Success isn’t common when starting your own business. When 50% of startups fail within the first five years the odds are already against you. People are taught about success long before they ever actually experience it. The problem is a lot of people lie about what it is to be successful. There are many myths and misconceptions about what it is to be a success, and this guide is going to introduce you to some of them.
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You Must Know Everything to Be Successful
It’s easy to look at successful people and believe that you have to be an incredible person to gain that success. The fact is so many people who’re successful are no more than ordinary people. You don’t have to know everything to be successful. You just need to have the characteristics of someone who’s going to make it big. All the other answers will come in time, or at least the people who know the answers will.
You Don’t Need to Change Who You Are
This couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s nothing more than Disney garbage. Not everyone is cut out for achieving their goals, and if you fall into this category you have to be able to change yourself. The smartest entrepreneurs believe failure will make them better, and they’re right.
The best of the best are not the same people they were when they first started. Owning your mistakes will make you more powerful.
Of course, there are times to persevere, but this should never turn into stubbornness. There’s a fine line between the two.
Overnight Success is Something Only the Best Can Achieve
Overnight success isn’t something only the best can achieve. In fact, overnight success isn’t something anyone can achieve. Real success takes hard work and it takes a lot of hard work over a number of years. You can see some overnight spikes in your fortunes, but success is about consistency and it’s about always getting what you want.
One of the biggest myths in entrepreneurship is that overnight success is something you can attain. It just doesn’t exist and shouldn’t be something that you should aim for. Every person you see on the front of Time got there because of hard work and persistence.
Just because you think someone got somewhere fast doesn’t mean you’re seeing the full story.
You Don’t Have to Make Sacrifices
Some people believe that you can have it all. And they’re right, but you can’t have it all at the same time. Only when you get to the end of your life can you look back and say that you can have it all. In the meantime, you have to prioritize. How are you going to go on vacation for six months out of every year and build a fledgling business? It can’t be done.
What entrepreneurs often don’t tell you is the amount of sacrifices they have to make to get where they are today.
Success Will Solve All Your Problems
It doesn’t matter how rich you are. It doesn’t matter how great your life is. You’re always going to have problems. That’s not something success can solve. It’s something that’s always going to exist because that’s how life works. The difference between you and the ones who have made it is they’ve figured out strategies for coping with and solving those problems.
It wouldn’t be false to say that those who’re successful actually have more problems. They have more considerations as a result of being somebody. Those problems are different to yours, but they’re in no way less important.
Success Will Make People Love You
Some people want to become big because they want people to be proud of them. They want the praise that comes with being someone special. The problem is that just isn’t going to happen. If anything, the exact opposite happens. People are going to hate you more out of jealousy. They want what you have. They’re going to think you don’t deserve to have what you have.
Why do you think celebrities garner so much hatred for apparently no reason at all?
Last Word – Getting to the Top is Hard
Don’t let anyone convince you that getting to the top isn’t hard. It’s harder than staying at the bottom and becoming successful isn’t going to improve your life in every sense. It will get rid of your existing problems, but only because there are even more problems to deal with.
The difference is the successful know how to deal with these problems.
About the Author
I am a regular writer for Forbes, Inc., Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Media (among others), as well as CEO and Chairman of Alumnify Inc. Proud alum from 500 Startups and The University of San Diego. Follow me on Twitter @ajalumnify