I wanted to share a few thoughts on how to endure the toughest times.
Firstly, know that every single successful person I’ve spent time with has experienced genuinely hard times in their career. From wealthy tech entrepreneurs to veteran creative pros, we all go through it. Often it’s at the start of the journey, but there is no pattern and it can catch people completely off guard when things go wrong or spiral down fast.
"Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try." - M Jordan
Accept that you can only control so much, and there is a higher wisdom beyond ourselves. There is a creative source in the universe that has nurtured and protected you since you were a baby. Having this faith and reliance upon God (tawakul) will give you tremendous endurance in the face of any uncertainty.
“Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself, or give it to yourself. Nobody else can.” - Singer
Open the news. Look at how much struggle and pain is in the world at this very moment. Imagine your daily grind was just to get water for your kids. Or risking your life to move out of war zone. Your business or professional challenge is the mildest of tests.
“I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened." – Twain.
Go back to where it all began. What inspired you? Why is this journey so important to you? Am I still passionate about this cause? Has the vision changed? Do I still feel that burning connection to solve this problem? If the answer is yes, know that success requires your unrelenting personal grit to make it happen.
“... the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.” - Jobs
This is essential. Having startup founder friends and mentorship from older professionals got me through some tough times. They can relate and give you both a friendly listening ear for your rant, and practical wisdoms that will help. I have weekly contact with various friends and founders, they have been an immense support in my life.
"Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness.” - J Cameron
Hang in there, you got this! May the next chapter in your journey be bright.