The Edge Of Greatness
In the corporate world, I started to lose my drive. I started to get slow. I started to give up. I started to lose THAT EDGE.
Entrepreneurship, on the other hand, is the survival of the fittest. The market determines the winners and losers. Not your parents, not your boss, not your degree on the wall. The market determines if you're good enough.
How you deal with adversity will decide if you're a winner BEFORE you actually win. It's an ongoing mental struggle, but it sharpens your instincts along the way.
There's no magic potion that makes you sharp in the business world. It is an acquired sense that you pick up along the way. The harder the road, the more you learn. Different beginnings, different industries, different connections will all play a factor.
One of the best take-a-ways any experience can give you is CONFIDENCE. Few qualities in life are sought after as much confidence. It's that feeling you get when anything pops up in your life that is challenging, but you don't sweat, don't worry, and tell yourself "I got this".
Look at some of the greatest boxers in the history of the sport - Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquaio, Roberto Duran, Rocky Marciano. The list goes on and on. What do they all have in common? They all come from nothing. Very poor beginnings. Now, do you think that has something to do with their success? Of course it does. They all had an "edge" to them. Some call it the EDGE OF GREATNESS.
Humble beginnings can give you a hunger and a thirst unlike anything else. Yes, it might make your climb steeper and longer, but the climb will make you sharper than the rest. No matter what happened in the ring, they already knew they could handle it. Fighting to live was in their blood. It was ingrained in their DNA. They were fighters. They were survivors. All because their climb was not easy from the very beginning.
That is why I never pray for an easy path. I pray for ability and time to make it.