I don’t care if you are an entrepreneur who is just starting out, or a seasoned entrepreneur with (25) fortune 5 companies under your belt; we all have mental challenges to overcome. That is why one of my favorite sayings is “The toughest battles you will ever fight are the ones you fight within yourself.” Truer words have seldom been spoken when it comes to entrepreneurs. What that does mean is that you need to “Recognize” these challenges, “Ponder” these challenges, and put an “Action Plan” in place for how you plan to deal with these challenges when they do present themselves. Below are 3 mental challenges I’m sure every entrepreneur has had at some time on their adventure to make their dreams a reality.
People often ask me why do you feel this is something we have to overcome in this day and age. I think that people often forget that as long as you are doing what society says is the norm or is advantageous then you are accepted and viewed in favor of society. Any time a group pushes you away or out you will feel like you are alone, you will feel like you don’t belong, you will be lonely. If you always look at things the same way or if you are always trying to live your life to someone else’s standard, are you really living “Your” life?
I can’t think of one successful entrepreneur I have ever spoken to that looked at the world the same as everyone else does. These are the people who every time you talk to them they are starting something great and new and they are always doing and having the best in life. When the tire meets the road and it’s all over but the real, actual, down in the trenches WORK that is when you’ll see who the real entrepreneurs are and who’s just talking about being an entrepreneur. As much as every Entrepreneur probably never wants to admit it, almost all people have had a boss at some point in their life.
They need to collect a paycheck every two weeks and they need someone to direct their lives daily as to what time they will come to the office, when they will go to lunch, when they will leave at night to go see their family, what they will do every second between the time they get up in the morning and when they close their eyes at night. For an Entrepreneur, this is a death warrant to them mentally, but how many potential entrepreneurs do you know that can’t get past the “security” and “direction” a Boss provides them?
Is it scary when all of sudden 24 hours a day becomes “Yours” and no one is telling you to go here, do this, talk to so and so, and you better be here at this time tomorrow?
Because you have been conditioned your whole life since you were a small child to have a “Boss”.
What I am saying is that in our current society and system, what we have in place is conditioning us and pointing us in the direction to have a boss. If you want the real challenge of life and you really want to see what you are made of, let me take the boss away, let me take your “security” of a paycheck away, and let me take your daily “direction” away. 80% of the population is used to someone telling them where to be, when to be there, how to get there, what to do once they get there, when to leave, etc… For 80% of the population this seems to work just fine and they seem to adapt and accept that this as their life.
Let me be completely honest with you: There isn’t one best way to manage “your” time because everyone is different. I believe that once you truly realize and understand the value of time, you will never waste another minute of it again. I love to talk to the 80% of the population who work 9 to 5 and listen to them tell me about how disciplined they are.
Why shouldn’t I sleep till noon everyday and get up and play Xbox till 7:00pm at night and then just go back to sleep and do whatever I feel like doing the next day? Because as an entrepreneur no one, and I repeat “No One” is going to ever hand you anything. If you sit around all day waiting for the perfect time, or perfect place, or perfect situation to happen for you to go get your dream, let me let you in on a secret… IT’S NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN!! If you think someone is going to hand you “Your” dream, or that they are going to give you a break, or out of the kindness of their heart they are going to give you a million dollars to make your dreams come true, you are dead wrong and you are only lying to yourself.

Now you know the perfect situation and the perfect person to help you achieve any goal you have in life… It’s “YOU”!! Keep asking yourself that question till you can’t stand to hear it anymore, till it makes you mad to hear yourself say it, then turn out the light, step out into the real world, and take some “ACTION” to make your dreams come true. I know there is nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it and you refuse to quit on yourself. So next time you have a challenge, instead of thinking to yourself what happens if I fail to achieve my dreams, think to yourself “Who’s Going To Stop Me?”. Thanks for taking the time to read this post and for letting me share some of my ideas and thoughts with you.
Regarding the Loneliness – I believe many entrepreneurs are a part of a startup community, an online forum etc. I agree with your comment about loneliness, but not every entrepreneur has a startup community where they are. As far as Time Management is concerned you are right there are a lot of good apps online to help you solve at least parts of the time management problems.
I am lucky enough to have a boss that knows my value and realizes that when I do a great job, his job is easier. Your first statement is very true, not everyone is cut out to be their own boss or to be an entrepreneur. This article wasn’t about employees, managers, mid-level management, or even senior leadership for that matter. I’m happy for you that you have a boss who realizes your value and appreciates what you do for him each and every day. Performing as a superior, effective, meaningful, and (hopefully) great leader, necessitates a mindset and a willingness to continuously become better, and thus make a more significant impact on his organization. Perhaps the most significant difference between merely serving in some position of leadership, versus really leading, is a true leader knows, realizes and accepts the idea that no one is ever perfect, and thus must seek (on a daily basis) to IMPROVE in such a way as to become better able to lead in a valuable, relevant and sustainable way. Are you ready, willing and able to introduce original ideas, in order to make your group stronger? Merely doing something or seeming (or even being) busy is generally unrelated to truly leading.
Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. Anyone who tells you that their mental game is 100% taken care of is just flat out lying to your face. But when you don’t do what everyone else does, when you are working towards your own goals, at your own pace and time, or have different objectives than the norm in society, then all of a sudden you are pushed to the outside of society and forced to justify your position in life. How are you supposed to start and build new things if you only see the world as others have always told you that you need to see it? Because not everyone can think the way you do, not everyone has your background and your experiences to see life the way you do.
They think it’s cool to put on their resume or throw around at parties, but a true entrepreneur knows the difference. When it comes time to “Grind”, or work the 20 hour day, or fly to 5 cities in a week to talk to clients, or fly around the world to meet with suppliers so you can turn around an hour later and fly back so you can present at your local chamber of commerces the next day. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had one for a few hours, or 30 years, we all know what it is like to work for someone else. I think anyone who sits back and takes an honest look and ponders what I just said will see how we are pointed in that very direction.
Let me give you back your 24 hours a day, let me tell you that you can do anything you want to do in this life as long as you are willing to accept “Your” own actions and be responsible for yourself and your actions.

As a matter of fact, I would be willing to say that an entrepreneur’s most valuable commodity is “Time”. I’ve talked to entrepreneurs who have their calendar set and know what they will be doing 6 months from now at 10:30 in the morning.
Chris leads others towards their own excellence – while vanquishing fear and abandoning the status quo. Do you have the ability to visualize things (ramifications) that others may not as easily perceive of?
This means leading by example, and doing so in an automatic, constant and consistent manner.
Rather, a real leader has a sense of urgency and direction, that directs him to develop priorities, and to not merely suggest, but rather plan the best course of action, etc., to follow. Do you continuously bring the maximum energy and enthusiasm that lets others clearly know what you seek to do? You can’t lead effectively until and unless you accept the fact that everyone can always get better! He has professionally run events, consulted to over a thousand leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for over 30 years. As a qualified pilot, Ford owns a total of eight planes, among them this Cessna 680 Sovereign, a long-range jet. You can either accept this truth as a gift and use it to change the world, or you can look at it like a curse and try to live a life someone else wants you to live; the life someone else dictates to you.
No more easy… You have all the tools you need, now go use them, and make your dreams a reality. I’ve also talked to entrepreneurs who have their days broken down into 15 minute blocks and they execute on that with precision daily. If I don’t have the security of a paycheck coming in every two weeks, and if I don’t have anywhere I need to be at any certain time today, then why should I even get out of bed? As an entrepreneur when you stop “Grinding”, “Hustling”, “Pushing”, whatever you want to call it, today is the day you need to start looking for a Boss. Can you differentiate between mere pie-in-the sky approaches, as opposed to considering, developing and best utilizing alternatives? You must never merely use the rhetoric of change, but must become the vehicle to assure the best opportunities, etc. Will others consider your ideas to be reasonable and rational, and if not, are you ready, willing and able to further explain thoroughly your rationale? Are you willing to accept average or mediocre, or will you strive for excellence in everything you do?
But what is important is that you have a time management system in place that works for “You” and your lifestyle. If it’s “Your” dream then go out and make it happen, go out and grab it with both hands and refuse to let go.
As a best-selling author and accomplished coach and mentor, he's always striving to live a “No-Limit's” lifestyle, while simultaneously working to help other people, and to get things done. Then you go to sleep at this time so you can get up at this time and repeat this same thing all over tomorrow.

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