If you want to get to the “promise land” one day, you need to eat sh!t. There’s no other way around it.
Rejection is such a massive and inevitable part of the journey.
It comes in so many different forms too…
A college student dropping out of university to pursue running their own business is going to immediately get rejected by most friends and family.
Take it from me, I’ve been there.
The dream-killing lingo starts to pour in faster than a Monday morning cup of joe (coffee).
You hear the line, “That’s so dumb! And what are you going to do when this business idea FAILS?” (as if they’ve already previously scripted your life like a bad movie)
Or the best from friends, “I don’t know if that’s a good idea, sounds risky. Just get a degree to fall back on” (but you’re like, f#ck that imma get rich or die trying!)
I saved the best for last… that awkward silence you start getting from your significant other. They don’t know what the hell you’re doing a.k.a. they politely think it’s giant B.S.!
Okay time to shine, so how does one NOT let the constant rejection stop them?
For starters, you need to understand that rejection stops A LOT of people from chasing their dreams or living the life they desire, it’s not a force to undermine. Rejection will happen to you a LOT.
You need to mentally prepare and sustain yourself.
The loss of time and money paired with constant rejection can break a human being down QUICK.
But, that’s the “grind” of an entrepreneur in a nutshell.
Dealing with rejection is like dealing with a bully who’s taking your lunch money everyday.
If you don’t confront and handle it, it’s going to get worse everyday.
While I don’t recommend punching your mom in the mouth for saying that your T-shirt business sucks, I do recommend confronting and dealing with each avenue of rejection in a semi-professional manner.
Reducing rejection in your business is 100% impossible if you want to be profitable.
You still need to hear 20 “No’s” to get a “Yes” even when you are successful.
However, reducing rejection in the many other areas of your life is 100% possible and needs to be done.
If you regularly hang out with a group of friends or people who don’t support what you do or don’t understand it, you’re going to have a really hard time growing.
Environment is so critical.
I shouldn’t have to tell you what to do here, but if you need to cut some people out of your life then stand up and do it.
You’ll learn who supports you and who doesn’t on this journey.
Rejection can be as simple as a lack of acknowledgement.
Be around people push you higher, not the ones secretly hoping you fall.
You’re going to have a lot of “rough days” as an entrepreneur, the ability to be able to just call and talk with someone who can relate is SO powerful.
Fill your network with valuable people who are more successful than you and on the same mission as you.
Quick recap on how to deal with rejection as an entrepreneur:
1. Expect it and prepare for it. You should be doing some sort of personal development everyday, go read Benjamin Hardy’s content for great advice on PD.
2. Confront it. Have a conversation and tell someone how you feel, ask for their understanding and respect. If you can’t get it, remove them from your life and move on. Keep building a valuable network.
Traveling and being an entrepreneur definitely go together…
I’d even go as far to argue that one of the big reasons people pursue “running their own show” is to ultimately have more time and financial security to travel!
Now here’s where the MASSIVE irony sets in..
It’s hard as shit to travel while trying to be successful on your entrepreneurial journey.
If you are anything like me you have a constant flow of bills and life expenses that need to be met. (not too mention general life responsibilities)
Guess what, the bank doesn’t care about your new idea for an app either buddy.
We all know growing as a successful entrepreneur will require monetary investments along with a nice chunk of your time on a regular basis.
So the idea of traveling kind of gets kicked to the curb or put on the other side of the finish line for a lot of people in belief that it’s not a real option at the moment..
Here’s why you can’t let that happen if you actually want to travel as much as you say you do -
Your journey is going to take time… years.., probably your whole life if you love it…
This means you can’t WAIT on doing what you want!
Now obviously if you want a nice house and car you can’t just go buy it without putting in the work…
Traveling can be mixed into your arsenal as an entrepreneur, and it can help you get results quicker.
It can also be much cheaper than you think.
Without further ado, here’s my 3 major tips to traveling more as an entrepreneur!
1. Make Traveling a Prioritized Part of Your Balance
What does this mean? Well listen, hopefully by now you realize that you must have balance in life, especially as an entrepreneur. When you’re in this game it’s highly recommended that you decentralize from your business during these “balance” acts. It should sort of be free time.. and if you want to travel more, than make traveling the most important activity in your balance. It will motivate you to make it actually happen, and the people around you will respect it as an essential part of your life so you will get less resistance when making the commitment. Benjamin P. Hardy is a master of life balance FYI. Go follow him.
2. Make Traveling a Part of Your Business
Maybe you actually sell travel services… or maybe you have a clothing line. Either way, a LOT of times you can make traveling a part of your business. I’m using the clothing line as an example here. With a clothing company you want a lot of pictures for content, and typically there are models involved. Instead of hiring models or paying someone, take that money and travel somewhere. Along the way and when you get there, tell people you’re traveling to grow your clothing company and would love if they could do 5–10 modeling pictures! It won’t cost anything and they feel exclusive doing it if you present it correctly! (Hope this is already sparking ideas for you)
3. Go To Events
This is definitely controversial… I get it. Listen, I don’t recommend drinking the “kool-aid” of any gurus or preachers who want to sell you more b.s., try to avoid the lame stuff. However, there are plenty of events that are value packed and probably somewhere you’d like to visit. It’s a write off for starters…(not giving tax advice), and if you use your time wisely when you are there (don’t get too drunk) you will most likely see more results in your business.
Cheers to being an entrepreneur and being blessed with the opportunity to travel more!
For most of us, jumping into the world of entrepreneurship didn’t come paired with a very “welcoming” feeling.
Maybe your girlfriend left you, maybe your friends and family said it’s a scam, or maybe you just spent years of your life doing stuff you don’t enjoy… only to realize YOU need to be in control of your time.
The point is this, if you post on Facebook: “Hey I’m an entrepreneur”, you’ll be lucky if you get 1 like.
You’ll probably just get looked at like an idiot during the next family holiday… LOL! (it’s ok though you aren’t alone)
So how do us “entrepreneur people” cope with that sort of loneliness, rejection, and feeling of pure uncertainty?
We learn, and we learn WAY TOO F*#CKING MUCH!
It makes us feel all good and fuzzy. You know the feeling.
It’s only a FAKE HIGH that will drown you in the feeling of being overwhelmed and excited…
Leaving you far away from actually being productive or efficient.
That one thing alone is the #1 reason why new entrepreneurs can’t get results quicker!
Prior to reading this article you can blame it on the standard school system for forcing irrelevant sh*t in our brain, but after you leave here it’s now on your shoulders to do the following (and this may shock you).
1. Put down the books, DO NOT buy another course.
2. Do revenue-generating activities. (Cold call a prospect, set up an AD, knock on a door)
Okay so step 1 is easy… just do it like NIKE.
Step 2 is where everyone royally screws up.
Why is that so?
Here’s why, step 2 is going to make you feel uncomfortable, if not, very uncomfortable 10/10 times for some time until you gain momentum.
Look, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
If you hate talking to people or selling (uncomfortable), then you will need to spend a nice chunk of money on marketing which can easily fail and make you lose money (also uncomfortable).
Cut the pie however you’d like, in our world you can’t avoid the feeling of standing naked in front of a hundred sorority girls or spending your last $1 a week before rent is due.
Don’t let my article scare you, instead you should be thanking me because if you apply what I’m telling you, you will make money in your business 10x quicker than if you continue down the tragic path of “information overload”.
Knowledge isn’t key, applied knowledge is.
Once you start consistently making sales or bringing on clients/customers you can begin to expand by outsourcing and allocating cash to new growth tactics.
When I had my first “$1,000/Day” with my online business it looked NOTHING like I thought.
I didn’t even have a website or know what I was really selling….
Yeah, so get to work.
You can’t be afraid to whip that “thing” out in front of more people, who cares what they think!
Don’t have such a naughty mind 😉
I’m talking about your business, product, or service!
Good luck and cheers to getting stuff DONE moving forward!
Shoutout to Benjamin P. Hardy for helping ME get stuff done and start my Medium.com journey, and new book: “If you always do what you want, you’ll never get what you want” which is being worked on currently!
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Okay, so of course we all have that one friend who couldn’t sell water to a rich man stranded in the Mohave desert.
This article isn’t for them unfortunately, but it is for anyone who can learn and put in hard work.
When I say fool-proof, I mean that these business models are ALMOST guaranteed to work if you’re willing to push through the failure.
Would you lose $20,000 in 6 months if you knew you would make $120,000 the following 6 months?
I’m not saying you’ll lose $20,000…
You just need to understand the finish line will eventually come if you don’t stop.
By the way, nothing will make you rich overnight, including what I’m about to share with you.
However, they can make you rich over time and at scale.
In my opinion, here are the 3 Fool-Proof Business Models of 2017 with a bit of insight on each:
Why are these the 3 Fool-Proof Models of 2017?
It’s simple, each industry is continuing to grow and there’s so much money on the table in each and there isn't much overhead required.
The biggest thing to focus on is getting sales.
What if you could sell 5 websites or Instagram accounts for $1,000 each in the next 30 days?
Would that help your life and business?
Again, it’s not an overnight pipe dream... but if you are consistent that's a realistic goal that can happen WAY sooner than you think.
If you focused on one of these for 3-4 months straight I know for a FACT it would become an income stream for you.
Cheers and good luck!