Today, whenever we hear about someone who has found success in a new business, we can’t help but feel awestruck at what they have achieved. We start wondering: Can I do the same, if not better? Soon after, we fill our minds with hesitation and throw around a bunch of excuses until we end up not doing anything.
The thing is, whether you want to invest in a fresh food franchise or build a company from the ground up, you can make it happen. We all have the potential to be great, but nothing will come of it if we continue to give in to our doubts. So what you need to do is silence those voices of doubt in your head and take the plunge.
Here are some of the excuses you might have said yourself and why you’re wrong for believing each of them:
“It’s too late.”
Some say that age doesn’t matter in love, but that also applies in business. It is irrelevant whether you’re a twenty-something or a retiree, you can always have that fresh start you’re looking for. It is just a matter of commitment on your part to making it happen. Owning a business means finding success in starting something that fills you with pride and joy, and there’s neither an age requirement nor an age limit for that. Age, after all, is just a number.
“I don’t know how.”
Everybody starts from somewhere. Experts do start as beginners. So if you have been using this as an excuse, stop and reframe your mind. Just because you don’t know how to do something does not mean that you can’t learn it inside out.
Besides, in this day and age, you can always pick up a book or search the web for resources that can help you with the fundamentals of business. You also have peers and friends you can come to for advice. You can also find mentors and connect with those who have the insight for the business. Regardless of the type of business you want to start, know that there are a ton of opportunities for you to learn what’s needed; you have to start taking them.
“I’m scared of failing.”
As Henry Ford once said, “Failure is simply the chance to start again, this time more intelligently.” There’s absolutely no reason to fear failure because you can learn a lot from the instances you fall. What matters is that you are always able to push yourself and get back up. For all your attempts that didn’t work, those that do are magical and make all your efforts worth it.
In the end, remember that your success is just around the corner, but you can’t reach it without crossing the line or making that blind turn. It is time to stop making excuses and to start making something happen for real. Your only limit is you, and once you start taking chances and seizing opportunities, you might end up exceeding your expectations.