Sep 14, 2019
Welcome to this week's solo episode, #164. It was ten years this week that I left full-time employment at Virgin Atlantic Airways and decided to enter the world of entrepreneurship.
I like the symmetry.
Since then I have started four different businesses. I've had my share of both success and failures. I've learnt that there is no 'secret formula', no 'secret sauce' to running a successful business. There is also no such thing as an 'overnight success'.
This has been borne out throughout the two and a half years I've been hosting this podcast, backed up by countless entrepreneurs that I've interviewed.
If you think you don't know what you're doing, then join the club. Everyone's winging it when they start.
Tony Robbins defines F.E.A.R as "F**k Everything And Run".
So many people quit when they're within touching distance of success.
But most people quit way before then. When it comes to podcasting, most people quit after 6, 8 or 10 episodes when they haven't reached #1 yet. Likewise I always used to see new business owners write a weekly blog for 2 or 3 months and then quit. That's why I got ranked #1 for all the keywords I needed to be ranked for in my first business. because I kept going.
I'm super-proud of this podcast reaching #164 episodes. Last week, we were even the #2 entrepreneurship podcast in Algeria behind Gary Vaynerchuk! How random is that!
I know I've said this before, but there really has never been a better time to start a business. The speed of communication, the speed with which you can get things done because of the internet, mobile phones has never been quicker.
But you've got to start. And it doesn't matter with what. Just do something. Take the next step. There's not a right or wrong. Just do one thing to move yourself and your business forward. And do the same the next day. And the next. Then you'll build momentum. You've just got to keep going.
Don't quit when the going gets tough - and it will - just keep going.
Over time, your network will grow, your resources will grow, your knowledge will grow. Which you can then leverage to make your business a success, and reach your goals, fulfil your dreams.
It's only now, after ten years, that I feel like an unstoppable force. That I'm doing the right thing at the right time, and for the right reasons.
I love podcasting, and I now love making podcasts for other people - helping them tell their stories through the power of a podcast. Next week see's the release of the first of many new podcast releases from me and my team, and I for one can't wait.
So don't be discouraged when you haven't reached your goals yet. If it was easy - everybody would be an entrepreneur. You've got to be in it for the long haul. You've got to be patient, determined and able to persevere.