Hurdles, Obstacles and the Long Haul
If you have a desire to become an entrepreneur, you better learn to deal with obstacles, it's just that simple.
Knowing this, expect the delays, the disappointments, and the hurdles that come your way because they will come. And that's OK! It's good to know that going in. Knowing that all things will not be smooth sailing and you will have to deal with those hard days and those hard lessons that will be thrown at you. One of the advantages of knowing this ahead of time is that you'll have the opportunity to learn from your experiences and mistakes. From experience, I can tell you that if you don't learn from your errors, these lessons will continue to appear in your life until you do understand where you're making mistakes.
One of the best pieces of advice I could give is to learn from someone that has been where you are going or has done what you want to do.
As an example, I love to play golf, and at one time in my life, I decided I wanted to get better. I had tried listening to my father, my friends, and even others that I used to play with, but they were not helping me get any better. So I decided that I was going to learn from a professional. I hired a PGA coach. It cost me money and a lot of time, but after years of lessons and many hours of practice, I am now able to play with a great deal of proficiency. Now, instead of slicing the ball off the tee, I work the ball left or right depending on where I want to hit it. I reach the green in regulation more often, and the game is much more enjoyable for me to play.
Being in business is similar to the example above. I have done the same thing and reached out and learned from others. Today, I still search out others to learn what I need to know to move to the next level. There is nothing wrong in asking for help or seeking others available to help show you the way. I also seek out books to learn what I need to know.
As you all know, I have had many mentors, and one of my favorites is Zig Ziglar. He used to say, "If you will be hard on yourself, life will be infinitely easier on you. But if you insist upon being easy on yourself, life is going to be very hard on you." I have found this to be true.
I'd like to leave you with one last quote, shared with me by an associate of mine that has never left the forefront of my mind. Being in business and reaching a goal is a lot like sailing. You can see your destination, but you will have to sail left, then right, then left again many times to reach where you want to go.
David Blackford, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer has lived and worked around the world. He has a background in marketing and sales, international relations, and project management involving database design and development. His father, knowing his capabilities, enlisted his help to take care of the technical issues. Together they formed A-Leg-Up LLC.