Running a business is not easy. In fact, it’s pretty darn hard. In fact, it’s really, really darn hard.
For the uninitiated, they are sure to learn this fact again, and again, and again.
Even when things go right, you’ll be worrying about the five things that can go wrong.
Of course, this is not something that lasts forever. You will need to pay your dues to improve your competencies, know your place in the market and do your best to keep yourself relevant.
All of this takes energy. It can demotivate you if you’re not good with facing obstacles.
You might find that your performance isn’t quite where you’d like it to be. You may be struggling to grow that profit line for reinvestment into your business.
While running a business (despite this difficulty,) can be rewarding, satisfying and give you the best working memories you’ll ever make, it’s also a heroic challenge to undertake. For any heroic challenge, you’ll need drive.
For drive, you’ll need passion. Here’s how:
Love Your Craft
Loving a craft is essential if you hope to refine your abilities and truly become a master at something.
Without this interest in mastery, you can often find yourself rooted towards less important matters in your daily life. This can send a business wayward.
We all know when a business or even individual respect has lost their hunger and drive. It’s clear to see. You see this with artists, musicians, and especially brands.
It’s not uncommon to reminisce about the golden age of a certain matter, and this can be quite sad. As a leader, you must never allow yourself to be counted in this number.
Loving a craft is essential. It can help guide you through life. It can make you useful.
When you really know your stuff, you also become an organic leader, ready to apply yourself distinctly to any situation that requires you.
This, in itself, is intensely motivational. It might be that you get a master’s degree in Information Technology Leadership and this is what inspires you. You may decide to apply as an apprentice for a small craft and work your way up.
You may decide to use your self-taught skills to weave a product or piece of content that’s sure to turn heads, beginning the slow march to reputation-building you have dreamt of.
No matter what you choose, the ability to find internal drive will need to be something you do. Think of it like a fire that keeps you going, rather than a cup to be filled.
Waking up each morning and reminding yourself you do what you do is essential.
Keeping a vision, bringing something new, staying proud of your own efforts are all positive emotions to feel, and help reinforce your sense of belonging in a given craft.
It’s not hard to see how an internal drive can build from that point. You may be pleasantly surprised.
With these very simple efforts, finding the internal drive to lead a business will slowly begin to kindle.