Entrepreneurial tips #13
The name of my blog is Push Harder.
It’s also my philosophy. And that’s why I’m finishing my entrepreneurial tips with it.
Pushing harder has served me well. To be clear, I don’t mean being pushy or annoying. I mean always being willing to take that extra step; to convince yourself you have the energy or the stamina or the talent to knock on one more door, or run one more mile or contact one more new business lead.
I have worked around politics since I was a teenager. Of course I always want my candidate to win. But it’s not possible to win every time. And while we might get outspent on a campaign, I won’t be outworked.
I pushed harder at my grocery store job, in my lower-rung positions at the statehouse in Columbia, in college, at the political jobs I had and most definitely with my own company.
No surprise—it’s called Push.
If you’ve read my blog you know that I also participate in a lot of endurance events through F3, through GoRuck and on my own with marathon training and the events. I started participating in these events for two reasons: (1) both my parents died young and I’d prefer not to, so I have committed myself to better health and nutrition, and (2) to see if I could. To push myself.
Completing my first marathon, surviving the HTL GORUCK Normandy event, finishing some of these F3 challenges—all of these have given me more confidence and a greater sense of satisfaction. In each case, I pushed harder and, guess what? It worked.
If you are thinking about starting a business or you already have, consider this: you will often be around people with more money or more experience or more connections. Here’s the thing—your secret weapon is you. That’s the one thing THEY don’t have.
What you can control is how you approach things. How prepared you are, how much energy you bring, your attitude—these things really do make all the difference. All the time.
Two words of advice. Push harder.