“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”
Are you waiting on that one nugget of wisdom from your 15th self help book that will convince you to start your own small business? Well, here it is in a nutshell, WORK HARD. There is no magic bean. There aren’t many products or services a small business can invest in that are truly turn key either. The same goes for concepts and ideas. They are all meant to inspire you, but none of them turn the cranks of your idea machine to churn out your widget.
The Mind Is Sugarland
You can spend a lifetime getting gratification from just thinking about the business you will start one day. Perhaps every now and then you write something down and share it with a friend. You get that drip drop of encouragement that satisfies your dream’s itch for another year. You put off being your own boss and choose unconsciously to be entertained by various mediums rather than fulfilling your own dreams. Either stop thinking about it or do it.
You Cannot Help Everyone, But You Alone Can Help Yourself
I can tell you from experience that your business will never settle out of an evolving state. You will need to filter ideas and tactics to focus on the things that move you forward. If anything crosses your path that claims to be a shortcut, beware. It is probably a gimmick. The only shortcut I know of is free time to work on your business.
WooshData’s core passion is business development. The technical services currently offered by WooshData are intertwined with that passion. If you do not know how to get started then talk to me for free. My email is [email protected]. You need feedback from someone who isn’t your friend or family member. You can also consider getting a SCORE Mentor to help you get started. They are free and available to you all over the United States.
Some ideas are timeless. The quote below that B.C. Forbes wrote in 1917 is no exception.
I keep a copy of this with me everywhere I go.
“Keys to Success” by B.C. Forbes, published in 1917.
Your success depends on you.
Your happiness depends on you.
You have to steer your own course.
You have to shape your own fortune.
You have to educate yourself.
You have to do your own thinking.
You have to live with your own conscience.
Your mind is yours and can be used only by you.
You come into this world alone.
You go to the grave alone.
You are alone with your inner thoughts during the journey between.
You make your own decisions.
You must abide by the consequences of your acts.
“I cannot make you well unless you make yourself well,” an eminent doctor often tells his patients.
You alone can regulate your habits and make or unmake your health.
You alone can assimilate things mental and things material.
Said a Brooklyn preacher, offering his parishioners communion one Sunday: “I cannot give you the blessings and teh benefits of this holy feast. You must appropriate them for yourselves. The banquet is spread; help yourself freely.
“You may be invited to a feast where the table is laden with the choicest foods, but unless you appropriate and assimilate them, they can do you no good. So it is with this holy feast. You must appropriate its blessings. I cannot infuse them into you.”
You have to do your own assimilation all through life.
You have be taught by a teacher, but you have to imbibe the knowledge. He cannot transfuse it into your brain.
You alone can control your mind cells and your brain cells.
You may have spread before you the wisdom of the ages, but unless you assimilate it you derive no benefit from it; no one can force it into your cranium.
You alone can move your own legs.
You alone can move your own arms.
You alone can utilize your own hands.
You alone can control your own muscles.
You must stand on your feet, physically and metaphorically.
You must take your own steps.
Your parents cannot enter into your skin, take control of your mental and physical machinery, and make something of you.
You cannot fight your son’s battles; that he must do for himself.
You have to be captain of your own destiny.
You have to see through your own eyes.
You have to use your own ears.
You have to master your own faculties.
You have to solve your own problems.
You have to form your own ideals.
You have to create your own ideas.
You must choose your own speech.
You must govern your own tongue.
Your real life is your thoughts.
Your thoughts are your own making.
Your character is your own handiwork.
You alone can select the materials that go into it.
You alone can reject what is not fit to go into it.
You are the creator of your own personality.
You can be disgraced by no man’s hand but your own.
You can be elevated and sustained by no man but yourself.
You have to write your own record.
You have to build your own monument – or dig your own pit.
Which are you doing?