Entrepreneurship is a Roller Coaster: Don't Quit, Enjoy the Ride

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    How many successful people have you heard say: I always knew I was going to be successful?

    Maybe it’s supreme confidence, or maybe they realized that they were put on earth to do something and executed upon it, but recently I've come to one important conclusion– if you know you are going to be successful, then you will be successful.

    You just can’t quit.

    If you show up everyday, do the things it takes to be successful, then you will be.

    The takeaway: stop stressing about it and enjoy the ride.

    I’m guilty of trying to muscle my way to where I want to go. You know the type– if you’re late, you hurry, if times are tough, you work longer and harder, and when things go wrong, you are extra hard on yourself….

    Where Are You Rushing Anyway?

    Everyone says it’s about the journey, not the destination.

    Either that’s bullsh*t, or everyone just seems to forget to practice this critical little cliché. I look around (and inside myself) and see a hell of lot of stressed out people in our goal oriented society….

    Wherever they are going– they are certainly in a hurry.

    When you are so focused on where you are going, you forget to keep calm, and be present. If you truly believe that the journey was the fun part, you’d stop worrying so much about the future .

    If you’re like me, you’re in a hurry to live up to your potential, meet expectations, and “be all you can be” like we’ve watched one too many US Army commercials.

    Well, my potential isn’t a destination.

    It’s About the Process

    As Co-founder of Patagonia and author of “Let My People Go Surfing” Yvonne Chouinard says it’s all about the process.

    Chouinard talks about how he never tried to build a massive outdoor equipment empire, instead, just like surfing or climbing, he focused on the process, not the destination. To Yvonne, it wasn’t about the size of the company, it was about the process of delivering a quality product over and over again.

    Hold On For the Ride

    By focusing on the process and not the destination, you spend your time and energy solving sizable problems, instead of being overwhelmed, stressed, and worried about where you are going. You focus on the present and the things you can solve right now.

    As a close friend going through a hard time told me, when you’re in a tailspin, just like a fighter pilot, you just have to let go and stop fighting it.

    If you take this approach through your own business and life, we can all learn to stop fighting it, and enjoy that feeling in the pit of your stomach– it’s why we ride this rollercoaster anyway.

    Matt Wilson is Co-founder of Under30CEO, Host of the Live Different Podcast and Adventurer at the travel company Under30Experiences.  Get his free e-book the Under30Experiences Escape Manual.