“No man is an island.” That’s an understatement. Isn’t it a shame that the people closest to you, or even relatives don’t support you in your business? Why? There are several reasons, too many to mention. There are just some people that don’t want to see you succeed. It’s makes them look bad. No one wants to look bad. And, there are people in your inner circle that feel this way. Yikes! What do you do? Get a support system outside your inner circle. In other words: separate your circles with a new network.
This is essential if you have family members that are your biggest critics. It may hurt to not have them in your corner. Truthfully, are you going to give up just because they have no vision? Or, they don’t believe in you? How about, they don’t think that you can do it? That’s their opinion. You’d be surprised at how many people that are related to you, or live in your own home are envious and jealous of you. It does take confidence and self respect to be able to do something that others don’t believe that you can do. Or, know that they themselves can’t. This is where having a good support system comes in.
When your biggest critics live with and/or are close to you, you’ll have to create a circle of people on the outside that will support you. A word of caution: unsuccessful people will also support you into the poor house, watch your circle. You need a plan, and you don’t want to jump into anything headfirst just because someone is stroking your ego, or worse pumping up your pride. That’s a disaster of epic proportions. You need a mentor who encourages and inspires you, not a cheerleader. Cheerleaders also cheer at games where their team loses: don’t forget that.
Coaching is important as well. No one knows it all, so why not teach your kids and others that very principle. Only people with big egos think that they’ll be successful without a real track record. People fail in business everyday because of this. You’ll need help to be successful, lots of it. You’ll need a network, and supporters that will help you when things get tough. You’ll also need people in your corner that can lead you in the right direction. It takes humility and maturity to do things with others that may challenge you and your ideas. Is it worth it? Of course.
Resources that you were unaware of are also a great reason to tap into these a support system. Where will the money come from? Cardinal rule #1: use other people’s money. How will you do that? Ask your coach or mentor. Using your money is not only risky, it’s unnecessary. Besides, not many people have a whole year’s salary saved up in case the business fails. It’s a fact. The road the Hell is paved with good intentions.
Most will fail within the 1st 2 years. Are you going to be a statistic? Not if your mentor/coach has anything to do with it. They can see around corners, and see blind spots. Let them help you, for your own sake. They are there to help you succeed. They’re not investing in failure, they invested in success. Especially yours. Pick their brains, and let them lead you to the right resources. The fortune is really in the follow up. They know how to follow up. Your mentor is going to make sure you get what you need. A coach will challenge you to get there, and keep you on task.