Every business venture in life comes with a price. It may not be a monetary value but it will cost you time, energy, sleep, small investments, losing friendships and even intimate relationships. Being successful is not easy. Its not a walk in the park. You must learn to FALL IN LOVE WITH THE PROCESS.
The day I started No Days Off Entertainment, LLC I had a clear vision. I wrote my ideas down on paper and I knew exactly how I wanted things to happen. In my head, I had everything figured out. My marketing strategies, a solid team backing me, signed agreements, investors and established business owners as partners. Never once did I think things would not go as planned.
When I planned my first event I saw a sold out crowd. My first event was a bust. Everything you can think of went wrong. NOTHING went as planned. That did not stop me. In fact, that only motivated my drive even more. I went back to the drawing board. I had to figure out where I went wrong. I wanted to be successful so bad that I stayed up night after night trying to figure out what I needed to do in order to make my business venture work. I did not care how much money it would take me. I did not care how much sleep I lost. I did not care if I lost my best friend because I was determined.
The process comes before the success. I fell in love with the process so much that there was a point in time when I looked up and I hadn't been to sleep in 72 hours. Sleep was for people who were tired of working, and tired of dreaming. I loved working at my dream so much that my body had become accustomed to being up and working to make my dream work. I wake up every morning at 7am with my business on my brain.
I fell in love with the process so much that I looked up and I had invested all my money. I was looking at lint in my pockets. Money was not an objective any more. If you want your dream to work you have to learn how to make it work with NO MONEY. With no money I made connections with people that had money and I made them believe in my dream. They believed in my vision so much that they gave me money in order to be successful.
I'll never forget my first investor. My first investor inspired me to continue my entrepreneur journey. He believed my vision would work. I knew it was a matter of time that I would reap the benefits of my hard work because other people believed just as much as I did.
Falling in love with the process is not easy either. I had to listen to motivational speakers like Eric Thomas that told me I had to work when everyone else was sleeping. I listened to people like Joel Olsteen tell me that It was okay for me to dream bigger than me and that if I go through life praying only 'barely getting by' prayers, I'll miss the fullness of my destiny.
I read books and journal articles that encouraged me to be a better me everyday. I kept track of other entrepreneurs and the mistakes they made in business so that I wouldn't make the same mistakes. I became a walking advertisement for my business and I became my own biggest fan. If you want to be successful you have to fall in love with the process and know that soon the results will come.
Fun facts about the Author
I chew my ice cream. People do that right?