Entrepreneurship is the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. French economist Jean-Baptiste Say noted that “The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield.” An Entrepreneur is a risk-taker, problem finder, and problem solver. An Entrepreneur is someone who setups an enterprise to add value, innovate, and make a profit for its shareholders.
‘Without commitment, you’ll never start, but more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.” – Denzel Washington
During his 2017 NAACP Image Awards acceptance speech, Award-Winning Actor Denzel Washington quipped: ‘Without commitment, you’ll never start, but more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.” Building a company or a brand that would stand the test of time requires consistently have a great work ethic and getting things done, day in and day out. We get rewarded in public for what we consistently refine and practice in private. Motivational Speaker and Author Anthony Robbins once said: “If you do the right thing at the wrong time you get pain – do the right thing at the right time and you will be rewarded – and to do that you need to take control of your own conditioning.”
The Key to get anything done is to Determine what is it you want, commit to achieving it and consistently execute your plans and goals. Whether it is losing weight, reading 100 books in a year, running a marathon, writing and passing a certification exam, it requires consistent preparation and commitment to the process of achieving your goals.
Here are some great quotes on consistence:
Between goals and achievement are discipline and consistency. – Denzel Washington
Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come. – Dwayne Johnson
Getting an audience is hard. Sustaining an audience is hard. It demands a consistency of thought, of purpose and of action over a long period of time. – Bruce Springsteen
To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping. – Chinese Proverb
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier
The secret of success is constancy of purpose. – Benjamin Disraeli
Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time. –John C. Maxwell
Consistency is the fruit of the tree of success. The more you do something effectively and with a goal in mind, the better you will get at it and the more you will feel fulfilled. – Dan O’Brien
It’s so simple really: If you say you’re going to do something, do it. If you start something, finish it. – Epictetus
Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals. – Jim Rohn
When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated but have consistency in their motivation.- Arsene Wenger
The hallmark of excellence, the test of greatness, is consistency. – Jim Tressel
I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work. – Louis C. K.
True consistency, that of the prudent and the wise, is to act in conformity with circumstances, and not to act always the same way under a change of circumstances-John C. Calhoun
Consistency is the key! If you can’t be consistent, then you can’t be anything.-Tony Gaskins
Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.-Bruce Lee
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.-Colin Powell
Being persistent may lead you to the door but consistency is the key which unlocks it. – Kenny Dasinger
Consistency is a key element, without which a leader is incapable of getting respect, success or even developing confidence in others. – Daniel Transon
Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing. That’s the Law of Consistency. It doesn’t matter how talented you are. It doesn’t matter how many opportunities you receive. If you want to grow, consistency is key. – John C. Maxwell
Consistency breeds familiarity, familiarity breeds confidence, and confidence breeds sales. – Jay Conrad Levinson
All the Best in your quest to get Better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.
Contrary to what you see on social media, everyone is still trying to figure it out; we all struggle; it is ok not to be ok; it is ok not to be perfect, progress not perfection; momentum is the key to achieving anything worthwhile. We live in a world where everyone’s life looks perfect on their social media timelines, it is always greener on the other side, but the reality is that everyone is winging it and trying to figure it out. No one has a challenge-free life, and the key to getting things done is to keep moving.
Atelophobia is the fear of not doing something right or the fear of not being good enough. It’s a fear of imperfection. Atelophobia is etymologically composed of two Greek words: the prefix Atelo(s) means imperfect and phobia, which means fear.
Atelophobia – Fear of Imperfection.
You are uniquely made, it is normal not to know what is coming next. No one started where they are right now, they took the risk to start, they bet on themself in spite of their imperfection. We do not start because of fear, imperfection, and fear of judgment, but the only way to achieve anything worthwhile is to feel the fear and do it anyway, even with the resistance, Don’t worry, be crappy; you would get better with time. We are all flawed, imperfect and it is normal to make mistakes, errors, but the key is to always learn from the errors, embrace your flaws and be imperfectly perfect.
The word ‘imperfect’ actually spells ‘I’m perfect’ because everyone is perfect in their own imperfect ways.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
When things go wrong, they seem to happen all at once, back to back; like murphy’s law states, whatever would go wrong would go wrong. Life is a roller coaster ride; sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down, sometimes you want to smile, but you can only cry. Life can be extremely rough and tough, but the key to navigating life’s vicissitudes is to know that everything in life is impermanent. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do; this too shall pass; whatever does not kill you makes you stronger. The sun will rise tomorrow, every wound would heal, and the challenges are not here to stay; they are here to make you a better version of yourself.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Envy /ˈenvē/ noun: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck. Envy is from the Latin root word, invidia, the sense of envy, looking upon associated with the evil eye, from invidere, “to look against, to look in a hostile manner.” Envy occurs when we pay attention to what we do not have. We pay more attention to what other people have; it comes from a place of ingratitude of our own blessings, it is a challenge of our perception, it is usually greener on the other side. Still, the truth is that those we are envious of also have their own issue.
In the age of social media, we are quick to compare the highlight reel and well-curated timelines of our peers to our own lives. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Envy is ignorance, Imitation is Suicide.” Envy is a cognitive distortion (thoughts that cause individuals to perceive reality inaccurately). Envy is the cause of our anxiety, worry, unhappiness, and our mental state. The only person we should be comparing ourselves with is yourself, self-comparison with others only leads to unhappiness and resentment. Envy is as old as humanity itself from cain and able to Joseph and his brothers.
“Envy is ignorance, Imitation is Suicide.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is closest people to us that are usually envious of us, our parents, siblings, friends, colleagues, childhood peers. As the African Proverb says “If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.” Dealing with envy is very tough as it is the people we love the most that eventually get envious of us because of our success or progress. The key is to give gratitude for whatever you have and be content with the world and yourself.
“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”– Theodore Roosevelt
Procrastination originates from the Latin procrastinatus, which itself evolved from the prefix pro-, meaning “forward,” and crastinus, meaning “of tomorrow. Procrastination is the act of delaying a set of tasks or actions, despite the fact that we know it might have negative consequences. We have all been through it, at the beginning of the year, we are all motivated to set big goals but as the journey becomes harder, we delay, we stop, we postpone, and say someday I’ll. The challenge is that someday becomes never and we forget our goals, dreams, and aspiration hence we settle for less than we can become.
You do not need to be great to start but you have to start to be great. The key is to break the habitual delaying and procrastination, you need to have a bias for action, the discipline, and dedication to follow through, even when your goals get tough. We procrastinate because it is not a priority for us, until you make it a priority, you would continuously postpone your goals.
“Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you’ve got it, you’ve lost it.” – Sir Edward Hulse
Sir Edward Hulse once said, “Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you’ve got it, you’ve lost it.” Staying humble is hard, especially when things are going right, and staying calm is extremely tough when things are not going right. Microsoft Founder Bill Gates quipped, “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”. The key is never to let success get into your heart and not letting failure get into your heart. Staying humble can be hard, but it is a great way to live.
When it is darkest, we can see the stars. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are three inevitable things we are all going to deal with: Death, Taxes, and Challenges. No one lives a problem-free life, and we are all going to DIE. Life would happen to us all; it is not a matter of if; it is a matter of when. You are either going into a storm, going through a new storm, or coming out of a storm. We lose a loved one; we get laid off from a job; we deal with infertility; we get diagnosed with a terminal illness; we get disappointed; we get divorced; we get heartbroken. It is tough going through the challenges and vicissitudes of life, and in these trying times, we expect our family and friends to be there for us, but most times, they are not equipped to help us navigate the challenges of grief.
“There are two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.” – Jodi Picoult
Happiness is an emotional response to an outcome; if you win, you become happy. If you don’t, you become unhappy. It is an if-then, cause and effect proposition that is not sustainable because every time you attain a certain level of happiness, you raise the bar, and it is an endless loop. We also schedule and delay our happiness; we say when this happens, I will become happy. If this then that, Someday I’ll when so and so happens, I would be happy when I get married we change it to when we have kids, then when the kids leave home to when there are grandkids, there is always a reason to postpone. It is a constant moving target.
American Actor Matthew McConaughey in his thought provoking commencement speech to the 2015 University of Houston graduating students described happiness as:
“Happiness is an emotional response to an outcome — If I win I will be happy, if I don’t I won’t. An if-then, cause and effect, quid pro quo standard that we cannot sustain because we immediately raise it every time we attain it. You see, happiness demands a certain outcome, it is result reliant.”
“If happiness is what you’re after, then you are going to be let down frequently and be unhappy much of your time. Joy, though, is something else. It’s not a choice, not a response to some result, it is a constant. Joy is “the feeling we have from doing what we are fashioned to do,” no matter the outcome.”
“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a month — get married. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.” – Chinese Proverb
You are either a part of the problem or a part of the solution. Junior Chamber International is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs. I used to be a member of JCI during my university days; the organization encourages members to become active citizens and participate in social and economic development efforts.
The JCI motto is “Service to humanity is the best work of life.” As Forner UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
“You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life.” – Zig Ziglar
A priority is something that you need to do more of, and you need to do sooner than later. According to Alfredo Pareto (Pareto Principle) -focusing attention on the top 20% of your priorities will get an 80% return on your effort. Your priority is your most important task and the top of mind that needs to be taken care of before any other activity.
Your attitude determines your altitude, how far you go in life is determined by your outlook in life. Attitude (noun): a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior. The word Attitude is equal to 100, A + T + T + I + T + U + D + E (1 + 20 + 20 + 9 + 20 + 21 + 4 + 5 = 100%) Attitude is everything.
Author John C.Maxwell, in his book Today Matters writes:
A mother and her adult daughter were out shopping one day, trying to make the most of a big sale weekend before Christmas. As they went from store to store in the mall, the older woman complained about everything: the crowds, the poor quality of the merchandise, the prices, and her sore feet. After the mother experienced a particularly difficult interaction with a clerk in one department store, she turned to her daughter and said, “I’m never going back to that store again. Did you see that dirty look she gave me?
The daughter answered, “She didn’t give it to you, Mom. You had it when you went in!”
When we interact with others, our attitudes often set the tone for how we treat one another. Smile at people when you meet them, and they often smile back. Act combative, and they are likely to snap back at you. If you want to enjoy mostly pleasant interaction with people as you go through your day, treat others well. It works more often than not.
“Your attitude is a choice. If you desire to make your day a masterpiece, then you need to have a great attitude. If it’s not good now, you need to change it. Make the decision. ”
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein
A lot of us talk a great deal, but talk they say is cheap. At the beginning of the year, we are all pumped up about all the goals we will achieve in the year. Still, as the day goes by, we begin to renege on the promise we made to ourselves; we do this because of a lack of deciding what we really want and a lack of commitment and the integrity to follow through.
When it is time to execute, we do not follow through with relentless work habit, when you honour your word, you build pride and joy for yourself and respect from other others, but if you do not honour your words, you begin to lose pride and also lose respect from others. I am a firm believer in showing and not telling, let your results speak for you: Your Results would cancel the Insults. If you say you will do something, go ahead and do it: Honour your Word.
A Routine is a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program. A lot of us focus on the goal/goal setting but one of the easiest way to get your goals achieved is to have systems and daily routines. As Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act but a habit.” How you do anything is how you do everything, you get rewarded in public for what you repeatedly do in private.
‘The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.’ – Michangelo
It is that time of the year again where we are all making New Year’s resolutions, setting goals, wishes, re-awakening but a lot of us would not follow through because we are obsessed with the goal but not with the process, we write the goals but we do not decide and commit to following through, we do not set up the systems and routine that would make the goals achievable.
A Goal is a dream with a deadline, to achieve your goals this year; you need to set SMART Goals. Ask yourself, are my goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound.