When I was a youngster in the ’60s the broadcasting stations would have what was called “A Test of the Emergency Broadcast System”. As you were watching television or listening to the radio, these tests would come on the air in the form of a buzzing noise then the announcer would say “This is a test of the emergency broadcast system. If it were an actual emergency you would be instructed where to go and what to do. This is only a test.”
As we trod down the road of entrepreneurship we encounter situations which sometimes send us reeling into a panic when in reality it’s only a test. Life tests us all, no one is exempt. We get tested in order to build our character. Just as in school we get tested to build our knowledge and so life tests us to build character so that we can grow into the people that we are to become.
Entrepreneurs sign-up or volunteer for the most severe life testing. Industrialists are likened to the military Special Forces. We take on the nearly impossible job of creating new businesses, industries, products, and niches. Entrepreneurs do what most people would never dream of doing; navigating uncharted lands and waters, creating inventions that the masses deem ridiculous, pursuing visions that seem crazy to most others. Therefore, we have to grow a thick skin to endure the criticisms, ridicule, and downright mistreatment that we often receive from others while in the pursuit of our dream.
The game of entrepreneurship is governed by spiritual laws/rules. So, in order to be successful in the game, it is imperative to learn the rules “The Game of Life and How to Play It” ∼Florence Scoval Shinn∼ Learning the laws/rules of the game require extra learning/training and a continued sharping of the knowledge which comes in the form of practice which involves tests. I have found for myself that as I acquire newer information invariably a situation arises which requires me to put the knowledge to practical application. I have also found that when I chose not to apply the knowledge I’ve learned the situation reappears. “Entrepreneurship is the ultimate spiritual game” ∼Tony Robbins∼
While navigating the path of entrepreneurship most people encounter unexpected trials and tribulations. These trials and tribulations that we face are the tests which continually build our spiritual muscle to face the next set of challenges coming our way. The day will come when you will want to give up and quit, the day will come when resources won’t be available; the day will come when you have to learn something new in order to accomplish the task that you are working on, Murphy’s Law will make a special guest appearance, and the list goes on. All of this is necessary to build the character needed to handle the responsibility that comes along with success. “You can hurt as many people as you can help.” ∼Joyce Meyer∼
It takes a special mindset to get up day after day and pursue something that is seemingly impossible knowing that the odds are stacked against your success. Having to grind every day with tasks that you would rather not perform. Training your mind in problem-solving and how to handle the ups and downs of building a business. It’s much easier to follow the crowd and get a job where someone controls your life and more importantly your thinking. The entrepreneur is that special character that tells themself that regardless of the odds, lack of knowledge, lack of resources, or whatever, I’m going to keep at this until I make it happen.
So, when you face the terrifying testing that we all must go through or rather grow through, the testing that frightens and repels the masses, remember to tell yourself “This is only a test. In the event of an actual emergency, I will be instructed where to go and what to do.” Enjoy your journey! (This post was inspired by Jerrum of WA)