Aug 31, 2018 / by Matt Wanderer
My old friends from California always tell me that they don’t understand how I went from point A to B as an entrepreneur. I assure them that my path was anything but straight. There were plenty of challenges, roadblocks, and detours along the way.
Struggles and challenges are a part of life, especially when starting a business. What truly determines the success of an entrepreneur and sets them apart is how they plan for, react to, and ultimately overcome these roadblocks. Negative thoughts will bombard you. You will hear “NO” one million times over before you hear one “YES.” Keep in mind that success is determined by your ability to uphold a steadfast spirit and focused mind in the most trying of times. If there is one thing I have learned about human nature, it is that people want to see you fail; we are all playing the same game. In this gambling game of business, I have kept my cards close to the vest and my circle tight. You must ignore those who say it is IMPOSSIBLE.
As an entrepreneur, it is inevitable that you will face unforeseen roadblocks on your journey. You may reach a point where you want to turn the car around and head home. Therefore, with your final destination in mind, you must keep pushing forward—faster and more vehemently than before. You can be one of two people: those who weaken when confronted with opposition or those who let opposition and every challenge propel them to succeed.
Growing up I faced many difficulties. I was raised by a single mom, working three jobs. Despite my circumstances, nothing could stop me from turning my ideas into reality. Since then, I have several businesses under my belt including my newest and most innovative venture, Carie Health.
Starting businesses has been an exciting journey, to say the least. However, I have endured both personal and professional struggles to cross the finish line, I risked it all to get here. Making bets and taking gambles goes against our nature. Denying yourself the security of an average, comfortable life is anything but easy, but it’s what every success story begins with. I went through 2+ years with little money and facing poor odds with three kids and my wife depending
on me. I said to myself, “the only way this won’t work is if I stop. As long as I keep driving forward, I’m going to make it.”
I want to share with you the key points that helped me overcome the challenges I’ve faced:
- Have a purpose you’re passionate about
- Take bold risks
- Business is like a giant game of chess- you must make strategic moves and learn quickly from your mistakes
- Embrace your ideas put them into action and even better ones will follow.
- DON’T doubt your vision; enlarge your vision and take every limit off yourself.
- DON’T focus on your weaknesses. If you do, you’re in trouble. DO focus on your
strengths—you’ll go really far.