In Napoleon Hill’s seminal book Think and Grow Rich he states that: if you want a thing you need to be willing to pay the price.
So many people want to earn money from what they love and set up their own business but they do not want to pay the price.
This is evidence of an immature mindset. Because only children get (or don’t get) what they want and someone else pays the price.
The thing is that the child is at the mercy of the adult who makes the decision and the immature person, who blames others for their results, is also disempowered.
The mature mindset understands that getting what you want is the result of investing time, money and effort up front and then having faith that the rewards will come.
Or noticing that the rewards are not coming and making the adjustments and persisting until they do.
The benefit is that they are the master of their own destiny. They do not need to rely on someone else and this is true independence and freedom.
If one person doesn’t want their product or service they find someone else who does or adjusts their offering until others understand the value. But they have no authority figure telling them: ‘No’ or what to do.
The question is: “Do you want to pay the price?” If you don’t then maybe that goal is not for you and that is also totally OK.
I have known people who come from a corporate background and then start up their own business.
It is only then that they realise there is no marketing and sales department, no admin support, no IT guy at their beck and call: That to begin with at least, they need to do it all themselves or pay for someone else to do it for them.
This is part of the price of small business.
For some people it is too big a price and they go back to their corporate work but at least now, if they are smart, they take their passion and new skills with them. They can articulate what makes them happy, what their unique contribution is and can find a role that is more satisfying because they understand themselves better.
Then there are other people who are willing to pay the price of small business. Their driving burning passion to be their own boss no matter the price.
Neither is better or worse than the other. It totally depends on knowing yourself and understanding what is important to you and what price you are willing to pay.
The important thing is that the price is not greater than the outcome you wish to achieve.
But in the end by taking a risk you will have learnt something.
Which brings us to another great truth: “It is better to take action than no action because through action there is always learning while in inaction there is only stagnation”.