 

After many years of making things harder than they should be, I've concluded that what we often label as "hard" isn't necessarily so. It isn't about difficulty as much as it is about commitment, tenacity, concentration, and focus. These are the pillars upon which successful one-person businesses stand. 

It all begins with commitment. As a sole proprietor, your business is your baby. And like any parent, you must be prepared to go the extra mile, invest your time, effort, and yes, even your sanity at times, for the well-being of your child. But is this hard? Not as much as it is a declaration of dedication.

Then comes tenacity. Let's face it - being your own boss is not a path strewn with roses. There will be thorns and those thorns will prick. But a prick is not a death sentence, and a setback is not a defeat. Stand your ground, bear the discomfort and keep moving forward. Is it hard? More like a test of endurance.

Next, concentration. In the world of business, distractions are not merely frequent; they are a constant. However, the ability to shut out the noise and zero in on what truly matters to your business is crucial. Concentration is the key to navigating through the sea of potential diversions. Is this a hard thing? I'd rather call it an exercise in mental discipline.

Finally, focus. This is the guiding star that will keep you on track, reminding you of your ultimate goals when the sea gets stormy. Focus is the compass that helps you set the course, and stay on it. Is it hard to maintain? It's more of a constant, conscious effort.

If commitment, tenacity, concentration, and focus are hard for you, then running a one-person business may indeed seem harder. But let's take a moment to remember that "hard" does not equate to "impossible". On the contrary, it represents a challenge, a mountain to be climbed, a lesson to be learned, and a victory to be won. 

In the journey of solopreneurship, the “hard things” are not obstacles, they are stepping stones that will pave the way towards success. Trust me, I've walked this path, stumbled upon these stones, and emerged stronger. It may be a tough climb, but the view from the top is worth every step. So, roll up your sleeves, take a deep breath, and embrace the challenge. After all, isn't that what being your own boss is all about?

Action Steps

  • Commitment Evaluation: Ask yourself today, "Am I committed to my business?" Be brutally honest. If the answer is anything less than a resounding yes, take time to reevaluate your goals and your reasons for starting this venture. Realignment of your vision can reignite the commitment flame.
  • Tenacity Building: Develop a habit of resilience. Start small. Challenge yourself with daily tasks that test your patience and endurance. Embrace discomfort as a part of growth. Each time you face adversity, remember - it's not an obstacle, it's a stepping stone.
  • Concentration and Focus Enhancement: Make time each day to work uninterrupted. Switch off your notifications, create a serene workspace, and engage in deep work. Regularly revisit your goals to ensure your actions are in line with your vision. Consider techniques such as mindfulness and meditation to improve your focus.

Remember, each step you take towards strengthening these pillars brings you one step closer to success. The journey may be challenging, but it's within these challenges that the true essence of solopreneurship lies.

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