I meet people every day who have started businesses but they aren't "successful" yet. You can't read the news without headlines of companies failing. In this world of "chase your dreams" very few people talk about the fact that success is hard, and doesn't usually look like what we picture.
SUCCESS IS NOT SOME MAGICAL DESTINATION WHERE EVERYTHING IS PERFECT
There is no perfect day where everything in your business is smooth as butter, you're fabulously wealthy, and the sun is shining. Everyday there will be new challenges, and you have to strap on your boxing gloves and climb in the ring. That never changes. It doesn't matter how large you grow, how much money you make, or how many team members you have, every day is about strapping on the gloves and jumping in. So how do you motivate yourself for a fight each morning?
MORE THAN MONEY
There has to be something driving you deep down in your soul that's about more than money. If money is all you do it for, you'll eventually lose that driving fire. You'll realize there are probably easier ways to make money than the daily fight. You'll give up. There has to be an unquenchable passion for what you do and why you do it. It has to go beyond money.
THE RENT AXIOM
In his phenomenal book, Take The Stairs, author Rory Vaden writes about "The Rent Axiom." Success is never owned, it is only rented, and the rent is due every day. This is the same idea as training for a fight. You have to jump in there and do the things you know to do every day to be successful. You have to train when everyone else wants to sit and watch TV. You have to do the things others aren't willing to do.
The truth is most business owners don't want to fight the fight, and that's why only 3 in 10 businesses last a decade or more.