Probably 75% of the articles on Entrepreneurship and creativity are positive messages with little substance. Everybody seems to want to be encouraged and reassured.
The problem is, I just don't think that this - entrepreneurship - is the kind of area where you deal with predictable variables. Entrepreneurship is the kind of career where you need to learn how to find your way in the dark.
The saddest thing about business success stories is how misleading the path backwards looks, when we can see each step of the way clearly, but forget that for a normal person going forward, all of those steps were amongst dozens of other choices they made that ended up going nowhere, or were mediocre––or were absolute failures.
The path forward feels more like you don't know for certain what consequences will come of your actions. You have to make blind decisions and wait for the results.
And when you've made it, everybody looks at the decision before the result and thinks it must have been easy to know how much you were going to achieve from that decision, but I don't think it's ever easy. If it were easy, it probably wouldn't have such fantastic results.
Taking calculated risks is the foundation of all entrepreneurs and business owners. And you have to be prepared to live with the results of those risks.
The worst year of my life - the lowest point - was the year I knew I was going to be successful. I wasn't successful that year, but in the midst of my biggest feeling of disappointment and failure, I realized I could survive the consequences of my risks... and I didn't have to be afraid anymore.
Things were going to go wrong, but I was going to figure out how to survive it. And eventually, nothing would be left to stop me from succeeding.