Gurbaksh Chahal | Enjoy the Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster
Entrepreneurship is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs.
It can be a crazy, manic ride with highs and lows. You hurtle along at a breakneck pace. It’s exciting. It’s exhilarating. It’s awesome. It’s mind-blowing.
The ride can get scary, especially when there’s a sudden precipitous fall. But the good news is that after your stomach-churning plummet to the bottom you immediately rocket to the highest high.
And it’s your choice to either scream or enjoy the ride.
Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. You have to be strong. Have courage. Be persistent. Never give up.
You have to be flexible. Adaptable. And think on your feet.
You not only have to dream big, but also turn those dreams into reality by hustling harder. And by proving the disbelievers wrong.
That means putting in long hours. It means hard work—working harder than everyone else. Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “Always go the extra mile, there’s a lot less traffic up there.”
You don’t have to have a master’s degree to be a masterful entrepreneur. You don’t even have to be the smartest person in the room. But you need to be able to ask all of the right questions. You have to have a thirst for knowledge and never stop learning. And you have to be a leader.
You can only be an entrepreneur if you have passion. If you’re ready to handle all of the inevitable challenges that will stand in your way. You need to be the kind of person who can break down barriers and is willing to stretch yourself every day to do better than you did the day before.
It means dedication. It means persistence. It means being determined to come out as the winner.
It requires being a risk-taker. Having self-esteem and confidence. Believing in yourself. Being willing to expect the unexpected. Having great imagination. Developing awe-inspiring ideas. Teach yourself to be impatient.
It means having a purpose in your life. Being authentic. Knowing that you have a destiny. Believing in Karma.
And you need to absolutely love what you do, day in and day out. As a wise man once said, “Find something you love to do and you will never have to work for the rest of your life.”
Riding the entrepreneurial rollercoaster gets your blood pumping. It makes you feel alive. Strap yourself in and take off. Be prepared to be rocked and thrown around. Know that there are going to be gut-wrenching moments. But the overall breathtaking journey brings immense satisfaction and happiness.
Go out there, cherish each moment and enjoy that roller coaster.
Chairman & CEO, ProcureNet | Founder, Chahal Foundation | 3 Exits $400MM+ | 4X Entrepreneur | Author | Guest Lecturer |Hong Kong | Bay Area
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