Grit, Insight and Patience

Grit, insight, and patience. Three critical elements of the entrepreneurial puzzle.

Develop these traits and watch your life take shape.

Like many worthwhile pursuits, it will not be easy to learn these skills.

And that’s the point.

Grit

The ability to work through extremely challenging situations without giving up just because things get difficult. If you start a business, expect that challenges and eventual setbacks are going to happen.

In the real world, on the field of play where stakes are high, this isn’t like the movies. If you’re not ready to be scared, make difficult decisions or be generally unsure about what the next move should be literally constantly, then do not undertake this journey.

Insight

Knowing when to work harder vs. when to work smarter.

Being able to see “around corners” as much as you can and anticipate challenges before they come up. Knowing how to connect the dots and see the entire vision, then knowing how to break that vision down into executable pieces.

Knowing how to connect the dots and see the entire vision, then knowing how to break that vision down into executable pieces.

These are all forms of insight, which can be sharpened significantly through the practice of running a business — and they are all essential to the health of that business.

Patience

Everything happens at an accelerated pace when remembered in hindsight. But in the moment, day-to-day life can seem incredibly slow.

The answer to this uncomfortable feeling is to zoom in more.

Rather than trying to race to the end result — the place where your business is finally “successful” in your mind — try focusing more on what you’re actually doing in the business now.

Start to give careful attention to the monotonous details and make sure that every brick you lay is set “just so.”

Keep your head down and do the work. Come up for air occasionally to remind yourself of the grand vision. Watch 10 years go by.

You’ll notice that more often than not, when you focus on the process before the path, the journey will feel much faster.

Time flies when you’re having fun.

Daniel DiPiazza
@Rich20Something

Daniel is the founder and CEO of Rich20Something.

A millennial business mastermind, he has successfully started three consecutive freelance businesses and scaled them to over $100K in revenue with zero startup capital. His work is regularly featured in Time Magazine, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fox News, and Yahoo! Business.

His debut book, Rich20Something, publishes on May 2, 2017.

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