The whole point of entrepreneurship is learning how to not run away. It’s learning how to face challenges head on, despite the natural tendency to run in the complete opposite direction/bury your head in the ground when things get tough.
It’s really as simple as that. Because I think the greatest entrepreneurs have this basic quality. I am nowhere near where I need to be on this metric. I’m your classic, when the going gets tough, hit the road kind of gal. Across all aspects of my life. Personal, professional, you name it, I have probably run away from it. I run away from tough gym classes (in college they knew me as the girl that left after 10 minutes), tough relationships, tough challenges in general. I usually just run.
But today I realized just how much I am missing when I do run. Because I think the very first time I decided not to run away when things got tough was with NextDrop. It is a shit house, and has been a shit house since November. But you know what? The pain and trauma over the last 4 months has been the time I’ve experienced the most personal growth. And the most rewards too. I’m doing things I never thought I would have the courage to do. I never thought I would be able to do. But it’s happening. I am doing it. Who knew?
Here’s the thing. Once you make that one ridiculously scary decision to stick something through, you’ll never know how much reward is in store. Because honestly? Worst case, you end up in the same place you were at when you first decided to leave.
Probably a few experiences wiser though.
And that. THAT is invaluable.