Dear Frustrated Entrepreneur – A year ago today, I was on a flight to Los Angeles (as I am now writing this) but my situation was much different. 12 months ago I was a recent business guy turned matchmaker. Many of my friends and former business partners laughed, mocked, and more damaging to me personally, doubted me. I recall a family friend visiting me at my house and saying “look, you have a son now, stop playing around and get a REAL career.”
I didn’t have much to respond with – revenue was coming in but nowhere near what I made in my previous job. Competitors were popping up daily, and my current marketing efforts weren’t stellar (I was a social media layman having just joined twitter). All that said, although the world felt like it was against me, there was this voice in my mind telling me to keep trying.
But I couldn’t explain that to my friend. If on top of all his disappointment I told him I had a little voice in my head, he would have strapped me down and taken me off for a psychiatric evaluation.
A year later (today) I’m flying to Los Angeles to do the The Talk. It’ll be my second appearance on the show and my 14th national TV appearance within a year. Within the last year, I starred alongside Oprah in what has become an award winning TV show. Within the last year, I published a book that became an Amazon bestseller within 4 days. Within the last year, I more than quadrupled my earnings. What a difference a year can make!
So if you’re frustrated, if your friends and family doubt you, if you’re not making enough money to justify staying in business, if you have no idea why you’re listening to that one little voice telling you to keep going. I ask you to keep listening – that’s faith talking to you.