Believe in Yourself When Nobody Else Does

Believe in Yourself When Nobody Else Does
©Benjamin Child 2015

It’s the ideas that are farfetched that people question. Building an arc for the biggest flood to come was a crazy idea Noah was given. When Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands to march in Washington to make a stand against racism he was questioned by many people who couldn’t fathom that this movement would be possible and would have awesome results.

History is full of people who had wild ideas and dreams. Apple Computer, the printing press, the wheel, electricity (was founded, not invented), telephones, engines, Penicillin, and the internet all came from people who didn’t know what they were doing at first. They had no idea where to begin their search. They also had multiple people tell them that their idea was impossible to achieve.

Today these inventions have contributed so much to our society that it’s hard to view living a life without them.

You’re reading this thinking, “So what does this have to do with me?”

Well, I know you have an idea. It can be an invention, but for most of us, it’s a business we want to start, a move, or marriage.

Let me explain one thing. There are 2 kinds of people. People who want to be comfortable. They want to cruise through life and be able to pay bills, own nice sneakers, and get their hair done without striving for much else. There’s not much sacrifice.

Then there are the people who would sleep on the floor of an empty apartment because the money they have they put into their business and ideas and not into furniture. You are one of these people. You want opportunity, adventure and success.

You will do anything to have success. By success, I mean financial success, relationship success and more. A healthy and long-lasting marriage with a striving business. You’re willing to struggle while you’re young to enjoy the benefits later.

Keep at it. Keep pushing toward what you want to do.

I wanted to move to New York City. Many people told me that Lancaster, PA was comfortable and inexpensive. In my mind, I thought, what about the opportunity and the people you could meet? That’s in New York City.

I married young and was given so much opposition. I still got married. I’m invested in my marriage for the long run. I’m invested in New York City. I’m also invested in Tru.Works. I’ve worked Tru.Works for 6 years now and am still going at it.

Tru.Works is my idea. My dream. I won’t let anyone tell me it’s a waste of time. My closest friends, my family or potential investors. I don’t know where it’s going but it’s going somewhere. I must believe in that.

As much as I want to say that if you have a dream, reach for the moon, and you’ll make it. You’ll only make it if you keep at it and never give up. You must learn from other people. You must find other successful entrepreneurs and learn from them. You must accept that you don’t know everything.

Running a business is harder than it seems. Especially if you’re going to start with zero dollars.

That doesn’t mean it’s not possible to do whatever it is you want to do.

History not only is full of people who have created and became wonderful examples of entrepreneurship and leadership. History is also full of people who have done nothing with their lives.

These people want to be led. Want to fit into the mold. They want to just have enough. Why don’t they hustle more? Why don’t they grind more? Why not push themselves to their limits. Why do they waste so much talent?

This will not be me. This will not be you. It can’t be. You know that you can’t live this way. It kills you knowing you did nothing to reach your goal. I feel the same way. Every day, I’m pushing. Every day I’m busting my butt. Every day I’m talking to new people and getting to know acquaintances until they become my friends.

It’s not because I want something in return but I genuinely care about these people. I want to help people. I need money to help my family, my friends or anyone in need.

How can anyone think they can help someone without money? You may be able to give your time but you could use that time to make more money to give.

These thoughts are the thought of a leader, an entrepreneur, a businessman. There are others like you. You are not alone.

God put this dream in you. You cannot run from it.

Let’s get to it. Here’s what you can do to get started:

  1. Write it down
  2. Make a to-do list on how to get your idea started
  3. Figure what it’ll take to create your product or business
  4. How much time do you need?
  5. Get started. If it’s not a whole idea, that’s okay. Just do it. As much as you may want things to be perfect before you begin your project you can’t wait too long. Every day you wait is a day wasted.
  6. As you go along perfect your strategy. Go back and redo old ideas.
  7. Share your idea. Let everyone know about it.
  8. Surround yourself with people who think like you.
  9. 10X everything you do -Grant Cardone
  10. Read books, gain knowledge and wisdom

As the years roll by you will see success in your idea. Nothing is an instant success. Even Justin Bieber sang in the streets of Canada and posted YouTube videos almost daily to get his name out there.

One last piece of advice. Once you do find some success in what you do, don’t ever get big headed about it. Any moment God can take away what you have to teach you a lesson in humbleness. It’s an important quality to have. Humbleness is important to God and so it should probably be important to you. Nobody wants to help a jerk out.

Wait, one more piece of advice. You will need help. You cannot do everything alone. Hire people who can do one thing way better than you.

I hope you don’t feel alone. I hope you go ahead and shoot for your dreams no matter what people say.

Yessenia is a compelling and innovative program and operations manager who uses her 5+ years of experience in operations management and graphic design to determine small business needs in the areas of inventory costs, labor expenses, P&L, COGs, marketing, and graphic design to create and manage profitable plans for small businesses and individual projects. She is the Owner and Founder of Tru.Works.
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